Mini Rugby

Kanturk RFC Mini Rugby 2018/2019 Season


Dear all,

Welcome back to another season of mini rugby at Kanturk RFC. Last season was a full calendar of festivals and events starting with the Torc Oc U9s tournament at the club which was a huge achievement for the club and one we intent to maintain this season.

This season has started with the Munster Branch run summer camp at the club at the end of August and it was very exciting to see so many new members at registration on Sunday the 9th September.

The coaching crew has been strengthened significantly with the arrival of 4 new coaches Willie John and Pat at U7s, Mike at U10s and of course the return of Barry that will also join the U7s. The mini group will do everything we can to make your mini rugby experience the best is can possible be.

Wishing you all an enjoyable start to the season and a long season of fun a wonderful memories.

Kind regards,

Jim Geary

Kanturk RFC Mini Rugby coordinator

086 0881787




We welcome all boys and girls from the age of 6 years onwards.

The following are the age groups for mini rugby.

Age groups2018/2019
Under 7Born in 2012
Under 8Born in 2011
Under 9Born in 2010
Under 10Born in 2009
Under 11Born in 2008
Under 12Born in 2007


Player welfare:

The club takes player welfare very seriously and all coaches are Garda vetted in line with IRFU requirements. All coaches are trained by Munster Branch on coaching methods including safety for child welfare. The club ensures that at least one person who has completed the IRFU Safe Rugby programme is present during training and blitzes. For all interested parents, the club will be arranging the next Safe Rugby training programme in the near future. You can contact your child’s coach for more details.

The club’s child welfare officer, ensures that these protocols are adhered to by the club in conjunction with our mini rugby directorate.

Please see IRFU “parent and guardian” pages for more information:

For any concerns, please contact Jim Geary, 086 0881787.


Starting in the 9th September training is every Sunday at 10:00 at Kanturk RFC. This will switch to Saturdays at 10am from 3rd November until mid April.

The club has secured the use of the Banteer indoor AstroTurf facility for the months of December and January so that we can keep some of our younger players dry and warm through the colder winter period.

Your head coach will text you regularly to ensure it is clear when and where training is taking place.

Blitz fixtures for the 2017/2018 season: The head coaches will inform players on a weekly basis of all fixtures.

Equipment required:

Each child is required to have the following equipment to play mini rugby at the club:

  • Gum shield
  • Boots
  • Warm training gear (gloves and hats are recommended in colder weather)
  • White shorts and green socks for fixtures

Tops with hoods are forbidden for training and fixtures in the interest of child welfare. Sports glasses are not recommended by the IRFU and the club adheres to this protocol.

The mini rugby directorate will arrange for sportswear supplier Impact Rugby Ireland to visit the club in October so you have the option to purchase any training gear that is needed for the season ahead. The club has secured a favourable rate with Impact Rugby Ireland to make the cost of gear as reasonable as possible.

Parents’/guardians’ involvement in the club – always welcome:

All those involved in mini rugby at the club are volunteers and the mini rugby directorate is always looking for any parents or guardians who are willing to help. This includes organising teas and coffees in the club house on training and at-home blitz days, as well as help on blitz days away etc. This is your and your child’s club and we rely on your support and help to maximise the mini rugby experience for your child.

Any suggestions you may have on helping our mini rugby family to improve and expand are always appreciated.

We would be delighted if you are willing to help out in any capacity or have any suggestions for improvement, please contact Jim Geary on 086 0881787.

More information on Mini Rugby:

Please consult the IRFU mini website for additional information:

Kanturk RFC mini rugby coaches and contact numbers for the 2017/2018 season:

Mini Rugby Co-ordinatorJim
Age GroupCoachPhoneEmail
U7 (Born 2012)Barry Sherlock (head coach)083
Pat O Reilly
Willie John
U8 (Born 2011)Jim Geary (head coach)
Lisa Matassa
U9 (Born 2010)Tom Horgan086
Mark Daly
Jason Thompson
Mark Brosnan
U10 (Born 2009)Mick Dillon (Head Coach)087 247
Mike Enright
Daryl O’Toole
U11 (Born 2008)Michael Desmond (Head Coach)087 700
Ethan Desmond
Noel Harrington
U12 (Born 2007)Richard
Donogh Raftery
U10 to U12 girlsElaine Buckley (Head Coach)083-
Anthony Linehan
Brian Herbst

Aidan Lehane