The “Eddie Melvin Challenge Trophy” contest took place recently under floodlights at Ashbrook between a Coolmine XV selection and Castleknock College’s senior cup side…

This competition, now in its fourth year, was primarily set up to honour Eddie Melvin for all the work he has done over the years with both Coolmine Rugby Club and Castleknock College.

Eddie, who retired from teaching several years ago, still retains a coaching role in Castleknock. He successfully guided the 1983 senior squad to a cup final place that season; however he is best remembered for keeping the fun side uppermost to the forefront despite the pressures of college competitive rugby. A former president of Coolmine Rugby Club, he is still retains a coaching role in Coolmine.

As well as honouring Eddie this fixture also introduces college players to their local club, strengthens the ties between both and will hopefully encourage them to continue playing rugby with Coolmine when they finish with their college.

Earlier on in the year Coolmine Rugby Club and Castleknock College hosted their second Festival of Rugby last in the college grounds.

This event was a great success with over 120 players taking part. The match as usual was a close affair with Castleknock running in winning try in the dying minutes. Best of luck from all in Coolmine to Castleknock College for their upcoming Senior Cup campaign.