NUIG’s Youth Academy U14s narrowly defeated Corrib RFC U14s from Headford in a keenly fought league game played in Dangan on Sunday 7th. Both teams scored 4 tries apiece with the conversion of Jordan Powell being the difference at the full time whistle. Next up is Claremorris on Sunday 14th and the Academy plan to build on the momentum generated from this positive start to their league campaign.
Pictured is NUIG Rugby Youth Academy who were defeated by Claremorris last weekend. The home team showed remarkable fight in the second half to bring the score to 17-24 after conceeding early on, but victory was just out of reach.
NUIG Rugby Youth Academy’s season fixtures have been announced.
The U-13 squad will open its league campaign with a home draw against Ballina B in two weeks time, and will close its round matches with an away fixture against Ballaghdreen.
Best wishes are extended to all squad members as they embark on the Academy’s first competitive season!
U-13 B League Fixtures
22nd/23rd October………………..NUIG Youth Academy v Ballina ‘B’
5th /6th November………………..NUIG Youth Academy v Monivea
12th /13th November……………..Castlebar ‘B’ v NUIG Youth Academy
19th /20th November……………..NUIG Youth Academy v South Sligo
26th /27th November……………..Corrib v NUIG Youth Academy
3rd /4th December………………….Oughterard v NUIG Youth Academy
10th /11th December……………….NUIG Youth Academy v Tuam
17th /18th December………………NUIG Youth Academy v Claremorris
7th / 8th January ………………….Ballaghadreen v NUIG Youth Academy
The launch of the NUI Galway Rugby Youth Academy took place on campus recently. The Academy will become an integral part of UCG RFC, aiming primarily to strengthen the club’s AIL U-20 squad in the future.
According to Dr James J. Browne, President of NUI Galway: “The youth academy is a good fit for the University’s outreach and community support initiatives. It is envisaged that this new academy will add greatly to the development of youth rugby in the city and its environs. It will also be of great benefit for the University Rugby Club into the future.”
In its first season, the academy will cater for U13 boys only, but will expand over the next five years up to under 18’s. Coaching, mentoring, and administrative resourcing will come from within the existing University Rugby Club and will be augmented by support from the mini rugby club – Na Bairneachaí (U8s to U12s) established in Barna/Knocknacarra area in 2007.
Neil Keaveney, President of Na Bairneachaí,said: “We are very excited by this new venture within NUI Galway. It builds on the hard work and community involvement in the development of Rugby in the west side of Galway city. Simply put, it is a great opportunity for more kids to play more games in what we hope will be an enjoyable yet competitive setting.”
The NUI Galway Youth Academy enjoys the full support of the Connacht Branch of the IRFU who are delighted to see the expansion and high profile the game is attracting, especially in the first year of Connacht’s participation in the European Rugby Cup.
Gerry Kelly, CEO of Connacht Rugby, commented: “Connacht Rugby has enjoyed huge success in the last year and we are particularly excited about this year’s inclusion in the Heineken Cup. We see this development as a reflection of this success while also confirming the important role the University plays in Connacht Rugby.”
Training for U13 Boys, born in 1999, commences 17 September at 10.30am in Dangan.