Described by Club Chairman as ‘the greatest day in the short history of Claremorris Colts RFC’ on the visit last Friday of former Pro12 Champions Connacht Rugby to the Convent Pitch for a pre-season training session. Following the workout, squad players spent some time with the Club’s mini and underage members offering playing tips and advice as well as signing autographs and standing in for photographs.
On their arrival Colts members welcomed the Connacht Rugby team with a guard of honour as they ran out on to the pitch.
In thanking the Connacht Rugby squad and team management on coming to Claremorris, Jarlath Sweeney wished the team every success for the forthcoming season and welcomed new head Coach Kieran Keane to the West of Ireland. “ Special thanks to Mount St. Michael School and Claremorris Soccer Club for the use of their facilities and to the local GAA Club. And to the Colts Committee members, parents and children for the great attendance, tremendous help and support, on this most memorable day for the Club.”
“We don’t have a long rugby history in the locality, as we were only established in 2009, but what we are doing is creating history. We have a very busy period ahead on-field and off-field as we continue to develop our minis and underage structure to support our Junior team in the Connacht League and also we are about 25% into the development of our new pitch facilities at the Sports Park nearby.”
Jarlath acknowledged the attendance of Cllr Richard Finn, Chairman, Mayo County Council and Cllr Tom Connnolly.
Connacht Rugby Team Captain John Muldoon was delighted with the warm reception and thank Claremorris Rugby Club for the great welcome and paid special reference and praise to the collaboration between the local sports clubs, “We need more of this to happen around the Country,” he said.
On the conclusion of the visit, the Connacht squad then took up another physical challenge in climbing Croagh Patrick!
Claremorris Colts welcome the 2016 PRO12 Championship winning team to their home on Friday 11th August. The team will be arriving at 9:15am and will be conducting a light training session on the Convent pitch. After their session they will be helping the young colts with their training too, and finally they will be available for autographs and photographs. This is a great coup for the Colts as they look to develop the club further and they are hoping to invite Connacht back for the opening of the newly developed pitch in 2018
If you want to see these Connacht heroes in action you will need to be there. We are hoping that all Colts will come in their Colts’ kit to create a really colourful spectacle for the arrival of the Connacht team. After their visit with the Colts the team are off for their annual climb of Croagh Patrick. That’s if we don’t tire them out too much!
Don’t forget: Friday 9am, Convent pitch. Wear your colts gear!
Our mini players have another busy morning ahead this Saturday February 12th as we host a mini rugby home blitz with both Carrick on Shannon & Dunmore RFC. Meanwhile the all the Girls teams have an away blitz in Castlebar RFC.
Our boys will host the mini rugby teams from Carrick on Shannon RFC & Dunmore RFC at the Convent Pitch Claremorris on Saturday morning. Games start at 10am so players should be on the pitch by 9.50am. Please ensure your child has their gumshield as the NO GUMSHIELD NO PLAY rule will be strictly enforced. We would be grateful to any parents who can help by bringing sandwiches and with catering on Saturday morning.
All the the Girls teams have an away blitz in Castlebar. We are car pooling to Castlebar meeting at the train station car park at 9.15am. The pitch in Castlebar is located in Cloondeash, which is off the Ballinrobe road, approx 5km from the town.
The Colts mini rugby boys & girls teams travel north this Saturday 11th February to Sligo. The mini rugby blitz takes place in the grounds of Sligo IT which is located off Ash Lane, Ballinode. We need all players to arrive at the grounds and be ready to play at 9:45am latest.
There will be a bus leaving the Train Station Car Park in Claremorris at 8:20am sharp to arrive at Sligo IT for 9:45am latest. The cost of the bus is €5 per player.
To insure everyone needing transportation on Saturday is accommodated, we are asking all parents to text Robert 087-7411619 with your child’s full name to reserve a seat for your child on the bus. Parents who have reserved a seat will get priority on Saturday morning and we cannot guarantee a seat on the bus for your child unless yo have reserved in advance.
We expect to arrive at Sligo IT for 9:45am latest and will be assembling in front of the main sports hall. Our hosts will be directing the various teams to their playing pitches at 9:45am so please arrive before that time.
NO GUM SHIELD NO PLAY !!
We expect the mini rugby games to finish by 11.45am and Sligo Rugby Club have very kindly offered to provide refreshments for the ‘Colts’ players. It’s planned to start the return journey to Claremorris by 12:15pm and to arrive at the Local Car Park by 1:15pm.
Please call Robert 087-7411619 if you have any questions or need further detail on the trip to Sligo on Saturday morning.
Directions to Sligo IT