Author: Dave Philpott

Munster’s next opponents train in Rathcooney

Munster take on the Southern Kings in in Musgrave Park on Friday @19.35 Eir/Premiersport and they used our All Weather Pitch to train today.

We hope to have more on this later, but in the meantime a couple of pics.

There is a bit of a difference between South Africa, (where it is currently Summer), and Rathcooney in February, but all seemed to go well.

An overview.
Phoning a friend.
Lineout practice.
Definitely a lot colder than it looks.
The Boss looks on.
The players signed a club jersey.

Mini Rugby in New Zealand.

Mini rugby in New Zealand is called “Junior” Rugby.

“Ripper Rugby ” is “TAG”

and $ 80 NZ dollars is about 48 Euro.

Note Players are graded on weight

From Marist Albion R.F.C.

Play your rugby at Marist Albion in 2020


ALL new and returning junior players are required to register for the 2020 season using the online registration process. For new junior players, these will be available here from 1 February, 2020. If you played for Marist Albion last season, you will receive an invitation to re-register via email by Monday 3rd February, please keep an eye on your inbox for this.


That all of yours and your child’s details (especially your contact details) are filled in accurately;

That you choose the school that your child attends;

That you choose the age group that you would like your child to play in for the 2020 season (see table of guidelines below for age grades).

That you provide an accurate weight for your children to ensure correct grading.

If you are paying subs for more than one child in your family (see pricing below), please include the names of the children in the final section of the registration form. You will receive an email following submission to confirm you are registered. To complete your registration, payment of your 2020 subs must also be processed, online payment is easy and is available on completion of the online registration form.

2020 Junior Rugby Season – Grade by Age Table

Under 132007
Under 122008
Under 112009
Under 102010
Under 9 (Tackle OR Quickrip)2011
Under 8 (Tackle OR Quickrip)2012
Under 7 (Rippa Rugby)2013
Under 6 (Rippa Rugby)2014 or later


​Once you have completed your online registration and payment, your next step will be one of the following:

  • All new players MUST attend one of our registration nights (see dates below) and provide us with proof of identity (a copy of a current passport or birth certificate is fine) and to get weighed in. This is also a good opportunity to meet the committee and ask them any questions you may have about the upcoming season.
  • U6 & U7 players – will be able to collect their jerseys from their team managers at their first practise, you can expect to hear from your 2020 management team shortly after registrations close.
  • U8 and above will be required to attend an official Weigh In night at the clubrooms (date to be confirmed). This season jerseys will be distributed directly to team management who will issue jerseys at preseason trainings.

If you are unable to complete the online registration process, you can also register players in person on Monday 17th February 2020 OR Monday 2nd March 2020 from 4.30pm – 6.30pm at the Marist Albion RFC Clubrooms, 181 Condell Ave.

Our 2020 subscription fees are as follows: – includes a team photo for each player and a jersey (to be returned at the end of season)

$80 for one child

$130 for two or more children from the same family

Sporting Edge are our exclusive stockists and have all your Marist Albion apparel needs covered. You will find a full range of socks, shorts, hoodies, hats and supporters gear available at their store, Unit 9, 501 Wairakei Road, open 7 days a week. Club members will also receive a 10% discount on any other purchases when you shop throughout the store so pick up your mouthguards, boots or any other extras while you are there, they really are a one stop shop!

We are proud to be affiliated with NZ Marist Rugby and can also offer additional rugby experiences throughout the season for our junior members. U9, U11 and U13 players have the opportunity to further represent Marist Albion at the Pompallier Trophy Tournament, an annual event involving junior teams from Marist Albion, Ashburton Celtic and Timaru Celtic.

We encourage our players and supporters to attend our clubrooms each Saturday. The clubrooms are a family friendly environment  and are open from 4pm, the bar is open and food is available for purchase. Junior speeches will be at 5pm. The playground is conveniently located via the back staircase.

If you haven’t already, please ‘Like’ us on Facebook Marist Albion Rugby Club to keep up to date on all club happenings throughout the season.

We look forward to seeing many new and returning faces for the upcoming season. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Junior Club Captain or President for any further information.

Brendon Feary

Junior Club Captain

Ph: 021 226 4003


Jo McKenzie

Junior Club President

Ph: 021 067 2906


Sheila Foley R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Sheila Foley (née O’Halloran)
Ballyhooley Road, Dillons Cross, Cork

Foley (Ballyhooley Road, Dillons Cross, Cork):
On January 28th, 2020, peacefully, in the tender, loving care of the staff of St. Elizabeth’s Ward, St. Finbarr’s Hospital, SHEILA (née O’Halloran), dearly beloved wife of Charlie and loving mother of John, Tony, Liam
and Phyllis and dear sister of the late Noreen O’Halloran, Billy O’Halloran and Rose Dineen. 
Sadly missed by her loving husband and family, daughters-in-law
Deirdre, Anne, and Rachel. son-in-law Kieran, her adored seven
grandsons, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 
Lying in repose at the Mayfield Funeral Home, Old Youghal Road of
Jerh. O’Connor Ltd.
Removal at 8.00pm on (Wednesday) evening to St. Joseph’s Church, Mayfield.
Requiem Mass at 2.30pm on (Thursday). Funeral afterwards to Rathcooney Cemetery. Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, to
Friends of the Residents of St. Finbarr’s Hospital.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-aman dílis.

Juniors advance in Junior Cup and Ladies win in Thurles

Old Christians needed a try in extra time from Chris Hartnett which John Marnell converted to give them a 24-17 away win at Nenagh Ormond.

Cian Smith and Chris O’Donnell were their other try scorers and Marnell converted both and also added a penalty.

Well done to our ladies who won their match today an away game in Thurles. 

We are due to travel to Ballincollig on Sunday next for the next round.

Draw results in.

The Club Draw took place today in the Club and the results are as follows;

1st Prize of 2 tickets for the Ireland V. Wales game on 8th Feb 2020 was won by Ryan Murphy, player on the Under 12 team.

2nd Prize of 2 tickets for the Ireland V. Scotland Game on 1st Feb was won by Sheila O’Sullivan, parent of an Under 11 player, and the 

3rd Prize of 2 tickets for the Ireland V. Italy Game on 7th March was won by Peter Marnell, club Stalwart.

Click here.

Barry Hill would like to thank all you helped with the draw.

It’s a vital part of our annual fund raising.

Castleisland Pull Out+ Pre season in NZ.

Castleisland have pulled out of Divison 2 of the MJL.

All of their results have been voided so only one team will be relegated. They have been struggling since the start of the season with heavy defeats most weeks.

So four games to go, two home and two away.

9th February 2020 J1 vs Tralee2:30 pmAway.Munster Junior League
16th February 2020 J1 vs Fethard & District2:30 pmRathcooneyMunster Junior League
15th March 2020 J1 vs Dungarvan2:30 pmAway.Munster Junior League
29th March 2020 J1 vs Charleville2:30 pmRathcooneyMunster Junior League

We play two of the current bottom three and two from the top seven, with the 15th of March game v Dungarvan the pivotal match.

On a different point, below is the Pre-season program for my nearest club in New Zealand, Marist Albion. It might interest some of you.

“Colts” are under 21 and St.Bede’s are the school that a lot of the Marist players attended.

Back for the Tralee game.

Castleisland concede points.

At first glance, this might seem a good thing, but as things stand, all our nearest competitors have taken the Kerry side for bonus point wins, (5pt.).

There are at least five teams still in the running for the two promotion places.

Will this come back to bite us ?

See current table below.