Minis Rugby - Mini

This is the U10 section of Skibbereen RFC website and it is here we will hope to record all the activities of the section.

February 2012

Skibbereen under 10 rugby team first match with new kit and Munster coach visiting:






















































Saturday 26th November 2011

Sat. 26th Nov Skibb u10's v Bandon

venue Oldchapel Bandon


Team 1: Asa Curran, Mathew Brosnan,Joseph Griffiths,Dylan Young,David Regan,Jacob Coughlan,Mathew Sheehan,Fionn McDonnell,Daire Kavanagh.

Team 2: Jack Crowley, Adam O Regan, Conor O Neill, Brian Stout, Liam Hodnett, Blake Hayley, Tiarnan Collins, Ben Ronan, James  McNulty.


Results  Skibb team 1  v  Bandon team 1 : score 2 - 3

Skibb team 2  v  Bandon team 2 : score 3 - 3

Skibb team 1  v  Bandon team 2 : score 3 - 5

Skibb team 2  v  Bandon team 1 : score 2 - 5


On Sat the 26th Nov 18 Skibb u10 players travelled to Bandon for games against a very large number of Bandon u10s (32 players).As the results show the games did'nt go our way it was still a very good learning experience for our players as Bandon training twice a week were very well drilled in all aspects of play , all the Skibb players had to play a full 40 mins of rugby over 2 games where as  Bandon had the luxury of bringing on fresh legs as they wished. Every Skibb player played with great determination right to the very end & at no time dropped their heads even when the games were going against them.

We showed some very good running, rucking and mauling our one weakness was our tackling and you know what they say, "a team that tackles never loses"

Hopefully with the Munster Coaches coming down to training next Sat we will get a chance to improve our tackling.


Kieran, Richard, Walter.

Saturday 12th November 2011

Skibb. u10's v Bantry

 On another lovely Sat. morning for rugby  skibb. u10's took on near neighbours Bantry in a local darby.skibb.without some of their regular stronger players took to the pitch with great determination & got stuck in from the very begining,both teams playing 12 aside really gave it all with Bantry scoring 1st, this was soon cancelled out with a great team effort and Liam Hodnett getting the touch down.  Soon afterwards Matthew Sheehan got a second score for Skibb to leave the half time score at 2 to 1.  the second half continued with the same intensity Bantry getting 2 scores and Liam Hodnett getting another score for Skibb to finish the game at 3 all.

 It was great to see all the skibb players playing so well without the stronger players and just shows how much the whole team has improved this season. This was a very physical, tough game with a few walking wounded at the end but still enjoyed by all.

 Next week we hit the road after a nice run of home games with a long trip to Mitchelstown for a blitz with Mitchelstown and Kinsale.

 Team;- Asa Curran, Brian Stout,Conor O Neill, Dylan Young, Tiernan Collins, Joseph Griffiths, Adam O Regan, Jacob Coughlan, Daire Coughlan, Liam Hodnett, James McNulty, Blake Haley, Finin Barrett, Matthew Sheehan, Donna Hutchinson.


Kieran, Richard & Walter.

Saturday 5th November 2011

What a great morning for rugby ,sun shining & blue skies & with 18 Skibb u10 players on the pitch all playing 40 minutes of rugby what a great morning of rugby.

 Skibb fielded 2 u10 teams on sat v Clon

Team 1:- Asa Curran, Conor O Neil,Brian Stout,Adam O Regan,Donnagh Hutchinson,Blake Haley,Tiernan Collins,Jack Murphy,Fionn O Driscoll.

Team 2:-Dylan Young,Joseph Griffin,Mathew Brosnan,Jack Crowley, Matthew Sheehan, David Regan, Liam Hodnett, Jacob Coughlan, James McNulty.


Team 1:-  Clonakilty started with tip off and skibb got straight in to action leading by 3 scores to 1 at half time.  In the second half Skibb continued

their form running in 3 more tries finishing at 6 tries to 2.  Overall this was a much improved performance of rucking and mauling by Skibb especially with 3 new players playing with this team.

 Team 2:- Started poorly allowing Clon a very early try.  This seemed to kick start the Skibb team in to some great rugby with excellent rucking and counter rucking

and very quickly the Skibb team started to get on top and the scores followed leading 3 to 1 at half time.  In  the second half Skibb's rucking was not as good but we still managed to score 2 tries - final score 5 to 1.

