Now that the weather has hopefully taken a slight turn for the better, sports clubs all over the country will be making up for lost time by training and playing matches before their seasons begin to draw to a close. Oughterard Rugby club are certainly no different, with all sections from the U7 minis up to the senior first XV gearing up for a busy couple of months.
Thanks to the local secondary and national schools’ astro pitches, only two Saturday morning training sessions have had to be cancelled due to the weather this season.
The astro surface is great, but there is no substitute for good old dirty mud, which the mini players seem to love diving around in. End of season, provincial mini blitzes are just around the corner in the Spring, so all the mini squads are sharpening their skills for these fantastic days away.
Two local national schools had a nice surprise when three of the high-flying Connacht squad paid them a visit recently. Star players Darragh Leader, Rory Parata and Nepia Fox were terrific ambassadors for the province, spending time answering all sorts of questions fired at them from pupils at Moycullen NS and St Annins, Rosscahill. The kids also got the chance to get autographs and photos with their heroes.
ORFC U16s won a hard-fought and tense league semi final away to Creggs recently. In a very tight affair played in wet and windy conditions, ORFC managed to overcome their hosts, scoring a single try to win 5-0. The result means that the lads from Oughterard will play NUIG in the final.
The first XV also got back into winning ways in the Connacht J2 league. After a brace of away defeats in the worst of the weather, the team travelled up to Ballina on a sunny Valentine’s Day.
Enjoying playing on a great surface, in dry conditions which suited their fast-paced running style of rugby, ORFC came out 27-24 winners over their hosts, in what was a very entertaining game to watch. The win was badly needed, and puts the team back in the running for a top four finish.