Saturday 18 November 2017

Crossabeg collect People Cup in schools rugby blitz

FOLLOWING ON from the schoolteachers' tag night at Park Lane on Monday of last week, which was a big success with over 100 teachers competing in a fun night, came the biggest blitz of primary schools tag rugby seen at Wanderers' home venue to date.

A total of 33 teams competed in the annual end of season finale of the community club development officer's year, namely Noel Ferguson. Eleven schools were involved with four others unavailable to partake for various reasons.

Young boys and girls from fourth, fifth and sixth classes graced the same field where the Leinster Lions held their pre-season training for a week last year, and look where they are now with a Heiniken Cup final on the way.

Looking at the talent on display on Tuesday, it won't be long before a few more Wexford boys and girls will follow in the footsteps of Gordon D'Arcy.

The theme of the day was to play as teams for their respective schools, and awards were presented on the following basis - skills, dress and fair play, which are the essentials for all sports.

The weather was favourable and Leinster Ladies' Secretary, Debbie Carty, was present on behalf of Wexford Wanderers to help out and make the day a success. Each participant received a gift, making everyone a winner.

There were three categories. The Billy Kelly Resort Hotel Cup was a mixed event comprising boys and girls from sixth classes. Fantastic skills were seen here with Screen, Kilmore, Our Lady's Island and Crossabeg sharing the trophy for the year.

The People Newspaper Cup was or fifth class boys and girls mixed, with Crossabeg receiving the trophy.

The Echo Newspaper Cup was for girls only. Schools attended from The Faythe, Kilmore, Curracloe, Screen, Barntown, Rosslare and Kennedy Park, with Curracloe winning the trophy.

This section is most important to the future of WWRFC Vixens, the ladies' section of the club who are now establishing an under-age or mini girls' section in the club in September, 2011.

A special mention must go to Shendah Moran, a key member of the highly-successful Vixens team, who refereed most of the games with the girls, assisted by the Vixens coach, Noel Ferguson. All the girls were a credit to their schools.

Finally, a big thank you goes out to all involved including referees, Maurice Logue, Paddy Foley, John Glover, Nick Murphy, Noel Ferguson and Shendah Moran, sponsors Billy Kelly, People and Echo Newspapers, and photographersGer Hore and Jim Campbell.

The Monday night teachers' tag continues at 6.45 p.m. for beginners, players and families to come and experience the non-contact sport and meet new friends and enjoy.

Let's have fun in the sun (also open to non-teachers!).

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