KRFC Minis at Tralee

KRFC Minis partake in West Munster Blitzes:

Approximately every six weeks from October through until the end of March, we either attend Festivals involving the other clubs in the region on a rotational basis where each club takes it in turn to host an event (dates are listed below for the season ahead) or else we try to get games for the children at other clubs, these arrangements are more spontaneous. Additionally there are provincial and National Festivals, the dates of which TBC. Our U11’s players usually get an opportunity also to play at either Thomond Park or Musgrave park at the half time games during a Pro-12 tournament game or a European Rugby match

We also endeavour to bring our minis to a Munster Rugby match at some stage of the season. This is usually a great day out where the kids get a chance to see their heroes play on a match day.

West Munster Festival dates 2017/2018:

Date: 28/10/2017 18/11/2017 20/01/2017 10/02/2017 03/03/2018
Host: Killarney Killorglin Tralee Kenmare Spare Date
  Iveragh Kenmare Killarney Iveragh  
  Castleisland Listowel Killorglin Killarney  
  Killorglin Killarney Listowel Killorglin  

(the above dates are subject to weather).

Mini Blitz Reports 2015/2016/2017/2018

KRFC host home West Munster Blitz - October 2017

Killarney RFC Blitz – October 2017:

On Saturday the 28th of October, our Minis hosted boys and girls from Castleisland, Iveragh and Killorglin for the first blitz of the new season. We even created history by hosting our first ever ‘girls-only’ match in Killarney and welcomed girls from Tralee RFC over for the occasion as well as girls from Killorglin.

We had a fantastic blitz with over 250 children taking part across 14 pitches at St. Brendan’s college and Knockreer with the parents brining a proverbial mountain of food, rolling out the KRFC welcome to the visiting clubs in the Sem dining hall. A wonderful day was had by all.

Well done to everyone who took part. Thanks to the parents who again came along in their droves to support the kids on the first blitz of the year and the coaches for looking after charges in their first outing.

Pan West Munster Blitz at Tralee RFC - April 2017

Tralee RFC Blitz – April 2017:

The Minis (U7 – U10 age groups) travelled back to Tralee RFC for the final blitz of the year – the Pan-West Munster Blitz, where we took on teams from 7 clubs right across Kerry. A fantastic day of rugby was enjoyed by everyone in glorious sunshine and Tralee pulled out all the stops to ensure a great day was had by everyone.

On the day, our girls were delighted to enjoy a training session with the Tralee RFC ladies and were well looked after by coaches Hollie Ni Bhroin and Morna Dixon who included them in the promotional media photos for the upcoming Womens World Cup. The girls were buzzing leaving Tralee as they thoroughly enjoyed the session.

Well done to everyone who took part. Thanks to the parents who again travelled over in their droves to support the kids.

West Munster Blitz at Tralee RFC 2017

Tralee RFC Blitz – February 2017:

On Saturday 25th of February, our minis travelled to Tralee RFC to take part in the latest round of the West Munster Blitz series. We took on teams from Listowel RFC and Kenmare RFC as well as the hosts and fielded great numbers at all ages.

Though the day was wet with a misty rain all around, the pitches were in good shape and some fantastic rugby was on display. Thanks to Tom Cronin and all the Tralee crew for organising and the fantastic hospitality on the day.

Well done to everyone who took part, especially given the conditions weren’t very good. Thanks to the parents who travelled over in their droves to support the kids.

KRFC Blitz 2016

 Killarney RFC Blitz – November 2016:

The club’s minis section held an historic and hugely successful first ever blitz at Aghadoe last Saturday. Weather conditions were perfect and the pitches were immaculate as we welcomed teams at under 7 to under 12 from Castleisland RFC, Iveragh RFC and Kenmare RFC.

Over 200 children took part in matches where they got to show off the skills learned over the past few months to their eager parents on the sidelines. A wonderful day of rugby was had by all and we had a mountain of food brought by the parents who also chipped in to help ensure the visiting clubs enjoyed the fantastic Killarney hospitality.

A huge thanks to everyone who helped, from parking stewards, to first aid, to helping with distributing food, stewarding and so on. Thanks to our superb Minis Coordinator Liam Murphy for organising the day and his band of coaches who refereed and coached the kids and ensured they had a great day.

KRFC U8's at Listowel RFC Blitz

 

Listowel Blitz – Oct 29, 2016

Our Minis traveled en masse to Listowel to take part in the first round of the West Munster Blitz. Listowel hosted teams at U8 to u12 from Killarney, Rugbai Chorcha Dhuibhne – Dingle and Iveragh RFC in Cahersiveen. We had huge numbers travel to North Kerry by bus and by car as we took to the road for a great day’s rugby. 
 
Weather conditions were fantastic as each squad played between 3 and 4 matches. All children were able to put into practise everything they had learned since the start of September and every single player played fantastic rugby. The coaches at every age grade are very proud of their charges and how they played in Listowel. Well done to all the kids who took part, the parents for travelling and to all the coaches for their hard work.

KRFC, Tralee RFC, Corch Dhuibhne and Listowel RFC at Tralee RFC Blitz 2015

Tralee RFC Blitz – November 21st, 2015:

The bus left Aghadoe at 9:15am on a very cold, wet and blustery morning, turning left for Tralee, with cars of parents in tow. The bus was full and we knew that a big day of rugby lay in store, as is always the case with a blitz. We spotted a rainbow along the route and we all prayed that the weather would ease, even just for an hour! As it turned out, someone was listening to us and the conditions at Tralee were perfect for the matches to come.

We had one team each at U7, U8, U10 and U12 and took on teams from the host club Tralee RFC as well as Corcha Dhuibhne and Listowel. Having played Corcha Dhuibhne and Listowel already, there was some nice recognition amongst the players and coaches.

The matches passed by in a blur, with all of our suqads scoring many tries and playing some fantastic fast flowing rugby. Everyone left the pitches absolutely buzzing following the matches and tucked into the spread in the clubhouse with gusto.

We would like to extend a huge thanks to Tom Cronin and his crew for the wonderful hospitality shown to all. We look forward to hosting you all at Aghadoe very soon!

 

KRFC U8's at Killorglin RFC Blitz 2015

 Killorglin Blitz – October 167th, 2015:

Our Killarney Minis traveled to play the first round of the West Munster  on Saturday, and traveled the short distance to Ballymalis in Listry, the new home of Killorglin RFC.  Also playing in this event were Corca Dhuibhne and Listowel, who provided some great rugby and great matches at all levels, throughout the morning. All of our squads played some fantastic rugby, and showed some wonderful skill. Given that this was the first blitz of the new season, we were blessed with some great weather and the conditions of the playing pitches were perfect. We were represented at under 12’s by two ten-a-side teams, meanwhile our under 10’s were also represented by teams. Our mighty under 8s and under 7s also played each of the other clubs, providing two squads each, allowing everyone who travelled game time with good results too, keep up the hard work. We would like to say a huge thanks you to Andrew Eadie and especially Geraldine O’Shea and the crew for the wonderful hospitality shown to all.