Presidents Christmas Message

Presidents Christmas Message

Happy Christmas to all members and friends of Seapoint Rugby Clu

We (and I) are at the mid-point in the season and what a season (both on and off the pitch) it has been so far, I hope that you are enjoying it as much as me. 

Off the Pitch Events

Friday 17th November – we hosted Ross O’Carroll Kelly again in the clubhouse, a great night of storytelling was had by all in what was a sell-out event. 

Saturday 2nd December – We had the official opening of our new clubhouse – new gym, new dressing rooms, external and an internal refurb (including “The Ruck” coffee shop). 

We welcomed the Spencer Cup winning team of 1973, the club’s first ever trophy.

In addition, we also had that day a Past Presidents get together. It was fantastic to see so many club legends (including Felix Jones) that day, it made for a very special occasion. 

To top it off we beat Monkstown (1st and 2nds) at home that day in the Leinster League. 

Friday 8th December – we had the coaches night with our guest Andrew Goodman providing his insights into his career to date, another great night

Sunday 10th December – whilst I was in La Rochelle supporting my province, the club had a special visitor in a Red Suit (with the white beard) which brought joy and happiness to a lot of younger members (and some older ones too)

Sunday 17th December – the visitor in Red Suit (with the white beard) returned for a special visit for our Dragons

On the Pitch (Senior Rugby)

1st XV have qualified for the Spencer Cup Final where they will play Monkstown later in the season. They have got off to a great start in the Leinster League currently head the standings by 3 points with 7 wins out of 8. After beating Westport in the 1st round and Newcastlewest in the ¼ final of the All Ireland Junior Cup, we unfortunately lost to Bective in the ½ final last Saturday. The next league (1st and 2nds) game is away to Suttonians on 13th January. All support welcome.

2nd XV won the the Jim Byrne Cup final in a cracking match against DLSP, this is a trophy we last won in 2003 so it was great to see Conor Montayne and his team bring in home. Their league campaign continues where they currently lie 3rd with 5 win and 1 draw out of 8.  

3rd XV have got off to a great start in the Metro 7 League currently heading the standings with 6 wins out of 6. They are away to BGF Ravens in their next league match on 13th January. All support welcome.

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)

The JP Fanagan 3 League campaign is up and running with the team lying 5th in table having won their last 3 games and they have a game in hand too. This is a young squad who are really starting to gel together as displayed in their closely fought win against Navan a couple of Sundays ago.  

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)

Despite the inclement weather, 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 large 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. 

A special thanks to our mini teams (boys and girls) who provided the guard of honour for the 1st XV in the last 4 home games. I want to thank the coaches for organising their groups for these games. It was great to see.

Volunteers

As I did last month and will continue to do every month, 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 all our players. 

There is a real buzz in the club at the moment and that is a reflection of the work that is being put in by so many people.

2024 Annual Dinner

Save the date – Saturday 11th May 2024. We plan to celebrate the club’s 90th Anniversary in style – more details in the New Year.

Final thoughts for 2023

As we approach the end of an interesting year both on and off the pitch, Christmas is a time for family, reflection and giving but always remember to look out for our fellow members who might need a little help at this of year, we are a community club and that is what makes this club great and will continue to do so. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the season and roll on 2024. 

C’mon the Black, Blue and Green 

Yours in Rugby,

Karl O’Neill 
President