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Barna Knocknacarra Rugby Club

Welcome back everybody to another season of mini rugby with Barna Knocknacarra Rugby Club. And what a year it has been for the club? We are 10 years old this year, our very first team is now knocking on the doors of NUIG RFC and will graduate from NUIG Academy this year. Just like Connacht rugby ‘from grass roots to green shoots’ we too are providing future players for our province. All good things however must come to an end and this year sees the graduation of last year’s under 12 team who now move up to the academy. We say good bye to three of our senior coaches who have led this team for many years. Ray Foley, Ger O Connor and Paul O Kennedy will shortly be heard exhorting the best from our newest under 13 team at Dangan. In another progression our very first BKRFC team of 10 years ago is now u17 and will graduate the NUIG academy at the end of this season.

This year, instead of burying our already slender admin resources in paper and cash/cheques to be lodged, we are asking all of you to register and pay for your children via the Teamer and Stripe apps. You can do this by following the link sent today to your email account or via text message. Registration for the 2017 season is set at €80 for the first child ,€150 for 2 children and €220 for 3 children. In addition to receiving a full kit in year 1, your child will also receive a hoodie in year 2 and a beanie hat in year 3. Thanks are due to Richie Ashe and Paul Grout for setting this up for the club.

You may have seen the recruitment roadside posters or flyers in your child’s school bag this past week. We would like to thank Brian Sexton of Musgraves and Clarkes Supervalu of Barna for sponsoring these and Val Mc Evoy father of Luke who arranged for their erection. PLEASE pass the word to your friends, neighbours etc that BKRFC are actively recruiting new members at all age groups from under 7 to under 12. With the popularity of Connacht rugby now, there is no better Parent/Child bonding, we believe, than over rugby on a Saturday morning.

BKRFC is run for its members by its members. We have 3 committees running in the club, The main club committee elected at AGM each year and 2 satellite committees, ‘The Pitch Committee’ and ‘The fundraising Committee’. In addition to these committees we also need help coaching the children, preparing hospitality for Blitzs etc. You can help by providing your expertise if you have any but more importantly your time to the club. It makes a huge difference in morale to our officers and coaches to see parents muck in and help the club. Please contact Tony or any of the club officers if you have expertise in fundraising, Public relations, Administration, Grant applications etc. Our children are only children for such a short period in their lives and it really does take a rugby village to raise a rugby child!

There are a couple of coaching courses coming up which would equip you the parent with the skills necessary to become a coach

  1. Stage 1 coaching. Fri 23rd Sept – Sat 24th. Sportsground
  2. Stage 2 coaching. Mon 10/17/24 Oct. Sportsground Please see Tony if you would like to register.

This video was shown at Connacht Mini rugby AGM and is well worth 5 minutes of your time #letkidsbekids. All the coaches in BKRFC will try to role model the message in this video and we ask that you as parents try as well, and together we can give the children a great season.

Laws of rugby, 15.4 The tackler.
(a)When a player tackles an opponent and they both go to ground, the tackler must immediately release the tackled player. (b)The tackler must immediately get up or move away from the tackled player and from the ball at once. (c)The tackler must get up before playing the ball and then may play the ball from any direction.Sanction: Penalty kick

Famous rugby quotes “Remember that rugby is a team game; all 14 of you make sure you pass the ball to Jonah.” FAX to the All Blacks before the 1995 World Cup semi-final.

Up-coming Connacht home games. o Friday September 30th Connacht v Edinburgh 19.35 o Friday October 7th Connacht v Ulster 19.35