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Rath­drum RFC look­ing for­ward to a pos­i­tive sea­son

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With Septem­ber now upon us, Rath­drum Rugby Club have out­lined am­bi­tious plans for the new 2019/20 sea­son both on and off the pitch.

On the pitch: The men’s XV who cur­rently play in the Dublin Metro league 4 are build­ing from a very suc­cess­ful 2018/19. Look­ing back on last sea­son, men’s cap­tain Matthew Bin­ions is ex­tremely proud of Rath­drum men’s XV fin­ish­ing fourth in a very com­pet­i­tive league.

‘It was one of con­tin­ual build­ing and hard work, we added num­bers in ev­ery po­si­tion of the team giv­ing ex­tra depth. Turn out for train­ing was great through­out the sea­son and we were re­warded by a solid fin­ish. This speaks vol­umes for the com­radery and cul­ture we have built in Rath­drum and one we are very proud off,’ he said.

‘The com­ing sea­son is very ex­cit­ing for us with Neil Short and Mor­gan Sheri­dan, both ex-play­ers tak­ing on coach­ing roles and demon­strat­ing the com­mit­ment to rein­vest in the club. We are con­stantly look­ing to add to the club and wel­come new play­ers. Con­tact Matt on 086 321 6540. Train­ing is ev­ery Wed­nes­day and Fri­day at 7.30pm at the Ivy Grounds,’ he added.

The mi­nis last year was very ex­cit­ing for Rath­drum RFC. The year started with a pas­sion­ate coach­ing team but de­spite be­ing un­sure of num­bers, were blown away by the com­mit­ment of the young play­ers and ded­i­ca­tion of the par­ents.

Ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing at 10am, sun, rain or hail the num­bers started strong ini­tially and in­creased through­out the sea­son. Rath­drum mi­nis not only trav­elled to bl­itzes com­pet­ing strongly, but also hosted them which was im­pos­si­ble for the club a few years back.

‘We would like to thank the par­ents for their en­thu­si­asm and look for­ward to the new sea­son. Train­ing starts back on Septem­ber 7 at 10am at the Ivy Grounds. New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come, so if you’re think­ing if rugby is right for your kids or are look­ing for a com­mit­ted club please come down and meet us at train­ing. Con­tact Mor­gan on 087 755 7458,’ said a club spokesper­son.

The Rath­drum women’s team spent last sea­son build­ing in strength and com­mit­ment and are re­ally look­ing for­ward to the 2019/20 sea­son. The Drumettes train ev­ery Wed­nes­day and Fri­day at 7pm at the Ivy Leaf grounds.

Are you new to rugby or just want to try it out? Per­fect! Get along and meet a com­mit­ted and in­volv­ing team. No ex­pe­ri­ence is needed as we will pro­vide all the coach­ing and back up you need. Women’s coach Lisa and cap­tain Sue are both ex­cited about what the new sea­son will bring. This year we have added to the coach­ing staff and have a core of com­mit­ted play­ers re­ally ex­cited about the sea­son ahead of us. Con­tact Sharon on 087 291 0317

Off the pitch Rath­drum RFC are look­ing to de­velop the fa­cil­i­ties at the Ivy Leaf grounds. Rath­drum is well served with two pitches and a fan­tas­tic club house, how­ever, the club are con­stantly look­ing for­ward and this year we are adding flood lights to en­hance train­ing and also en­able the club to host games un­der lights. This is a state­ment of in­tent as we look to the fu­ture to grow and rein­vest in the cur­rent play­ers and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

For the 2020/21 sea­son both pitches will be resur­faced and fin­ished to im­prove playa­bil­ity. It is very ex­cit­ing times for the club. Rath­drum are cur­rently fundrais­ing for this via our GoFund me page and wel­come do­na­tions and spon­sor­ship as we build for the fu­ture.

Please visit them on Face­book at Rath­drum Rugby Club, in­stra­gram @Rathrum­rfc or at pitch side where all are wel­come.

New Rath­drum Rugby Club Pres­i­dent Mor­gan Sheri­dan in front of the club­house at the Ivy Leaf grounds.

The next gen­er­a­tion.

Train­ing with the Pres­i­dent!

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