Barna Knocknacarra News October 2016

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Anthony Foley from all at Na Bairneachai RFC. A touching  tribute was also posted earlier this morning from the Connacht squad

Connacht Anthony Foley Tribute

Our season is well and truly up and running and again our fortunes are entwined with Connacht. For our first home blitz we hosted Corrib RFC and Gort RFC on Saturday 15th at Dangan. The weather held, we had over 200 children take part, and our catering department did us proud. Thank you to all who prepared food for the event and special thanks are due to Emma, Nadia, Georgina, Fionnuala, Sharon and Fiona who ran the kitchen. We would also like to acknowledge the generous financial contribution of Barna Village Dental, Roger + Katie, 2 of our parents who sponsored this blitz.

Barna Village Dental

Our next blitz is away to Clifden on Saturday November 5th. Details of this event will be sent to you in advance via the Teamer app. We will need drivers on the day.

Our membership continues to grow. We have migrated our registration and payment system over to the Teamer web based app. This will provide you the parent with a better insight into all that goes on in the club. It will also allow us to manage the club more efficiently. Please register your child using the teamer link provided. We will make every effort to ensure your child receives his kit on the Saturday after your have registered and paid.

We will have 3 fundraising events before Christmas The first of these, ‘Your Club Your Country’ is a raffle organised by IRFU, who also have supplied the fantastic prizes. Full details of the prizes are here . BKRFC have 1000 tickets to sell at €10 each.The club gets to keep all the monies raised from this raffle. We ask that each family in the club takes one book of tickets to sell. Tickets will be distributed on Saturday October 29th and must be returned by Saturday November 12th

Our second fundraiser is our annual bag packing day at Dunnes Knocknacarra which will take place on Saturday November 26th. Training will be suspended on that day. We will pack bags at the checkouts in Dunnes from 10am to 6pm. We need at least 10 sets of parents and children for each 2 hour slot. You can register yourself here for this event and you can see who else has registered here

Our final fundraiser for 2016 will be a table quiz in Tom Sheridan’s pub on Tuesday November 29th at 20.30, with prizes galore. If any of you feel you can help with these events will you please contact us at We would especially encourage any parents that might have unused vouchers, or excess bottles of any sort to help sponsor the spot prizes on the night. These can be dropped off at training session to any of the coaches. We also need an MC for the night. If you have experience in this regard, do let us know.

All monies raised by BKRFC are used by BKRFC for the development of the club and its members.

If any of you reading this newsletter has experience in accountancy, fundraising, marketing, public relations we would appreciate a call. We are trying to increase our profile as a club within Galway City in the hope that we might obtain a permanent home at some point in the future. To do this will take money, time, resources etc. We really could do with some of your expertise in this area. Please email directly and we will get back to you

One of the perks of being a Rugby club is access to RBS 6 nation’s tickets. We will have 3 pairs of tickets available to purchase for both the 2017 RBS 6N England and France matches. To show your expression of interest in these tickets please complete this short online form here. The winners of the right to purchase these tickets will be announced just in time for Christmas.

Laws of rugby 16.2 Joining a ruck.

(a) All players forming, joining or taking part in a ruck must have their heads and shoulders no lower than their hips.

(b) A player joining a ruck must bind on a team-mate or an opponent, using the whole arm. The bind must either precede, or be simultaneous with, contact with any other part of the body of the player joining the ruck.

Famous rugby quotes

“You’ve got to get your first tackle in early, even if it is late” Ray Gravell, Llanelli, Wales and British lions

Up-coming Connacht home games

o Connacht v Cardiff November 25th

o Connacht v Treviso December 3rd

o Connacht v Wasps December 17th

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