Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Junior Rugby: Donegal project up and away

Tomorrow marks the launch of the Donegal Community Rugby in Ballybofey and Stanorlar.

The project has been a year in the making and is an extremely positive step for the development of rugby in the county. It aims to establish a quality structure that provides a pathway and opportunity for the playing of rugby football at all levels within the Donegal area. The DCRP brings together the four rugby clubs in the region, the schools and the local community, providing opportunities for people in the county to be positively involved in the growth of rugby in their community.

As a result of the project there are now three Development Officers working in the area compared to just one in previous years. Jonathan Llewhellin who has been the Development Officer for Donegal for the past three years will become the Community Rugby Development Officer (Donegal) and be assisted by Youth Development Officers Shane O'Neill and Declan Bushell who came into post in August this year.

The purpose of these appointments is to introduce the game to more national and secondary schools in Donegal, to develop a programme of rugby related events and to enhance the club-school links within the county.

"I am delighted to be associated with this project which I believe will not only sustain the work of the four clubs in Donegal: Inishowen RFC, Letterkenny RFC, Donegal Town RFC and Ballyshannon RFC, but also create new rugby playing opportunities for schools and the general community in the County," commented Ulster Branch President David Workman.

Meanwhile Cooke enjoyed an empathic 52-0 win at Dromore with captain, Johnny Keith scoring the opening try.

Dromore lock Bronte, was yellow-carded for killing the ball. Cooke took advantage immediately, working into the Dromore 22. Picking up a Dromore goal-line clearance Montgomery took the ball up his wing and linked inside to centre Aiono who scored under the posts for a converted try

Cooke out half Koki, broke from close to his own try line to run the length of the pitch before popping the ball to full-back Beggs who added an unconverted try.

Aiono went over for his second try to seal the bonus point before half time.

Beggs raced over for two intercept tries after the restart with Dawson and Keith's second completed the rout.

Limavady gained a much needed win as they made home advantage count against Omagh.

The Roesiders fought back from a poor start to run out 27-10 victors.

Omagh took the lead with a penalty in the 15th minute from their Kiwi skipper Greg Jordan.

Peter Todd went over from a rolling maul to extend the visitors lead before the home side sprung into action.

On the half hour Aaron Brolly reduced the lead with a penalty and within minutes the sides were level when Eddie McLaughlin scored after a sweeping attack and Brolly's conversion levelled the half time scores.

Alan Kilburn gave Limavady the lead after good work from the pack. Brolley converted and added a penalty before captain Ian Campbell went over.

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