Author: Hilary Clarke

Girls Rugby

Are you the parent of a daughter who is looking for a really fun sport and great friends. Look no further. We have an u18s girl team and are in the process of setting up a ladies team. To sustain both those we have assigned a girls junior coach, we just need the girls to come up and join.

From u6 to u12 boys and girls play rugby together they learn lots of new skills, passing, rucking and teamwork. They also learn to tackle, defend and about the rules of rugby. The kids love it. Their coaches work really hard to make sure they enjoy the Saturday sessions and learn lots.

From U13 up they play in dedicated teams.

That’s where you come in, in order to have a healthy supply for our new ladies team we need girls signing up and joining now. If your daughter would like to join up send me a message on facebook and I’ll put you in contact with her new coach.

Looking forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to Old Christians.

Level 3

As you all know by now we are back to level 3 for at least the next 3 weeks. All scheduled games have been postponed and we are waiting for confirmation from Munster whether they will be replayed or declared draws.

#staysafe, #stayapart, keep coming to training.

Thank you for following the advice and instructions of the covid officers continue to do that. If you or you child is unwell don’t come to training. If you need anymore information contact your coach/covid officer.

First game of the Season

The J1’s had their first game since lock down its been a long 5 months away from training and even longer time away from playing. We got back training during August and the hard work the boys put in during lock down and after is beginning to pay off. We hosted Cobh in Rathcooney for a rather one sided friendly.

Laz opened the scoring and ran in 3 tries before half time.

The half time score was 32 nil.

The second half didn’t go any better for Cobh Laz ran in two more tries followed by John Purcell with another two. The try of the match was scored by Jeff Hodder with an excellent finish. Liam Carty also got over the line with the ball. Cobh did manage to claw one converted try back.

The final score was Old Christians 71 (9 tries) and Cobh 7 (1 try).

Excellent way for the lads to get back into the swing of things. The under 20’s all got a run out on the day. Its looking good for our own Under 20s we have good numbers still space for a few more if your looking to keep fit.

Thanks to everyone for complying with the ongoing covid restrictions if we all do our bit we can all keep doing what we love doing. Rugby!

Back to Training

We get back to training tomorrow morning. We had a trial run a few weeks ago and it went well and we would like to thank every parent and player who listened to the covid officers and followed guidelines if we keep up the good work we can keep playing for longer.

Munster training session warm up
Lots of social distancing at training
Social distancing coach talk

Best of luck tomorrow to all the new Rhinos starting and welcome back to all the other groups by now your coaches would have given you a training slot its important to stick to the time you were given and follow the guidelines from your Covid Compliance Officers. Stay safe everyone.

Super excited to see rhinos back training.

Back to Rugby guidelines.

As we rapidly approach getting back to training we are really looking forward to see you all and to hear all the usual noises we have missed since March.

The most important thing to remember is that your child’s or your own subs are paid before September 5th go to our easy payment system if your child isn’t registered we will have to turn them away and no one wants to do that. We will not be having a registration day and no coach/manager is going to accept cash or paper registration. If you don’t want your child disappointed please register them ASAP.

Once your all registered and its back to training they’re new guidelines for what will be happening every training session its very important that you all follow these guidelines.

These guidelines were issued by IRFU and we are going to be implementing them.

  1. Children/Players need to turn up for training ready to train (no access to dressing rooms)
  2. Declaration form to be completed before training
  3. One way car system in operation (Stop, Drop and Go)
  4. Parents not permitted to stay and watch
  5. Arrive 15 minutes early before your session starts, parents of young players will be allowed to check in with the compliance officer once that’s done you’ll need to leave.
  6. Hand sanitizer will be provided and must be used before each training session and after each session. Once session is finished straight home no hanging around.
  7. Its very important that every player has their own bottle with their name on it, absolutely no sharing of bottles and we won’t have bottle available.
  8. Respiratory etiquette must be observed at all times, no clearing of nasal passages, no spitting, cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  9. If anyone in the household is sick DO NOT COME TO TRAINING.
  10. Club house facilities are closed you will have access to the toilets, wash hand thoroughly after.

Please respect the rules and the compliance officers.

Thank you all and stay safe.

Registration open

In the current climate we will not be holding an in person registration day. As most of you know we set up an online registration system, in recent years. All subs are to be paid online we cannot accept cash. The registration is open now. You can either pay in one lump sum or in installments. The closing date is 5th of September

We are strictly enforcing a no pay no play rule this year. If you haven’t paid you won’t be covered by our insurance and we don’t want to have to turn players away especially smallies. So we are opening up the registration now and asking you all to register as soon as possible, the deadline for registration is the 5th of September 2020 (click on the link to register now), it is also earmarked as our first training session back. (yippee)

We have a covid compliance officer trained up ready to start with each team. We will be asking you to check in with the compliance officer before each training session again we don’t want to have to turn players away if we don’t have to. I’m sure your are all aware of the symptoms by now so we are asking you to keep them in mind before each training session. And please don’t come to training if you have any symptoms, living with someone who has the virus or have been asked to cocoon. Once you have registered you will start receiving texts from the relevant team coaches as to what to expect when we return training and hopefully playing not long after that. Thank you all, looking forward to see you all back at training, stay safe.

