Things are certainly going to change at Letterkenny Rugby Club, when it was in with the new and out with the old.
Stalwarts Michael McGarvey, Denis Faulkner, Jeremy Worth and Shane Fulton, all stepped down due to various reasons, especially Michael McGarvey, who has gone to South Africa to work. Not many there speak Irish, but I’m sure Mick will get along fine with his single minded determination to succeed.
Back to the AGM and a lot of new names have joined the committee, along with some old hands regurgitated from the past. Allen McCrea appears after a lengthy absence, to take on the job of P.R.O. so hopefully not only will there will be a report of all the matches, but we will also know what match is on every week-end and where. Technology may be a problem but I’m sure I’ll manage. I was very useful using a hammer in a previous life.
As for the newcomers, Ronan O’Donnell, who has been organising the seconds, has got the job of Fixture secretary. This will be hard for him the first year but he will learn, especially as he was the biggest culprit at sending team sheets in last year.
Bravest man of all is Connor Lawless who has taken over the onerous role of treasurer from Mark Bundescu. This should be natural for him as he is already involved in finance in the town with John Loughrey & Co.
Pitch Comittee: Allen McCrea, Francis McNicholl, Seamus Culhane and Paul Madigan.
A lot of old hands back in here with plenty of experience looking after grasslands. They take over from Martin Moylan ,who did a great job in the past and will be a hard act to follow.
Mark Bundescu has moved to help the Glebe Holdings, which is a mixture of members of both Letterkenny Gaels & the Rugby Club, who run the grounds and club house jointly.
Connor Dunleavy and Terence Gallagher, both 1st XV members have their first taste of committee work, Connor of course is one of the famous Dunleavy Brothers, five in all, who have all made their mark in various ways in Letterkenny RFC. Most Famous of them all is Michael who has been playing regularly for Dungannon Seniors alongside another man who came from the Letterkenny ranks, Jaryd Bennett.
Two more members, this time from the Second XV are Shane Larkin and Brendan Maxwell
At a subsequent players meeting after the A.G.M. there was talk about a tour, first a local tour and then overseas (maybe !)
Conor Dunleavy was elected Captain of the 1st XV, with Andrew Gibson as his vice-captain.
Ronan O’Donnell was elected Captain of the 2nd XV, with Brian McGrory as his vice-captain.
The playing committee have asked me to mention that there is TAG rugby down at the pitches every Wed night at 7.00.
Every one over 16 is invited. An invitation is sent out to any new player, even new to rugby, in the area or maybe older players who fancy keeping fit, or meeting up with old mates.
The committee is at present sitting down to sort out the under age coaching and if anyone would like to help or is interested in coaching or helping in any way, please give me a ring at 086 3325955.
As the British & Irish Lions are the talk of the town at present. The test Matches will be shown live in the Downtown Bar on Saturday Mornings Dates & times as below.
1st Test Downtown Bar 22nd June 11.00am
2nd Test Downtown Bar 29th June 11.00am
3rd Test Downtown Bar 6th July 11.00am
Finall, the club would like to congratulate Jason Black on his fantastic achievement of climbing Mount Everest. Jason started Rugby Late on, but once he got the hang of it he went from strength to strength eventually becoming Captain and a valuable committee man. He moved on to cycling and then onto mountaineering, and has always been both a fitness fanatic and a meticulous planner. He is still one of the main rugby club sponsors and still can be seen on the side line when his busy schedule allows it