Dave Farrelly C.R.O. for West Offaly recently held a blitz for schools in the Ferbane area…

Despite the inclement weather there was a great turnout, with seven of ten local schools attending. These were; Clonmacnoise, Boher, Pullough, Ferbane, Broughall, Ballinahown and High St, Belmont. All the games were played in great spirit with particular emphasis on fair play and skills.

Each school played in the region of seven matches. At the end of the games all the children received refreshments kindly sponsored by West Offaly Lions R.F.C.

The club also put up a Cup for the best team. Marks were awarded for how the teams performed showing respect for opponents and the referees. Also taken into consideration were playing within the rules and skilful play. Because of the overall high quality it took a long discussion by the referees to pick a winner. Eventually white smoke rose and Pullough were declared winners.

Peter Mooney West Offaly Lions President who attended the blitz was hugely impressed with the number kids and quality of play; he also presented the Cup to the winning team.

Many thanks to Brian O’Carroll (Club Chairman) for his help in organising referees and snacks for the children.