 After these two games we mixed up the teams a bit and played 2 more matches with Clon and Skibb winning 1 each.

 All matches were played in a very clean and sporting manner by all players.

Saturday 22nd October 2011

Skibbereen under 10s played Sunday's Well first on Saturday 22nd Oct in very wet cold and muddy conditions. These conditions seemed to affect Skibbereen’s play in the first half as we left in two easy tries due to poor tackling and rucking.  The second half with the wind and rain to our backs a much more determined Skibbereen team took the field and were very quickly rewarded with a try by Liam Hodnett and after more sustained pressure got a try by Jack Crowley.  This led to a draw in the match which was a very fair result on the day.

 Our second match was against Tralee and Skibbereen played very well from the beginning and quickly ran up a 5 try lead due to some great team play under poor conditions. Tralee got a late try to leave the final score at 5 - 1.

 This was an excellent performance by the panel of 18 players - with all involved on the day.

 Panel:- Asa Curran, David Regan, Dylan Young, Brian Stout, Jack Crowley, Matthew Brosnan, Conor O’ Neill Adam O’Regan, Jacob Coughlan, Daire Kavanagh, Liam Hodnett, James McNulty, Blake Haley, Finin Barrett, Matthew Sheehan, Donna Hutchinson, Jack Murphy, Fionn O Driscoll

 Regards     Walter.
























12th. February 2011

Here are the results of today's mini rugby in Clonakilty.  We played a strong looking Muskerry outfit in our first game on a very sticky pitch,but it soon became obvious that our boys were more than a step ahead in terms of rugby ability. Displaying a great team work ethic they were on top from start to finish winning by 6 tries to 2.

After a short break they took on the home side and quickly got into their stride gaining the upper hand and despite slacking off for a period ran out winners 8 tries to nil.

These lads have shown great improvement as the season has gone on with a good attitude training but must continue to work hard to progress.Today's panel, Jordie O'Brien,Liam O'Farrell,Neil Cronin,Sam Burchell,Ruben O'Regan,Darren Daly,Finn O'Donovan,Patrick O'Brien,Kieth Whelton,Adam Fanning,Gavin Cronin,Tadhg Hickey,Kealan Stott and Jack Lynch.




19th. February 2011 

 In a return fixture this week we welcomed Clon to the Brothers field. Conditions were perfect  and our boys were again quick to get on top notching  up a few early tries. However Clon were in no mood to be rolled  over this week really getting in amongst our lads. This seemed to disrupt our teamwork and but for a few good individual performances this could have been a much closer contest. Final score Skibb 10 Clon 1.

Back to the hard graft of training again next week.

Panel, Neil Cronin,Liam O'Farrell,Jordi O'Brien,Darren Daly,Sam Burchill,Tadhg Hickey,John O'Driscoll,Gavin Cronin,Patrick O'Brien,Jack Lynch,Shane Cotter,Fin O'Donovan,Colm Deasy,Oisin Lucey,Michael Veale.


 Paul O'F.

5th March 2011 

This week we made the long journey across the county bounds to take on the Kerry boys knowing that we were going to be severely tested, and we weren't disappointed as Tralee had a big panel well in excess of 20 players togged out.Their starting 10 contained alot of very big boys who made most of our lads look like under 8's,however undaunted the lads got stuck right in and opened the scoring with a well worked try. Tralee came straight back and after a spell of pressure got  in for an equaliser.This trend continued  as again the lads took the lead only for the home side to level but with the intreval whistle approaching our lads broke through for a  good score which was a huge boost after a tough 15 mins of rugby.

For the second period Tralee had a new 10 starting which worked against them as our lads now battle hardened quickly took the initiative and ran in 3 good tries. Fearing the worst the home side reintroduced the big guns and both sides added a try each before the second interval.

The final third saw a real battle as tralee fought to salvage some pride and our lads fighting to maintain their advantage but no further scores were added leaving it Skibb 7 Tralee 3 at the final whistle.

This was a fine hard sporting contest with some very good passages of play and will hopefully stand to the lads as the season goes on.

The boys then tried their hand at a different sport and had a great time at Buddies bowling alley Tralee.

A special  word of thanks to those who drove.

