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Roscrea and Birr Rugby Clubs join forces at underage level

Friday, 2nd October, 2020 9:37am
Roscrea and Birr Rugby Clubs join forces at underage level

Ravens under 18s before their debut against Mullingar RFC.jpg

Roscrea and Birr Rugby Clubs join forces at underage level

Ravens under 18s before their debut against Mullingar RFC.jpg


In these turbulent times genuine good news is hard to come by.

With the constant trepidation and anxiety that has become part and parcel of daily life, one would be forgiven for thinking that positive stories have been put on hold. Sport however has become a shining beacon and a positive distraction for many against the backdrop of the current pandemic. As such it is fitting that the combined enthusiasm of neighbours Roscrea and Birr rugby clubs have found their own perfect sporting antidote by joining forces at underage level.

It is generally acknowledged that the principal objective of any sporting organisation is to provide and cater for every age groups development in terms of training and eventually, meaningful competition. This is what keeps the player production line in motion and is the fundamental basis for the strategy of every successful club. Like so many things in life, participation is the key and having the required numbers of playing personnel at every level is essential to providing the desired outcome. When this point is not reached, then creative decisions need to be made in terms of direction. 

Birr RFC and Roscrea RFC share many things, a geographical hinterland, a rich sporting heritage, a social history, but perhaps most significantly both clubs share a collective ethos whereby their commitment to providing for their players is paramount above all else. As such, when the decision to initiate a new alliance was first considered, both clubs made considerable efforts to make the ambitious dream a reality. The result of these endeavours is an exciting and dynamic new brand to be named the Ravens encapsulating the Boys under 17s & 18s and the Girls under 14s & 16s from both clubs.

The objective is to provide a strong, progressive and positive rugby experience for all local youths interested in a unique sporting adventure. The combined knowledge, resources and pedigree of both clubs will provide the fundamental basis for the new venture, with shared coaching and a revolving training base. Both parent clubs are very excited about the new amalgamation and have complete confidence that it will provide an overwhelmingly positive outcome for all involved.

The Under 18s boys had the honour of recording the Ravens debut performance when they visited Mullingar last Saturday. Although as a group they have only been training together for a matter of weeks, they showed massive potential and put on an exciting display in defence and attack. Even defeat could not take the shine off what was an overwhelmingly positive first outing. The team was captained by Paddy Sheeran with a coaching group of John O'Dowd, Denis Rusu, John Delaney and John Regan. The only negative from the occasion was a shoulder injury to the indomitable Conor Franks, who will no doubt return stronger than ever.

Ravens team: Adam Kiely, Jamie Conlon, Adam Corcoran; Conor Lyons, Niall Calvert; Ciaran Yates, Cameron Fairbrother, Paddy Sheeran; Nathan Cummins, Adam Wallace; Josh Moriarty, Tom Errity, Luke Gleeson, Edwin Barry; Darragh Tierney. Reps: Jake Thompson, Eoin Burke, Conor Franks.

Training for the Ravens under 14 & 16 girls is every Wednesday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 6:15pm in Roscrea for September and Birr for October. Contact Ciara 087 2024936 for more info.

Training for the Ravens under 17 & 18 boys is every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm in Roscrea for September and Birr for October. Contact Denis 087 6666402 for more info

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