Presidents Message

Presidents Message

Greetings to all members and supporters.

We are up and running on all fronts both on and off the pitch. I hope everyone has settled back into the swing of things despite the seasonally inclement weather.

Ongoing Works

I noted in my notes a couple of weeks ago that the work on Pitch 2 had commenced. They are now finished and we await the results over the coming months as the new surface grows and should be ready for play at the start of next season. 

Also as part of our pitch improvement/upgrade works, the floodlighting on all three pitches is being upgraded, Pitch 3 has been completed and the difference between before and now is evident for all to see. Again these upgrades were funded partly by the Sports Capital Grant scheme. The other two pitches are in progress and should be completed over the next few weeks.

At this stage, I would like to express our gratitude to Woodbrook College who are hosting some of youth teams for the season, we hope to develop a long-term relationship with them over the coming months and years. 


Upcoming Events

Friday 17th November – we host Ross O’Carroll Kelly again in the clubhouse, he has become a firm favourite with club members over the years and we would expect a large turnout again. Please see link below for tickets (€20pp)

Paul Howard – Ross O’Carroll Kelly at Seapoint Tickets, Fri 17 Nov 2023 at 20:00 | Eventbrite

Saturday 2nd December – official opening of our new clubhouse. Over the past 3 years, we have invested in our clubhouse, new gym, new dressing rooms, externally and an internal refurb which includes the opening of “The Ruck” coffee shop. We will share more details of the day over the next few weeks. We are playing Monkstown at home that in the Leinster League. 


Rugby (Senior)

1st XV have qualified for the Spencer Cup Final to be played later in the season, we last played in the final in 2010. They have got off to a strong start in the Leinster League currently lying 2nd with 2 wins out of 3 with a superb win over Bective last Saturday. They travel to Westport this Saturday for the 1st round of the All Ireland Junior Cup. All support welcome.

2nd XV have qualified for the Jim Byrne Cup final against DLSP, this will be played at a date later in the season. Their run to the final included a superb ½ final win over Bective. 

3rd XV lost narrowly in the ¼ final of the John Madden Cup against BGF Ravens but got their revenge in the League last Saturday with a 25 – 5 win.

The fixtures as currently known are on the club website – these are subject to change, so keep an eye for any updates or changes. All support for all teams is always welcome.


Rugby (Under 20s)

U20s commenced with a friendly victory over DLSP and in the JP Fanagan 2 qualifier 1st leg came away from Greystones with a 16all draw last Sunday. The return leg is this Sunday in Seapoint with a 3pm kick off. All support welcome for this huge game for the squad.

New players at all levels from under 20s to 1st XV are always welcome in our club so if you know anybody looking to join or switch clubs, they will be welcomed in traditional Seapoint fashion and they can make contact with any members of the Rugby committee at rugby@seapointrugby.com
 

Rugby (youth and minis)

Sunday morning and most weeknights during the week are a hive of activity among all age groups, the future of the club is in their hands and it is great to see the numbers at all age levels.

As always, any kids whether new members or returning ones will be welcomed with open arms, the more the merrier. 

Last but no means least, our famous Dragons teams. Training away every Sunday morning

Volunteers

I would like to compliment all our volunteers (both on and off the pitch). Fielding teams across all levels and age grades takes a huge effort and organisation, this is a huge achievement and is down to dedication by players, coaches, committee members, supporters, parents, facilities, sponsors and most importantly a hugely welcoming environment for the players.


Clubhouse

The members will see that work continued in the off season particularly in the Clubhouse with the interior upgrade virtually complete. Many thanks must go to Karen Chamberlaine, Alan Finnie, Graham Byrne and our new head of facilities, Eoin Finnegan and lots of others in this regard.

Members are encouraged to utilise our fabulous clubhouse for functions such as birthdays, special family occasions etc. Our Clubhouse makes a fantastic venue for whatever you want to celebrate.  Birthdays, Christenings, Communion / Confirmations, charity events – we’ve even had a couple of weddings! This is your club, please take advantage of the superb facilities that we have.

If you want to book the club for a function, please contact our bar manager, Alan Finnie at 086 3843190 and he will be more than happy to assist you.  

We also have our coffee shop “the Ruck” open at the weekends. This has been an excellent addition to our facilities and a great cup of coffee also. 
I have thoroughly enjoyed the first month of the season and I look forward to meeting and interacting with as many members as possible over the coming months.

C’mon the Black, Blue and Green 

Yours in rugby


Karl O’Neill

President