Carrick U14 clinch Div 2 (North) League
by B. Kelly
Carrick rugby U14s clinched the Connacht under 14s division 2 (north) League title with an emphatic win against Erris RFC at home on Sunday. Carrick prevailed 45 – 22 against an Erris side which battled till the final whistle.
On the afternoon that Ireland opened its 6 nations campaign against Wales, Carrick concluded its League campaign which saw home & away wins against Corrib & Erris and a home win against Castlebar.
Conditions on Sunday were not conducive to fluid rugby – overnight rain made for a heavy pitch – but Carrick still managed to run in 7 tries and 5 conversions.
Erris started brightly and had 5 points on the board within the first 5 minutes. Both sides traded scores in the first half with Erris leading by 2 points at the break 17 – 15. The strength and depth in the Carrick squad wore Erris down allowing Carrick to pull away in the last quarter. Strong performances from the new players who joined the squad this season added to an all round team effort by the 16 players who took the field on Sunday.
Carrick’s next competitive outing is the first round of the Connacht Cup Vs Ballina. Between now & then a lot of work remains to be done in training games & practice. Training Sunday 10.30 to 12.30.
Carrick Mini Blitz in Buccaneers Athlone
Last Saturday was another great opportunity for all our Carrick Mini Rugby teams to play against seasoned opposition. Training every week develops the skills but the chance to test yourself in a Blitz brings out the competitive edge in all players.
Although slightly down on numbers in some teams the Carrick players that did travel more than acquitted themselves in their matches against Buccaneers, Mullingar and Edenderry. Thanks to all the players, parents and coaches who travelled to Athlone on Saturday to represent the club. Please see below, the individual team reports from Carrick Minis Coaches at their away Blitz in Athlone.
U12 travelled in small numbers with no subs. Faced 2 strong Mullingar teams. After a poor start the lads dug in and showed great spirit and team work. They all gave 100 per cent and battled to the end growing stronger despite several knocks. Well done to all who travelled and speedy recovery to those who picked knocks on the day – Coach Seamus Connolly.
U11s played 3 games today against Buccaneers, Mullingar and Edenderry. Our first 2 games against Bucs and Edenderry proved to be a tough encounters. However, the brave 14 players weathered the storm and played an outstanding final game against Mullingar. Well done to the boys and girl who never gave up and got the result in the final game they deserved. – Coach Cathal McAuley.
Our U10 side played 2 matches on the day, firstly against Mullingar and later against Buccaneers. We started with only eight players and initially they were the stronger team but then Carrick started to improve their rucking and tackling resulting in a few tries of our own. The second half was a more even affair with both teams scoring tries and Carrick players pulling off a few try saving tackles. The second match was against the home team. They gave us two players so it was 10 a side. In the first half the larger Bucs team dominated the opening few minutes but again Carrick came back into the match. Without any subs Carrick tired towards the end but still managed three tries in the second half. Overall the players can be very proud of their performance with good rucking and some very big brave tackles. – Coach Ronan Mooney
Carrick U9 played Buccaneers in the first game narrowly losing to physically stronger team. Their second game against Mullingar was a different affair with the team knuckling down to putting what they learned in training into practice. Upping their game kept Mullingar under pressure leaving both sides eventually having to settle for a draw. – Coach Harry Rynn
CRFC U8’s had 3 great games this morning at the Buccaneer’s Blitz, against Bucks A & B teams and Mullingar. There was a win, a defeat, and a draw, a super achievement for such a young side. There was some sublime tackling and passing from CRFC, rumour has it that Joe Schmit has heard of the defensive qualities of CRFC U8’s and is enquiring about a demonstration. Great performance from all players, Aaron, Andrew, Conor, Daragh, Iarlagh, Paidi, Ronan, Richie, Sean & Setanta. – Coach Owen Gibney
Clobber 4 Club
Clobber 4 Club is back and we’d be delighted to take your clobber on SATURDAY 13th February between 10:30am and 12:30am. Please tell your family and friends as the more clobber collected the better!!
(All clothes collected will be accepted except; curtains, duvets, pillows or cushions).
Carrick RFC News and Fixtures updates
Carrick’s men team were due to play Oughterard but for was cancelled at the last minute for the second consequtive week. The mens team, who currently sit 2nd in the J2 league will play Corintians on St.Valentines day at Castlecara Rd, KO 2:30
Finally, Carrick’s womens team travel to Athlone AIT for a challenge game this Thursday eve, KO 7:30pm.
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