Panel; Neil Cronin,Liam O'Farrell,Jordi O'Brien,Darren Daly,Sam Burchell,Tadhg Hickey,Michael Veale,Shane Cotter,Jack Lynch,Keelan Stott,Killian O'Sullivan,Patrick O'Brien,Reuben O'Regan,

Paul O'F


19th March 2011

Last Saturday we welcomed our near neighbours Dunmanway on a fine morning for a game, and what a tough game ensued.  The first third saw the visitors slow to settle and our boys took full advantage to scorch into a four try lead with Dunmanway pulling one back just before the interval.

Inexplicably the second period saw our boys completely loose their way and Dunmanway playing most of the rugby and they outscored our boys two tries to one leaving it five tries to three at the break.

The final third saw a good even contest but our lads regained a bit of composure and closed out the game by scoring a further three tries.  Final score Skibbereen 8 Dunmanway 3.  Our boys need to make a bigger effort inputting their training ground drills and skills into practise during these games and credit to Dunmanway who showed plenty of ability and had some good players on view.

 Tadhg Hickey,Michael Veale,Niell Cronin,Liam O'Farrell,Ruben O'Regan,Jordi O'Brien,Sam Burchill,Darren Daly,Keelan Stott,Killian O'Sullivan,Keith Welton,Jack Lynch,Adam Fanning,Finn O'Donovan,Gavin Cronin,Shane Cotter



26th March 2011














Last Saturday saw our lads make another trip to Templehill to face two teams they had already crossed swords with earlier this season.First up was Cork Con A which wasn't ideal as facing the toughest opposition immediately after a long bus journey was a big test.  Despite losing by 3 trys our lads gave a good account of themselves once they got going and but for a few errors and decisions the outcome could have been different.  Cork Con A 3,Skibb 0

 Second up was Cork Con B and this was an immediate chance for redemption and with the boys now fully up to pace they made light work of the opposition to win by 5 trys.  Skibb 5,Cork Con B 0.

 Finally they faced the biggest team of the day in Sundays Well and indeed the Well started well with the first try,but once our lads levelled matters with a good try the Well boys were beginning to tire and our boys were upping the pace and ran in a further four scores before the final whistle.  Skibb 5,Sundays Well 1.

Afterwards our hosts kindly treated all teams to a fine spread of sandwiches  and refreshments.

Panel; Sam Burchell,Liam O'Farrell,Niell Cronin,Jordi O'Brien,Darren Daly,Michael Veale,Tadhg Hickey,Jack Lynch,Shane Cotter,Gavin Cronin,Killian O'Sullivan,Keelan Stott,Patrick O'Brien.

2nd April 2011

Saturday saw our boys visit Bandon for the second time this season and after a good earlier victory over this opposition the tables were turned on this occasion. Bandon with some new faces in their ranks were really up for this one and were well prepared to go to any length for the win. Their tackling and teamwork was ,a notch above our boys who just couldn't get into the game despite their best efforts. Final score Bandon 4 Skibb 0.

Panel; Michael Veale, Neil Cronin, Tadhg Hickey, Liam O Farrell,Shane Cotter,Jordi O Brien,Sam Burchell,Darren Daly,Jack Lynch,Keelan Stott,Keith Whelton,Killian O Sullivan,Reuben O Regan,John O Driscoll,Patrick O Brien,Fin O Donovan,Gavin Cronin,Adam Fanning.


9th April 2011

Last Saturday brought an end to our playing season with both under 10 and 11 panels making the long journey to Mitchelstown.  This was our best turn out of the seasons with 19 players available and each one getting plenty game time as we played over four periods.  It was a highly entertaining open game played in a very sporting manner with our lads coming out on top by a few tries.

Afterwards our hosts treated everyone to  much appreciated sandwiches,baking and refreshments.  Following this it was on to Kilfinnane where the boys had a fantastic afternoon in the river walk and wall climbing/absailing,not to mention a very serious basketball face off between children and parents,with parents thankfully saving face for now.












Special thanks to all parents who came along and helped out on the day and throughout the year. Special thanks to all the players for their honest hard working efforts through out the season and these efforts were reflected in their results with very few losses recorded.  Finally on behalf of all the U10 panel and mentors a big thank you to Mags Coombes who makes it all happen for players and parents alike throughout the season.


Editor: And a special thanks to you Paul for your reports throughout the season.