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Joe Moran U'11 2017
Joe Moran Festival 2017 – Fionnuala Finegan U11 coach.
This April 1st promises to be no ordinary April fool’s day at Naas Rugby Club, as preparations are well under way and excitement is reaching fever pitch in anticipation for this year’s U11 Joe Moran Festival of Rugby 2017!
Now in its 19th Year, it promises to be the biggest and best rugby festival we’ve seen to date, at Forenaughts. We are expecting approximately 50 teams from across the 4 provinces to descend on the famous grounds in Kildare that morning. In a time when all talk is of walls, boundaries and borders, the Joe Moran Festival, and the ethos behind it, provide just the right antidote.
This year, like every year, the festival is about the kids enjoying a positive experience and a great day out where they get to showcase their skills, and talents, with the wider rugby community, in a non-competitive environment. While there will be over 130 games played, the results will not be recorded and there will be no knock-out rounds. There is, however, the Joe Moran Perpetual Trophy up for grabs.
It will be awarded to the team/club that displays the best overall attitude to their fellow teammates, opponents, referees and coaches. They must also possess the essential characteristics of rugby, namely; respect, teamwork, and sportsmanship. What we can promise is a morning bursting with action and excitement as 750 ten year olds get together to test their metal against players in some of the best rugby clubs Ireland has to offer!.
What can be expected on the day?
In order to ensure that the day is a success for all involved, and most importantly, the travelling teams, Naas U11s RFC and our team of volunteers will be providing all teams with complimentary refreshments, BBQ, (meat provided by Dawn Foods) T-shirts, medals and certificate’s for participating.
We hope the sun will be shining that morning, as there will be an ice-cream man and pizza van to add to the occasion. Brady’s Ham will be there giving goody bags. There will be a face painter and a raffle with prize draw. People can buy raffle tickets throughout morning, and all proceeds will go to supporting ‘Barretstown’ a local charity in Ballymore Eustace in Co. Kildare. They run camps free of charge for children and families living with serious illness.
We can also expect to see and hear KFM, Kildare’s local Radio station on the morning of the 1st. They will be broadcasting throughout the event and will command a great presence at Forenaughts on the day by adding atmosphere, entertainment and enjoyment for all- get your requests ready!!
A day like the Joe Moran festival would not go ahead without the unwavering commitment of coaches, players, parents, sponsors, clubs and wider community. It is an immense undertaking, but a great tradition, and long may it continue. The future of Irish Rugby is very bright indeed!
Kick off it as 10.30am and all games will be wrapped up by 14.30