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President's Message

1st XV vs Lansdowne FC

3pm Saturday 11th September

Dear Member
 

The first XV faces Lansdowne FC on Saturday in the Leinster League, and, as ever, it will be a keenly contested match and promises to be an enjoyable day.

 

We will need you, the 16th player, on the terraces. We want to see and hear you loud and clear supporting your team. The kick-off is at 3pm.

 

As we are still under COVID rules, car access in the ground is limited to players, coaches, visiting officers and match officials. There will be no parking for the public in the ground.  Parking has however been arranged across the road in Templeogue College, and access to the ground will be through the pedestrian gate.

 

The Sean Lynch bar will open at 2pm and will be serving drinks inside, and on the Terrace.

 

Please be mindful of the following COVID rules:

 

  • Digital Covid Certificates and photo ID will be required for entry to the Sean Lynch bar
  • Masks are mandatory indoors except when seated
  • Names and mobile numbers will be required
  • There will be table service only inside (No gathering at the bar)
  • Contactless payment is strongly encouraged
  • Two metre social distancing rules apply
  • The Maximum people allowed in the Sean Lynch bar is 84

 

Fortunately, much larger numbers can be accommodated on the outdoor terraces, and we would encourage you to dress appropriately to ensure you are comfortable.

 

There will be plenty of bar staff both indoors and on the terrace, so we look forward to a very relaxed atmosphere.

 

Following the team’s opening win against DUFC last week, this is another big challenge for our boys in blue. 

 

Your support will make all the difference.

 

See you all on Saturday.

  

Patrick Crawford

President

St. Mary’s College RFC

St. Mary's College RFC - Womens' Rugby Update

We are pleased to announce our plans for the reintroduction of coaching and training of girls’ and women’s rugby, on Sunday September 12th.

 

This is open to players with all levels of experience and the club is fortunate to that Sarah Brennan-Fallon (girlsrugby@smcrfc.com) and Joe Shine (M: 087 939 3519; joeshine100@gmail.com) have joined forces to lead the continued development of women’s rugby in the club. They will focus on developing bringing together the various teams, with a philosophy of fun, fitness, and participation.

 

Sarah Brennan-Fallon     (girlsrugby@smcrfc.com)

 

Joe Shine                     (M: 087 939 3519; joeshine100@gmail.com) 

 

There is a wide range of female focussed activity which means that whatever your age or ability, there is something for you.

 

Our youngest players participate in mini rugby and this year, to complement our successful mixed minis, it is planned to introduce girls-only mini rugby which some girls or parents may prefer. If you are interested, come up, join in and have fun. Practice takes place on Sunday mornings in Templeville Road:

 

Year of birth: 2010 to 2012 10.30am

 

Year of birth: 2012 to 2016:  9.00am

 

The vibrant mini rugby community is about more than just Sunday mornings, with a great social and friendship element including a visit to the RDS to see Leinster in action.  


The club continues to develop our well-established girl’s youth teams, and players of all abilities are welcome. Indeed, we have three representatives currently on the Leinster U18 squad, which is an achievement we are proud of. We will also tap into the rich pedigree of women’s rugby in St. Mary’s and look forward to welcoming back some former players with excellent playing and coaching experience, to nurture the next generation. 

 

To promote women’s rugby and inspire the young players it is vital that they receive visibility that they merit. It is planned to showcase the skill and ability of our women players with friendly fixtures after some First XV All Ireland League games.

 

Away from the action on the pitch, there continues to be plenty of activities on offer, which are open to anyone who wants to be part our club community. We are planning fitness sessions specifically designed for woman such as outdoor boot camps and Zumba exercise, which has proved popular since its introduction.

 

The reintroduction of girl’s and women’s rugby consolidates female involvement throughout St. Mary’s College RFC and is a key part of our club roadmap. Our goal is to have a Senior Women’s Rugby team entering into competitions by the start of the 2022 season, and we plan to continue investing time and resources to ensure women remain a core part of St Marys College RFC.

 

We are truly committed to increasing female participation in all areas of the club in the coming years, and I would encourage anyone who is interested in being involved in ANY aspect of our club community to get in touch. You will receive a warm welcome.

 

I hope to see you soon.

 

Patrick Crawford

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