Last season Seapoint Rugby Club celebrated its 75th anniversary with the most successful in its long history…

They were unbeaten in Leinster League Division 1A followed by 3 wins, 2 of them on the road, in the AIL Round Robin Qualifiers and capped off with their 7th Spencer Cup win in 10 years.

How can you top that?

Well it’s going to be hard! We all know how tough the Leinster League is but the AIL Div 3 will bring a new challenge and one that the players, coaching staff and supporters in Seapoint are relishing. The start to the season has seen mixed fortunes for the 1st and 2nd XV with both teams winning 3 for 3 in the Leinster Senior Cup Qualifiers only to face defeats to strong opposition from UCD and Clontarf respectively in the ¼ finals.

Now the focus is firmly centred on AIL Division 3 now, 15 fixtures (between next weekend and 16th April 2011), 8 home and 7 away, it’s going to be a tough challenge and will test the mettle of the Seapoint 1st XV, coaches and their legendary supporters.

First up, next Saturday, is an away trip to Rainey Old Boys with Wanderers, the first visitors to Kilbogget Park for an AIL game home (kick off 5pm) the following week. The 1st XV squad led by new captain, Mark Barrett and under the guidance once again of Declan Keegan and Nigel Osborne are ready for the challenge and the supporters are just happy to be along for the trip, but will be getting right behind them!

The support at the home fixtures has always been fantastic down at Kilbogget Park, the local community of Killiney, Ballybrack and Cabinteely showing their support but it’s the support for the away games that the club supporters can be most proud of. Last year saw record numbers of supporters travelling to the away games all over Leinster with the largest contingent making the long trips to City of Derry and most memorably, Monivea for the final game in the AIL Round Robin which saw the Seapoint supporters outnumber the home support by 4-1.

As Director of Rugby, Karl O’Neill says: “Last season was historic but this year we are competing at a different level and it is always good to know that our legendary supporters will follow us wherever we travel. Their encouragement from the sidelines is vital and the team always appreciate it.”

He also continues that as the club’s first ever AIL game on Saturday grows closer, the anticipation is growing and there’s a great buzz in the club and the squad are ready for the challenge ahead and the many new fixtures that are in the schedule.