Blackrock Women’s RFC have commenced training for this year’s challenge to UL Bohemians’ stranglehold on the All Ireland League trophy…

UL reclaimed the title in last season’s final after Blackrock at last managed to secure the title in 2008 but Blackrock are determined to take the Cup back to Stradbrook Road in the 2009/10 season.

This challenge has been strengthened with the introduction of a new forwards coach in the guise of Keith Murphy. Keith brings a significant amount of experience to the team, both as a player and a coach, having played for Blackrock both at club and schools level and Trinity College in the front row. His coaching experience has also seen him take on the role of forward’s coach for the Leinster Women’s team in 2008 and 2009 and Trinity Under-20’s men’s team.

Keith’s rapport with the team and his coaching experience has raised expectations within the club. Players who have worked with him in the past have spoken about his determination and commitment. Those traits, coupled with his will to win, will provide a great springboard from which Blackrock can mount a serious challenge this season. Keith will coach alongside Tania Rosser who will continue to as backs coach.

The addition of a conditioning coach has also ensured Blackrock are well prepared for all eventualities this season. Amy Davis, a current Irish International based in Belfast, joined Blackrock as a player last year. Amy is qualified through the University of Belfast as a UK Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA) Accredited Coach. She is currently fitness coach to the Ulster based playing panel of the Irish Senior Women’s and Under-18’s Hockey Team and has also worked with the Ulster Squash team. Amy has stressed that fitness and conditioning are paramount if the team are to go to the top of the league this year. She will be putting the girls through their paces at training as well as providing training programmes for the players to follow in their own time.

Blackrock always welcomes new players. A development team trains alongside the senior squad, so there is a place for players at all levels. Training takes place on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7pm.

If you are interested, come along and try it out.