February 2017 Newsletter
Welcome back to another new year of rugby here at BK RFC. Let’s kick off the year with the good news story. On Wednesday
Feb 22nd, the Special Policy Committee (Parks + Recreation) of Galway City council voted to put a rugby pitch onto the Kingston
lands development. This is a major breakthrough for our little club and great credit is due to all of our members who signed
petitions, contacted Councillors, wrote letters and also to our own sub-committee who have worked diligently on this for 9 months
now. An image of the proposed park is below. Full details are here Kingston land park plan
The next step on our pitch journey will take place on Monday March 6th when the Council as a whole will vote on the Kingston
land proposals. If as a parent of a BKRFC player or just as a resident of the catchment area, you would care to call your local
councillors to welcome the plans and the provision of a rugby pitch, then that would be fantastic. The Councillors contact details
are available from the City council website contact details here. The more of us that contact the councillors via phone and email
and welcome this proposal the better chance it will pass on the night. BKRFC will be on hand on the evening of the meeting to
present our petition to the Mayor Cllr Noel Larkin who will receive our petition on behalf of all Councillors.
Assuming we are successful with the Council on Monday and the pitch goes ahead over the next year or so, then as a club we
really need to increase our fundraising, as history and precedence informs us that we will need to make some sort of financial
contribution to the cost of construction and/or maintenance of this new pitch. If you feel that you have expertise in this space, or
an interest, or you have a wealthy bachelor Uncle on his last legs without a will will you please contact Tony on Saturdays or
email back in to volunteer to be part of our new fundraising sub-committee? This is a real opportunity to engage in a
tangible community activity whose impact will last years. Please help!
Our current registration for 2016-2017 stands at €9,670, a club record. Let’s try to get this to €10,000. 5 more players to register
and we will be there. Contact any of your coaches or Tony/Richie on Saturday mornings to complete the registration process.
10 years ago in 2007, BK RFC formed. 10 years later our very first under 8 team has just won the under 18.5 Connacht
development league as NUIG academy. Well done to all concerned with this team. What a great 10 year anniversary gift!!
March sees our under 9,10,11,12 take to the road to the corners of Connacht to participate in all the Connacht blitzes. So far
U10 Ballina March 4th
U11 Monivea March 11th
U12 Loughrea/Ballinasloe April 1st
Keep an eye on teamer for details on these events as we get closer.
If your little minions are at a loose end over the Easter school break then you could do worse than to enrol them in a Connacht
rugby Easter rugby camp. Usually several first team players show up to give a helping hand. Full details shortly from Connacht
One for your diaries, Our annual bus trip to the largest mini blitz in the country at Seapoint co. Dublin takes place on Sunday
April 23rd. U10,11,12 teams from BKRFC will participate. More on this as we get closer but keep the date free for now.
Famous rugby quotes. “It’s a tackle. We are not inventing anything. “If there’s a tackle there’s no offside. We can go there. We
never played the nine. We just occupied space.” – Conor O Shea, Italy Head coach last Sunday.
Laws of Rugby: The one that the English team did not seem to know about on Sunday. 16.1 (b) How can a ruck form. Players
are on their feet. At least one player must be in physical contact with an opponent. The ball must be on the ground. If the ball is
off the ground for any reason, the ruck is not formed.
Upcoming Connacht matches:
Connacht v Zebre 3/3/17 19.35
Glasgow v Connacht 25/3/17 17.15
Zebre v Connacht 1/4/17 14.30
Edinburgh v Connacht 7/4/17 19.35