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, Julian Grant, Barry O'Dwyer, Anthony Gallagher and Steve Welthagen

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 currently not permitted in contact rugby (e.g. games that involve tackling) under existing World Rugby regulations, and IRFU policy.
  • Please arrive on-time for training and match days, as the player warm up is key to prevent injuries.
  • Please inform the coaches (text) if a player is unavailable.
  • Registration & Membership Fee: To be eligible for selection for match days and training  player must have paid their membership fee.  Failure to register / pay membership contravenes club and IRFU rules. You can pay the membership fees online or at the Club see also link to Membership Forms.
  • 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
  • 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).
  • Boyne RFC Club Jersey and off-field clothing - 25th Nov 2015 Update: A decision on the supplier of the club jersey and off-field clothing range has now been finalised.  Boyne RFC will partner with Elverys Sports.  The club jersey, with our new sponsors details, and off-field clothing range will be launched by Elverys as soon as it is available. Elverys will be selling off any current gear at a discounted rate prior to Christmas (cirac 50% discount).

U-8 Fixtures, 2015-16 Season

Date Event Location Timings Comments / Notes
Sat 06th Feb Training

Drogheda Grammar School (DGS)

Note: Indoor Gym at GDS will be used

Time Change 9:00-10:00

Training kit. Please ensure players have a gumshield and a drink.  Parents must stay by the allocated pitch at all times.

Training Change (Sat 06th Feb): Indoor training, players need runners (not boots) and gumshield.

Battle of Clontarf (Sat 09th Apr): The U8 will enter teams for a major blitz in our 2016 season.  The event does carry a fee per team, each player who intends to enter the blitz must pay Euro 10 towards this away blitz.  Payment has to be taken by Andrew Dobson on Sat 06th April. (see also link)

Sat 13th Feb Away Blitz @ North Meath North Meath RFC 11:00, arrive by 10:45hrs

Boyne kit. Please ensure players have a gumshield and a drink.  Parents must stay by the allocated pitch at all times.

AvailabilityPlease confirm availability to via Teamer or Text to Andrew Dobson

Sat 20th Feb 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.
Sat 27th Feb Training - TBC 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.
Sat 27th or Sun 28th Feb Home Blitz v Ashbourne - TBC Shamrock Lodge (Boyne RFC) TBC

Boyne kit. Please ensure players have a gumshield and a drink.  Parents must stay by the allocated pitch at all times.

Blitz Support: Parents and Guardians are kindly request to support the post-match tea (sandwiches, biscuits, cakes e.t.c). Many thanks in advance.

Sat 05th Mar 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.
Sat 12th Mar 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.
Sat 12th or Sun 13th Mar Away Blitz v Dundalk - TBC Dundalk RFC TBC Boyne kit. Please ensure players have a gumshield and a drink.  Parents must stay by the allocated pitch at all times.
Sat 19th Mar 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.
Sat 19th or Sun 20th Mar Away Blitz v Balbriggan - TBC Balbriggan RFC TBC Boyne kit. Please ensure players have a gumshield and a drink.  Parents must stay by the allocated pitch at all times.
Sat 26th Mar No-Training Easter Break n/a No-Training Easter Break
Sat 02nd April Training TBC Drogheda Grammar School (DGS) TBC TBC Training kit. Please ensure players have a gumshield and a drink.  Parents must stay by the allocated pitch at all times.
Sat 02nd or Sun 03rd Apr Home Blitz v Virginia - TBC Shamrock Lodge (Boyne RFC) TBC

Boyne kit. Please ensure players have a gumshield and a drink.  Parents must stay by the allocated pitch at all times.

Blitz Support: Parents and Guardians are kindly request to support the post-match tea (sandwiches, biscuits, cakes e.t.c). Many thanks in advance.

Sat 09th Apr Away Blitz v Battle of Clontarf Clontarf RFC TBC

Boyne kit. Please ensure players have a gumshield and a drink.  Parents must stay by the allocated pitch at all time.  This is a very large scale event which saw 72 teams from Ulster, Leinster and Connaught took part in 2015.

Entry Fee: The events does require an fixed entry fee per team.  Fee per player will be dependent on total number of attendees for the U8.

Sat 16th Apr 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.
  • Boyne RFC Policy - Dogs: Please note that Boyne RFC's policy is that dogs (on or off-leads) are not allowed on the pitches or spectator areas of Shamrock Lodge, Bryanstown and Drogheda Grammar School. Your cooperation in ensure we all endorse this policy is most appreciated.

'Battle of Clontarf' Mini Rugby Festival - Sat 09th APril 2016

Battle of Clontarf

Summary information (see also attached pdf): Clontarf FC is delighted to invite your club to our upcoming Mini Rugby Festival.  Our inaugural Rugby Blitz was held in 2014 to commemorate the 1000 year anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf 1014 with 72 teams participating from Ulster, Leinster and Connaught. In 2015 our All-Weather Pitch was under construction so our follow up event is this season.

U8 Home Blitz v Skerries (Sun 22nd Nov 2015)

U8 Home Blitz @ Boyne RFC_v Skerries U8 (Sun 22nd Nov 2015)

Boyne U8 hosted Skerries U8 at a blitz on Sun 22nd Nov which saw 50 Players take part in 9 games during a great morning at Shamrock Lodge (Boyne RFC).   This was another fantastic blitz for the team and a great chance to test new skills.  Very well done to all and in particular to the Boyne U8 players who volunteered to play for the opposition, which showed great sportsmanship.  Many thanks to Skerries U8 for travelling to Shamrock Lodge we look forward to further blitz events with you over the season.  Many thanks to our all U8 Parents for supporting the blitz both a spectators and with al

Windsor Motor Group Competition

Hi all,
Alas it seems we did not win the training session with Leinster through the Windsor Motor Group competition; but  though I’d share the entry submission with you all.
Competition Entry (250 words)
Boyne U8 are a very active minis team in North Leinster. The team has grown from 16 players and 3 coaches in the 2012/13 season to a squad of over 40 players and 7 volunteer coaches. 

U8 Home Blitz v Navan (Sat 17th Oct)

U8 Home Blitz v Navan (Sat 17th Oct)

Excellent home blitz for the Boyne U8 v Navan U8 @ Drogheda Grammar School. First real test of tackling versus a skilled opposition and all players did very well.  We look forward to further blitz events. Many thanks to Navvan U8 for travelling to the Drogheda Grammar School and also our U8 Parenst for supporting the post-match ‘pitch side’ tea. Andrew Dobson (Under 8 Coach)

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!