Over 170 first year students from Ardee Community School competed in the inaugural tag rugby blitz held in Ardee RFC recently.

The event was organised by Leinster Rugby CCRO (Club Community Rugby Officer) Liam Mullane and Ardee Community School teacher, Andy Robb.

There was plenty of assistance on the day from 45 Ardee Community School transition year students who acted as scorekeepers, referees and team managers on the day.

The rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of any of the players, with some excellent skills on display.

The format of the blitz saw each tutor group enter two teams. There were four pools with the winners of each pool progressing to the semi-finals. The eventual winners were ‘Walton 1’ who won the final in extra-time.

Although there was some good, friendly competition on the day, ultimately the aim of the blitz was to promote active participation for all students. Ardee Community School has just finished its ‘give it a try’ programme with all 1st year students gaining tag rugby skills. The blitz was a great way for students to show off the skills they had learned throughout the year.

Many thanks to all the transition year students and the teachers who assisted on the day, making sure the tag rugby blitz ran smoothly.

Ardee Rugby Club training takes place on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7pm- 8pm for U8-U18 boys and U12-U14 girls, with the U16-U18 and Ladies teams training on Wednesdays from 7pm-8.30pm.

For more information please email ardeeccro@leinsterrugby.ie.