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 11:15.  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 Time Comments
Sat 07th May Club Funday Shamrock Lodge (Boyne RFC) Start 14:00 (Arrive by 13:45)

About the Day: Club Funday with various events 'hosted' by the minis-age groups.  Age groups will host an event, with Players, coaches ad parents rotating around each event.  The final event will be a U8s managed a 'Coaches run the Gauntlet' fun event....which will essentially involve players throwing wet sponges at the coaches!

What you need: Sports kit and runners (no boots or gumshield) for all Players, Coaches & Parents.  Parent participation in some events so come prepared.  Event will end with a BBQ with burgers / hot dogs for sale.

    2016/17 Season  

 

Sat 24th & Sun 25th Sept Minis Blitz & Camp Over Ashburne RFC Start time on at 24th TBC

Multiple events surroun a Rugby blitz and camping at Ashbourne RFC. Sun 25th entry to Tayto Park.

Brief Summary: Cost Euro 40 per person for all attendees (Players, Parents e.t.c). Tents and camping equipment are the responsibility of individuals (i.e. you need to bring your own!). Event includes blitz, evening meal, breakfast roll and entry to Tayto park on Sun 25th Sept. Please Note: Supervison of players must be 1:2 maximum (1 Parent to 2 Children).

Attending? - If yes please contact Andrew Dobson to confirm place ad numbers.  Deposit payment will be confirmed once all numbers are confirmed (Players & Parents).

       

 

       

 

         
       

 

         
         
  • 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.

U8 away blitz @ Balbriggan RFC (Sun 20th Mar 2016)

Boyne U8 travelled to Balbriggan RFC for a blitz on Sun 20th Mar 2016. The team fielded 19 players for the two matches with Balbriggan who were tackling very well.  Many thanks to our hosts Balbriggan U8 for the great post-match and we look forward to the return fixture in a few weeks. Thanks to Andrew Byrne from Balbriggan RFC for the photo.

IRISH RUGBY AND THE WORLD RUGBY RALERI GOGGLE TRIAL

IRISH RUGBY AND THE WORLD RUGBY RALERI GOGGLE TRIAL
As the Irish Rugby Football Union has now been accepted onto the World Rugby Raleri Goggle Trial allowing those requiring the use of goggles to now apply to World Rugby to participate in the trial and purchase a pair of Raleri goggles, if accepted onto the trial.

U8 away blitz @ North Meath RFC (Sat 13th Feb 2016)

Boyne U8 travelled to North Meath RFC for a blitz on Sat 13th Feb 2016. Once again we had an excellent turnout from Boyne U8 with 26 Players and a motley crew of supports navigating their way to Kells.  Great tackling skills from both teams ensured we had a good contest.  Very well done to all and in particular to the Boyne U8 players who willingly volunteered to play for the opposition and scoring the majority of tries!  Many thanks to our excellent hosts North Meath U8 for the great post-match tea. Thanks again to Jessica Woods for the team photo's.

U8 away blitz @ North Meath RFC (Sat 13th Feb 2016)

Boyne U8 travelled to North Meath RFC for a blitz on Sat 13th Feb 2016. Once again we had an excellent turnout from Boyne U8 with 26 Players and a motley crew of supports navigating their way to Kells.  Great tackling skills from both teams ensured we had a good contest.  Very well done to all and in particular to the Boyne U8 players who willingly volunteered to play for the opposition and scoring the majority of tries!  Many thanks to our excellent hosts North Meath U8 for the great post-match tea. Thanks again to Jessica Woods for the team photo's.

'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