RIP Fr. Eddie

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Fr. Eddie Mullins, a pass member of our Club.

Fr. Edward John Francis Mullins
Fr. Edward John Francis Mullins, a priest of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, died July 6, 2020. Late of Sarsfield Terrace Cork Ireland and Washington DC. Beloved son of the late Tom and Joan Mullins; father of Gar (AnneMarie); grandfather of Nicky; Brother of Thomas, Domie, Bernie, Margaret, Veronica, Helen, Uncle Pat and the late John Mullins. Also survived by his brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews, friends and colleagues. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at St. John the Baptist de la Salle Church, privately in keeping with restrictions due to the Covid Pandemic. Fr. Eddie will be interred in his hometown of Cork, Ireland. 

May he rest in peace.

A. G. M.

We have set the date for our Annual General Meeting Thursday the 30th of July at 8pm.

Nominations for President, Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary are to be emailed to Adrian at aoconnell@oldchristiansrfc.ie by 23rd July.

We will hold the AGM in the hall observing social distancing, if you feel unwell or have been in contact with someone who has corona virus do not attend the meeting.

Looking forward to see you there stay safe.

SOME GOOD NEWS AT LAST.

We are delighted to announce that the J1’s are finally getting back to training thank you to everyone who has worked really hard in the background getting the club Covid compliant. Thanks especially to Shane Kavanagh who has been pushing really hard to get this sorted. Thanks to Sabrina who has volunteered to be the Covid Safety officer, she undertaking training from IRFU and has trained all the Compliance Officers for each team. Each Compliance officer will have a special Covid pack thanks to Shane for securing them from IRFU. There is new signage up around the club and hand sanitizer available. Shane Barry the compliance officer will make it available for everyone who turns up to training.

We want to wish the J1’s best of luck as they head back training and thank you to Shane Barry for taking on the role of Covid Compliance Officer for the team. Its very important that everyone turns up a few minutes early and complies with Shane. Please be patient as this may take a few minutes especially the first night. He will have a checklist that he needs to go through with each person. Its also vitally important to NOT turn up to training if you do not feel well or if you have any of the covid 19 symptoms. If you don’t know them by now click on the link for up to date information.

Important things to remember going forward ;

1. Turn up ready to train

2. Dressing room will not be accessible (toilets will be open)

3. Please travel separately unless you live together

4. No spectator at training

5. Once training is over head straight home

Check in with the compliance officer once you arrive. Social distancing is important in making sure we can all remain safe and follow the guidelines.

Onward and upwards. Well done one and all. Old Christians 2020/21 season up and running. WOO HOO

Training is on tomorrow Tuesday 7th July at 7 pm. All welcome.

Finally if you haven’t already done so please donate what you can to our fundraiser so we can keep the good work going.

Cold and Windy Committee Meeting

We were finally able to come together to have a meeting last night outdoors 6 feet apart in the cold with a lovely breeze blowing. It didn’t stop us however and we are determined to get back to what we do best Rugby.

We had some good news for your all our J1’s are a division one team and they are in a group with the rest of the cork teams and Waterpark. We are hoping to have lots of home games and plenty of reason to celebrate when the season restarts.

With that in mind our own Shane Kavanagh has been working very hard behind the scenes figuring out the covid 19 guidelines that we need to put in place in order to reopen safely. To that end we have had a wonderful parent of one of our U13 players, volunteer to take on the role of Covid Safety officer. Her name is Sabrina Kelleher. We have also asked for each team to appoint a covid officer. Thankfully we nearly have all those roles filled. The covid officers will work closely (6 feet apart) with Sabrina and thanks to her background in nursing and health and safety this should be all done efficiently and with buckets of common sense. We will in time be asking all parents, all players and all coaches to co-operate fully with the various covid officers so we can remain doing what we do best playing rugby and winning.

The first steps are getting outdoor hand washing stations, hand sanitation stations and new signage up. We are currently sourcing signage, wash hand basins and sanitation units. If you haven’t donated yet please visit our Go Fund Me page and do so in order to help us complete this work asap.

Final bit of news from the windy windy meeting, we are hoping to have our AGM on the 23rd of July mark it in your calender’s and it will obviously be dependent on the Government restrictions lifting and we will be following all guidelines set by our new Covid Safety Officer.