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Membership Update - PLEASE READ IN FULL

Membership renewal open – Season 2021/2022

 

An email has been sent to all members, registered on ClubZap last season, to renew their membership 

 

The membership subscription page can also be found at: 

https://www.stmaryscollegerfc.com/membership_products 

 

Please consider the Family subscription discount – 2 adults & any number of children.  It’s great value.  To avail of the family subscription discount please simply keep adding members and the system will automatically calculate the discount.  

A 3 instalment option is available to help spread the cost.  A payment of 1/3 will be charged to your nominated card immediately with a second charge a month later and the final 1/3 one month later still. 

All players and coaches must be registered as paid members by 30 September 2021 or they may not take place in club events, training, matches etc.   
 

If you are unable to pay subscriptions due to your personal circumstances please contact John Bainbridge in strict confidence.  No player will be excluded from our club for inability to pay. 

 

If you have any questions, comments etc. on membership matters please contact John Bainbridge on 087 2909 886 or membership@smcrfc.com

 

IRFU Rugby Connect

Separately the IRFU require all players to register on the IRFU Rugby Connect system.  This includes all Mini, Youth, and Adult players and all coaches. 

It is very important to note for players that they must be properly registered on the system in order to be eligible to play a Leinster Branch/IRFU competitive match. Please contact your team manager directly if you have any queries.

No payment is required as part of this registration. 

Non playing members etc. can also register if you wish but it is compulsory for players and coaches.  

 

This system is managed by SportsLomo on behalf of the IRFU/Leinster Branch. For people registered on the system last season, they will receive automated renewal notices by email to reregister for the new season in the coming weeks. 

 

See https://www.irishrugby.ie/running-your-club/rugbyconnect/ for a selection of guides for: 

 

 

To renew if registered last season click here: https://irfu.sportsmanager.ie/sportlomo/users/login 

 

To register click here: https://reg.sportlomo.com/club/IRFU/leinsterrugby/stmaryscollegerfc 

 

Vetting

 

All coaches of minis and youths and anyone working with children in our club must apply for vetting through Rugby Connect.  Further instructions will be issued directly from the Directors of Mini and Youth Rugby.  Our Club Welfare Officer, Pearl Healy, can help with any questions. 

 

Please note there are two options, please ensure you select the correct option: 

  1. For occasional work with children 

  1. For regular work with children.  This would include all minis and youths coaches.

Any coach of underage teams who has not completed the vetting process will not be allowed to work with children in our club.

DAF Monthly Coffee Morning

Our DAF Zoom May Coffee morning takes place this coming Thursday, 26th August.

Please join us on Zoom again this month for a virtual coffee & chat with some St. Mary's College RFC friends from far and wide, including Pat Drennan in Australia, Mervyn Johnson in Spain and others. 

It will take place on Zoom at 11am. 

Here are the Zoom details: 
CLICK HERE TO JOIN

Meeting ID: 846 0186 6160
Passcode: 418243

All welcome to join. 

For more details please contact Marie by email HERE

Call for players born in 2005 and 2006

We would like to put a call out to all players, both experienced and beginners, who were born in 2005 and 2006, that are looking to play rugby in St. Mary's College RFC.

All players are welcome and pre-season will commence on Sunday 22nd August at 12pm. The team will meet before training in the lower carpark next to the second pitch in Templeville Road.


If you or someone you know is interested, please contact either Brian Sheridan on 086 8550401 or Niall Tracey on and 085 8148827.

The Coaching & Management Team, and all of the current players, would love to see you up in the Club - so why not give it a try?!

St. Mary's J2 XV VS Railway RFC

17th August 2021 

 

Almost exactly a year to the day when our lads had their last match vs Terenure College RFC in Lakelands, we finally togged out in the Blue and White to play a friendly in Templeville Road. What a feeling. Emotions were high and nerves even higher. There was a great sense of “at last” as the two teams warmed up – Covid has taken its toll on all of society and amateur sport was not spared; so to have live rugby being played in Templeville Road again is fantastic for players and fans alike. The atmosphere just before kick-off was immense.
 

Despite Covid-regulations limiting a number of regular match-day norms, the on-pitch rules have been largely unaffected. At 7.50pm the lads put on the jerseys for the first time in just under 365 days - thankfully they still fit. Guided on the day by Coach Lenzo who has transitioned to full time coach after hanging up his boots, and managers Harry Ebbs and Aaron Hudson, the lads were in good(ish) hands. Coaches Lyonsy and GMac had more pressing issues to work on like getting a tan and enjoying some beers by the pool so they sadly didn’t get to see our lads play on the nighy. The good news was that former Mary’s star Brewer was on hand to record our match so our coaches in absentia could watch the game poolside. As we were on the back pitches Brewer couldn’t get a great angle, so after consulting with Groundsman Pokey, Aaron drove his unnecessarily large jeep on the pitch and Brewer had a great elevated view for the match. 
 

