Ballina Rugby

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    Ballina Rugby Club were yesterday crowned the All-Ireland League Division 2C champions, following a 47 - 27 point win over Tullamore.

    Club President Martin Boland described the Ballina squad as the "best-ever in the 91 year history of the club".

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Ballina will look to continue their perfect start  to life back in the All-Ireland League aiming  to get their fourth straight win in Division 2C tomorrow afternoon.

    Following a break last weekend, the Moysiders will travel to face Bruff in Limerick with kick-off at 2.30pm.

    Ballina are in second spot in the league, and they now trail pace-setters Midleton by just a point.

  • Ballina Rugby Football Club have been handed sanctions from the IRFU for an alleged breach of IRFU Regulations.

    A post on social media of Kieran Lindsay receiving the keys for use of a car on behalf of Ballina RFC from Connolly Motors has been perceived as a personal benefit.

    Regulation 6 states that no amateur player playing in the Connacht or All Ireland Leagues can receive payment or benefits.

    In a statement Ballina RFC said the car was intended for use by Ballina RFC to develop the game in North Mayo schools and that they have always fully followed regulation 6 protocol. 

    Sanctions applied will include a €2000 fine for the club and deduction of two league points from our AIL team.

    Club Chairman, Alan Rowe, says “We’re an extremely progressive club, promoting and developing the game at all levels on and off the pitch, so to be hit with these sanctions is extremely disappointing.

    “We are blessed to have outstanding support from local businesses and the general public throughout our catchment area and we know this news will cause a lot of hurt, but we’re very determined not let it impact negatively on the club or on our senior team.

    “We’ve had to overcome challenges throughout our history and I’m confident we’ll overcome this one too. Our senior team have been outstanding representatives for Ballina RFC in recent seasons and the two-point deduction will hit them hard, so it’s up to all of us and everyone in the community to get behind them and carry them through the rest of the season as they battle to stay in the division. We play Sligo next Saturday in Heffernan Park and now, more than ever, we need the place packed with our supporters,” he added.

    The news comes the day after Heffernan Park hosted a ‘20x20 Women in Sport’ event where our Ballina senior women took on Westport under floodlights on our new state-of-the-art pitch.

  • Ballina Rugby Club is reaching out to supporters at home and abroad asking them to get behind a gofundme page set up to continue the future development of the club on Creggs Road.

    The club say they face their own challenges.

    Teams haven’t been able to play the game they love, Ballina's clubhouse and facilities have been closed temporarily and finances have been hit hard.

    Club chairman, Alan Rowe, is well aware of the challenges facing people at this time and says while the fundraiser is important, other matters are much more pressing.
    “Staying safe and healthy – minding one another and getting through this pandemic is the priority. However, we are always thinking of the future here in the club and we’re asking anyone who would like to help us to please do so.

    “There is a huge vibrancy in Ballina RFC. There’s a belief that nothing is impossible, but like everything in life, there are costs involved. We have really exciting plans for Heffernan Park and for the club as a whole, but our income stream has dried up and we’re asking our friends at home and abroad to come on board and help us on our journey. All contributions will make a difference.

  • There's a cold silence over Ballina as a deep feeling of loss which echoes quietly over the Moy.


    John Brennan, who proudly described himself on Facebook as a 'Blindside Flanker at Ballina RFC' has died and to say the club is in shock would be an understatement of huge proportions.


    Club Chairman, Alan Rowe, says everyone at Heffernan Park is stunned by the terrible news.


    "On behalf of myself, our President, Dr Blaise Brunker and everyone in Ballina RFC, I want to send our deepest sympathies to Mary, Niall, Niall, Mark, Paul and all John's lovely family. We honestly cannot believe it and it's hard to find words right now. John was such a treasured member of the club, an integral cog in a group who were destined for true greatness on and off the rugby pitch.

    His death has cast a dark cloud over Ballina and we must all stand together now, alongside his family and support them in any way we can. May he rest in peace."

  • Entries for the biggest rugby event in the region have gone live since this morning. Ballina RFC's Tag Rugby Tournament will take place in Heffernan Park on August 15th and will see 400 players take part on the day.


    This will be a celebration of rugby on a day when friendship, fun and football will see the Moyside venue immersed in a sea of excitement and positivity.


    The event has already received huge interest from all across the country and one of the organisers, Fiona Rowe, is encouraging teams to sign up quickly in order to reserve a spot for the big day.


    "We have received enquiries from near and far and there is great interest in the event. Discussions have taken place with the IRFU, who are very supportive, and the tournament is completely compliant with Covid Safety Regulations. This has put a lot of minds at ease and there is a great sense of excitement and anticipation about the whole thing.


    "Get your team together, whether it's your family, your friends, your work colleagues, your street, your village or a combination of the lot - sign up and get ready for the fun!"

  • It's yet another huge weekend across a variety of sporting codes in the region this Saturday and Sunday, and looking ahead to the major events, including a preview of the Mayo Junior championship, Michael D McAndrew and Cormac O'Malley give their take on what's ahead for the weekend. Watch the video preview here or check out the audio version below!

    Stay tuned to Midwest Radio this weekend and every weekend for the best sports coverage in the region!

     

  • The Connacht U18 and U19 Squads have been named for their respective interprovincial Championships which begin this weekend.

    Three Ballina rugby players have been included in the respective squads.

    Fiachna Barrett who is a student at St. Brendan’s College in Belmullet is included in the U18 squad.

    Both Alan Duffy and Caolan Hopkins of Ballina Rugby club have been included in the Connacht U19 squad.

    For the second year running the U18’s will be based at the University of Limerick for over a week where the competition will be run off.

    Their opening game comes this Saturday against Ulster before they face Leinster on Wednesday August 21st.

    They complete their campaign with a meeting with Munster on Sunday August 25th at the same venue.

    The U19’s go to the interpros with the bulk of the squad winning the U18 Interprovinical Championship at UL twelve months earlier, and they begin their series away to Munster this Friday at Thomond Park.

    Their one and only home game comes on Wednesday August 21st when the team host Leinster at the Sportsground, and their final game against Ulster on Sunday August 25th will be played at the neutral venue of NUIM Barnhall.

  • Two Ballina Rugby players have been selected for the Ireland U18 side.

    Harry West & Fiachna Barrett are now classed as National Talent Squad players and will receive all the supports that goes with that from both Connacht Rugby and IRFU High Performance Staff.

  • Two former Ballina Rugby players have been included Ireland Six Nations Squad.

    Connacht’s Dave Heffernan and Caelan Dorris who plays for Leinster have both been included in Andy Farrell’s first 35-man Six Nations Squad.

    Jonathan Sexton is the new Ireland captain.

    The 34-year old Leinster out-half replaces Rory Best who retired after the World Cup.