Hounds are top dogs in char­ity game


Bray People - - Sports -

WELL FIRSTLY let me thank every­one in­volved this year in the An­nual Hound Dogs rugby game at Rath­drum RFC on St. Stephen’s Day.

It was an ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous day for every­one and nearly €1,000 was raised for can­cer sup­port in Co. Wick­low, thanks to do­na­tions from play­ers and sup­port­ers alike. This is an ex­tremely wor­thy cause and we are de­lighted to be of as­sis­tance in even this small way!

The game was won by the Hound Dogs af­ter a last minute in­ter­cept try by Hound Dogs new­bie (and for­mer Rath­drum oldie) Ja­son Mor­ton. It was a crack­ing game through­out with both sides play­ing with the tra­di­tional gusto that is ex­pected at Hound Dogs fix­tures.

As al­ways, the Hound Dogs was made up of a vast mix­ture of rugby tal­ent from Co. Wick­low and much fur­ther abroad. Eoin O’Toole and Des Alvey maybe trav­elled the fur­thest com­ing from Los An­ge­les and Van­cou­ver re­spec­tively. Hound Dogs cap­tain and for­mer Ark­low player, Anto O’Don­nell also ar­rived from the UK, where he is ply­ing his rugby trade with English Divi­sion 1 side Rother­ham.

Rath­drum auld boys Ja­son More­ton and Ja­son Blythe also donned the Hound Dogs jer­sey for the first but cer­tainly not the last time. A big thank you should also go out to Ea­mon Healy who put in a huge amount of ef­fort pulling ev­ery­thing to­gether!!

The day also marked the launch of Rath­drum RFC’s new­est fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive known as the Ivy Leaf Club. The Ivy Leaf Club will con­sist of 400 mem­bers, each pay­ing a monthly sub­scrip­tion of €15 (via stand­ing or­der).

Mem­bers will au­to­mat­i­cally be en­tered into a monthly cash draw worth from €250 – €7,500. The to­tal an­nual prize money will de­pend on the num­ber of mem­bers in the Ivy Leaf Club at any given time but based on full mem­ber­ship for the en­tire year the to­tal an­nual prize money will amount to €26,000.

A sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of the funds re­ceived will be al­lo­cated to prize money and the re­main­der of funds will go to the con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment of the Ivy Leaf grounds and the par­tic­i­pat­ing clubs.

The re­cent suc­cess of all the club’s us­ing the Ivy Leaf grounds has led to the in­creased us­age of the Ivy Leaf fa­cil­i­ties and this has had the knock on ef­fect of in­creas­ing the cost of run­ning each club, as well as try­ing to main­tain and im­prove the fa­cil­i­ties on of­fer at the Ivy Leaf. We be­lieve that The Ivy Leaf Club will help to en­sure the fu­ture is bright for all the clubs us­ing the Ivy Leaf.

The Ivy Leaf Club draws will com­mence in Jan­uary 2009 and will be monthly there­after. To re­ceive a stand­ing or­der form sim­ply con­tact RRFC PRO Sam Buck at 0868502169 or email sam­buck81@gmail.com.

A copy of the rules of the draw is avail­able upon re­quest.

Play­ers that took part in the char­ity game in Rath­drum.

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