Chil­dren out in force for mon­ster mi­nis’ blitz at Wick­low RFC

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WELL over 400 boys and girls con­verged on Wick­low RFC’s Ash­town Lane grounds for a mon­ster mi­nis’ blitz on Sun­day morn­ing. Wick­low’s mi­nis hosted En­nis­cor­thy RFC and with fan­tas­tic num­bers rep­re­sent­ing each club there was not a blade of grass that wasn’t played on.

Con­di­tions were great for rugby and play­ers from U-7s up to U-12s rep­re­sented their clubs with great sport­ing dis­plays at all lev­els. There was plenty of game time for all pro­vid­ing top class en­ter­tain­ment for the crowds of sup­port­ers on the side­lines.

The U-7s had a su­per morn­ing at Ash­town Lane. Forty-five of Wick­low’s finest showed off some silky skills in a dis­play of rugby that is fast be­com­ing the U-7 Wick­low way. With such good num­bers they had four games on the go so lots of rugby was played and there were plenty of smil­ing faces.

En­nis­cor­thy turned up in force with three teams of U-8 play­ers which were evenly matched with Wick­low’s three teams of tal­ented play­ers. Ev­ery­one got plenty of game time with the play­ers ap­ply­ing what they have been learn­ing in train­ing. The coaches were de­lighted to see such strength in num­bers at U-8 level.

Wick­low’s U-9s were ex­cited to play their En­nis­cor­thy counter- parts again and both clubs fielded three mixed abil­ity teams with nine great matches played in all. Both squads played with ball in hand and put in a fine dis­play with tries aplenty. U-9s’ next out­ing is an away fix­ture sched­uled for St Brigid’s, Cabin­teely, on Novem­ber 19.

The U-11s fielded two teams and were very evenly matched with their En­nis­cor­thy op­po­nents. Both teams showed great de­ter­mi­na­tion in their tack­ling and ruck­ing and weren’t afraid to move the ball wide at key mo­ments for fine dis­plays of run­ning rugby.

Two teams of U-12s played out some very en­ter­tain­ing con­tests. Meet­ings be­tween these two sides have al­ways been close over the years and Sun­day was no dif­fer­ent.

Num­bers had been im­pacted by the mid-term break but this gave a great op­por­tu­nity for the re­main­ing squad mem­bers to get some valu­able game time.

There was some great ruck­ing and pass­ing on dis­play and all games were played in great spir­its.

All the teams re­tired to the club­house for some well earned re­fresh­ments af­ter­wards.

Thanks to the U-8s for man­ag­ing the cater­ing and U-10s for tend­ing to the car park. Next week sees all mi­nis back in train­ing at the usual time of 11 a.m.

Wick­low Un­der-11s in ac­tion against En­nis­cor­thy.

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