Under 8s

News & Match Reports for the Under 8's

Under 8's Season Overview 2015/16

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the under 8's team for the 2015/16 season, to be eligible to play on this team players must be born in 2008.  We usually train every Saturday morning in the Drogheda Grammar School in Mornington from 10:00 to 11:30.  There will be a series of matches and blitzes played throughout the season against other clubs in the North East region.  Please Note that All rugby at this age is non-competitive, and the emphasis is on learning the skills required to play, having fun and inclusiveness.

The Under-8 Coaches can be reached by email at U8.Coach@BoyneRFC.ie

  • Current Coaching Staff & Volunteers: Andrew Dobson, Alan Carley, John O'Driscoll, Garrett Fanning, Barry O'Dwyer and Anthony Gallagher

Please Note the Following Requirements for all players:

  • Please make sure your child always has their gum shield,  they cannot participate in contact drills without a gum shield.
  • The IRFU recommend that you do not use blade style boots due to increased injury risk to other players.
  • Sports Glasses are not currently permitted - they are under IRB trial at present to assess safety.
  • Please arrive on-time for training and match days, as the player warm up is key to prevent injuries.
  • Please text back player if a player is unavailable.
  • To be eligible for selection for match days and training after October 11th the player must have paid their membership fee. Registration will take place on September 19th or you can pay the membership fees online.
  • Important team information is sent by SMS/Text. To be included on this list please speak to a coach or send an email to U8.Coach@BoyneRFC.ie
  • Finally please ensure players come dressed and prepared for the changeable weather conditions.  Players should also bring a drink, either water or diluted juice (sports energy drinks should be avoided).

U-8 Fixtures, 2015-16 Season

Date Details Venue Time Admin / Comments
Sat 10th Oct Training Drogheda Grammar School (DGS) 10:00-11:15 Training kit. Please ensure players have a gumshield and a drink.  Parents must stay by the allocated pitch at all times. See tips on tackling below & via link.
Sat 17th Oct Training Drogheda Grammar School (DGS) 10:00-11:15 Training kit. Please ensure players have a gumshield and a drink.  Parents must stay by the allocated pitch at all times. See tips on tackling below & via link.
Sat 24th Oct  Training Drogheda Grammar School (DGS) 10:00-11:15 TBC, will depend on date and time of Away Blitz to Athboy. 
Sun 25th Oct Away Blitz Away at Athboy RFC tbc

TBC, date and times being planned for Away Blitz to Athboy. 

Sat 31st Oct No-Training  No-Training  No-Training  No-Training, Halloween Weekend
Sat 07th Nov Training Drogheda Grammar School (DGS) 10:00-11:15 Training kit. Please ensure players have a gumshield and a drink.  Parents must stay by the allocated pitch at all times. 
  • Parking: Drogheda Grammar School (DGS) - please only park in designated car park areas.  There are spaces at the front of the school in addition to those adjacent to the pitches.  Parking along the road adjacent to the pitches is a safety hazard. Shamrock Lodge (Boyne RFC) - please ensure the entrance and access to the pitches remains free for safety reasons.  Care should be taken when parking outside the club and crossing the main road.

Tackling Correctly – Key Pointers for Players

Tackling Correctly – Key Pointers for Players

Hi Parents / Guardians and Players,
Please see attached picture for the key pointers on tackling correctly.  

  • Remember we tackle with the shoulder, body and arms working together. 
  • We never tackle with the head leading, just your hands or just one arm.
  • Once you have made a connection remember ‘knees and squeeze’, this is tightening the lock on the player so you bring their knees together and take them to the ground.
  • Keep the lock on the player until they have been safely brought to the ground.

Under 8's Blitz v Skerries 1st February 2015

"Another specially arranged chilly Sunday for the youngsters - you children don't realise the effort we coaches go to make sure that it is cold for you!
While all around was cancelled due to frozen ground Skerries proposed "tag" as an alternative which was agreeable to all-safety first! We managed three teams albeit Skerries were generous with topping up and thanks to their in most cases “willing” volunteers.

U8's Blitz V Dundalk Sunday 25th Jan 2015

“A good turnout for the under 8’s on what was an early cold morning in Drogheda so they were given a good sized pitch to keep them warm.
We lent 2 players to each of Dundalk’s side who fully embraced their colours for the day, scoring a number of tries. It is sometimes necessary to lend players to keep team numbers equal as it is better to have nobody on the side line getting cold! We will try to ensure that it is different players every time we have to do this but don't be shy to tell me if the duty is not being shared equally.

U8's Blitz V Skerries

The Try Line Is That Way!!!!

This was our 1st tackling blitz and 3 teams braved the specially arranged by Skerries bitter weather. This meant many hands were already cold and so excuses were ready lined up for any dropped balls!

Boyne U8's Win Fair Play Award

Boyne U8’s headed to Armagh RFC on Saturday 12th April for their end of year blitz.  A busy schedule of games and bigger opposition would test our young stars of the future.  We fielded two teams of 12 players, with rolling subs – Boyne Tigers & Boyne Lions.  Our lads took what they learned throughout the year at training and went about their business in a much disciplined manner.  This lead to us winning the ‘Fair Play Award’, the only award that can be won at this festival – number of tries scored or games won does not count at this level.  The award is based on various factors, s

Dundalk Blitz - 27/10/2013

Sun, 27/10/2013 - 18:23 — Peter Dooley
After a very wet start and a lot of confusion over whether or not the blitz had been called off at the last minute, we went ahead fielding 2 teams.  Our lads had no problem getting stuck in and showed superior tackling skills due to their hard work on the training pitch.  Good passing and team play proved too much for Dundalk, as our lads ran in try after try in the first games.  Dundalk changed around some of their playesrs for the second games, but we still proved too strong for them.  Well done lads.  Keep up the good work.

Boyne Home Blitz - 13/10/2013

Sun, 13/10/2013 - 18:17 — Peter Dooley
On a perfect Sunday morning the lads turned up for their home blitz of the season at Shamrock Lodge. We had enough players to field three teams, playing against two teams from Ashbourne and one team from Ratoath.