The game kicked off at 8pm sharp and right away big hits came in from both sides. Crunching tackles, some great passing and some brilliant break away runs were made by backs and forwards alike. Al McPhillips who has turned back the clock made a couple of great breaks, as did Donners, both proving age is just a number. Jack Flanagan spent the game trying to break ankles with his sidesteps and our forwards ran at the gain-line like bulls at a red flag. Led by Captain Fionan Magee, Mary’s were vocal and physical, and neither team could break the deadlock until the 20th minute. Railway snuck in for a try just as the ref blew up for the first third of the game. 0-7. The 2nd third kicked off, and after an impassioned chat between Lenzo and the team, we came out swinging, winning a number of penalties from the scrums and with our lineouts performing well it seemed a try was inevitable. With 34 minutes gone on the clock, old-man Donners bullied his way over the try line as he loves to do so often, and El General James Bourke added the 2 points. 7-7 with the final third left to play.
 

With 20 minutes remaining, it was all to play for - nothing separated the teams. With rolling subs came fresh feet and the game stayed lively throughout. On the 53rd minutes, the always-entertaining Podge Dundon bashed through the Railway defence and went over. The conversion attempt gliding just passed the posts. 12-7 to Mary’s. With 2 minutes to go it seemed we had done enough, however, an awry bounce of the ball found our lads flat-footed and Railway seized the opportunity to go under the posts for a well-scored try. 12-14. All seemed lost. However, we hadn’t given up. Right from the restart, our lads were in attack mode. The ball found its way to Rob Trew (who recently became a father for the first time - congratulations from all at St. Mary's College RFC) and Rob, summoning up superhuman strength despite minimal sleep the last 10 days, bulldozed his way over the try line with the clock now firmly in the red. As out-half Bourkey had made the conscious decision to be sin-binned, the kicking tee was handed to the quiet and unassuming Cal Gray. After an Owen Farrell-esque run-up, Cal slotted the ball right between the posts. Due to Cal’s discreet nature, we certainly won’t be hearing any more about this.
 

The match ended 19-14 to the good guys – a great start to this year’s rugby campaign. Despite being a friendly, both sides gave it their all and left it all on the pitch. Railway played some great rugby and were great guests in Templeville Road and we wish them all the best in their cup and league campaigns. With only a few weeks now until our cup starts, and with a win under our belts, the J2s are dying to get going – we face Seapoint in the cup on September 4th and we hope to see you there cheering our lads on! 

Upcoming Club Fixtures

UPCOMING FIXTURES - WEEK ENDING 29TH AUGUST 2021:

J1 XV v Old Belvedere (A - Ollie Campbell Park) Saturday 3pm - Metro Cup 2nd Round

U20 XV v Old Wesley (H) Sunday 3pm - Friendly

J3 XV v Tallaght (H) Friday 8pm - Friendly


CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR FIXTURE WEBSITE

St. Mary's College RFC Golf Classic 2021

The 2021 St. Mary's College RFC Golf Classic will take place on Friday September 3rd at the Castle Golf Club at 10:30am - 12:30pm / 2pm - 4pm.

There will be tea & coffee plus a goodie bag on arrival, with a meal taking place after completion of the round in the Castle clubhouse.

To take part or for more information please contact Declan Fanning, Frank Kennedy, Marie Hammond, David Donohoe, Niall Rynne or Ronnie McBrien

Club Draw - Monthly Winner of €1000!

Congratulations to our monthly club draw winner Gerry Dunne - €1,000 will be with you shortly Gerry!

If you haven't entered already, make sure to do so ASAP - it only costs €10 a month and you could be the next winner of €1000!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

St. Mary's College RFC Junior Rugby Recruitment

This year's Junior Rugby campaign will kick off in just a few short weeks when our lads have their first cup games, followed shortly thereafter by the Leinster Leagues.

Our Junior Rugby setup caters for all levels, from beginners to players with years of experience. We're always looking for new players and anyone who would like to join would be more than welcome.

If you or someone you know would like to take part and join one of our Junior teams, then please email:

harryebbs@hotmail.com or mgoflaherty@gmail.com

St. Mary's College RFC U20s are back!

O6r U20s are back training and have even had their first match! It's great to see them back in action and we're always looking for new players!

If you or someone you know is interested in playing 20s this years, make sure to email us at under20@smcrfc.com

U20s is a great way to get involved in the club and a huge portion of our 1st XV squad came up from the the U20s - you could be the next player to follow in their footsteps!
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