With the completion of major groundworks at home and the launch of a kickstart mobile app, Ballinasloe RFC have seen many positive developments during the past months. Lately, many underage players have been emerging with great triumphs, laying a new foundation on the club’s enduring legacy.
Among those are Róisín Power and Catherine Fleming, who both were named to the Connacht U18’s Women’s squad over the Summer. Upon their appointment, the girls trained at bootcamp in Belfast and have since been engaged in their Interprovincials.
The U18’s advanced with a 13-5 win over Munster at Musgrave Park, with sights set next on their bout against Leinster.
Playing in warm and sunny conditions against fierce opposition, the game was no easy task. After ten minutes of an apparent stalemate between the two teams, Róisin Power breached a strong backline to open the match with a try.
The squads went on blow for blow over the remaining runtime, with Connacht eventually taking the day at 19-15. Both girls showed great grit during the final minutes, defending their lead till the bitter end.
Meanwhile U19’s Sean Power and U18’s Joseph Smith were named to their respective provincial teams, the later securing his series with a final day victory against Ulster.
Aishling Keighery, Róisín O Sullivan and Prudence Mwase were selected on the U16’s Connacht squad at the High Performance Centre, competing against all three regional squads in the Interpro Blitz.
The Senior men’s team will compete the Connacht Junior 1B League for the 23/24 season following their promotion, kicking off in early October against Corinthians RFC. The club intends to field a second ‘A’ team for the upcoming year.
The club also completed its latest two phases in development plans with the construction of a storage shed and the lay down of a high quality, leisure track along the ground’s perimeter.
The walkway, grant aided by Clár, is open for public use although dogs are not permitted on the facility. The next phase of developments will seek the replacement and upgrading of the pitch lighting.
A new welcome addition to the club consists the launch of the ‘Ballinasloe RFC’ app, the first of its kind in Connacht.
Updates on all activities, news and fixtures from the Broncos to Senior squads can be found on the platform and can be downloaded from the Apple or Play Store.
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