Captain’s Message

Welcome to the Clondalkin Women’s Rugby Team – also known as the Clonettes.

clon_1473334985109As I enter into my 6th season as a player within Clondalkin RFC, it is my absolute privilege to take up the Captaincy of this team which has a reputation as one of the friendliest teams in the Leinster Women’s League. This is a reputation we are eager to retain, particularly in a Club that has at its core respect for all Players, Coaches and Referees both home and away. The Clonettes particularly pride ourselves on being a welcoming group of players that strive to encourage participation of players of all abilities and we are always open to new joiners. If you think rugby might be for you, come and give it a try.

Last season saw some significant changes in terms of our coaching and the overall Leinster League structure which presented some challenge for us. Despite this, we have remained steadfast as a unit and our success in attracting and retaining players of varying experience means we now have a bolstered squad. We are also seeing the direct benefit of having underage girls programs (U-15’s & U-18’s) at the Club. We are grateful to coaches, Una and Ailbhe, for their work with the U-18’s girls in particular and in assisting in their successful transition to senior level.

So as we face into the 2016/2017 rugby season, it is with the hope of developing further both as players and a team and with a solid focus on playing the very best rugby that we can, while enjoying one of the best team sports in the world. I would also like to thank everyone that has shown their support at matches and beyond throughout the seasons. We hope to see you on the side line again.

Finally, I would like to wish all the Clondalkin RFC teams and every player that pulls on the yellow jersey the very best of luck for the season.

Yours,
AnneMarie Whelan
Captain 2016/2017

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