Longford RFC News 011018   01/10/2018

Senior Men

Longford Senior Men continued their unbeaten start to the season with a four try bonus point win versus a tough Carlow side in CPL Park yesterday. Kieran O’Gorman, Dylan Quinn, Neal Farrell and Shane Rodgers scored Longford’s tries.  The Early XV lost out to a big Carlow side even after outscoring them two tries to one by virtue of Carlow kicking three penalties.  The Early XV is an evolving side who feature a lot of last year’s U18 side and will undoubtedly improve as they train and play together.

There are no Senior Men’s matches this weekend.  Longford then embark on two away match block in Dublin v Monkstown and DLSP.

Upcoming Fixtures:

Sunday October 14th Leinster League Monkstown (Away).

Sunday October 21st Leinster League DLSP (Away).

Early Side KO 1.30 PM Late Side KO 3PM.

Sunday November 4th Leinster League Tullow (Home).

Early Side KO 1 PM Late Side KO 2.30 PM.

Longford Woman

The Warriors train every Tuesday and Friday night at 7.30 PM.  New players of all fitness levels are welcome, even if you have not played before.  Contact Nuala on 082482005.

Sunday October 14th Leinster League Greystones (Away)

Sunday October 21st Leinster League Naas (Away)

Sunday November 4th Leinster League CYM (Home)

Longford Mini/Youths

Match Reports

There was only one game this weekend with the U17s taking on Roscrea in the Midland League.


Longford U17s played Roscrea in their first Midland League game of the season.  Unfortunately, Roscrea emerged victorious, however it is only the start of the season and the team will undoubtedly improve with more matches and training.


We have a very busy schedule of fixtures next weekend along with a trip to Aviva Stadium on Saturday.


U15s v Mullingar (Away)


U18 v Tullamore (Home)

U17 v Wexford (Home)

U7&U8 Mullingar (Away)

U11&U12 Tullamore (Away)


U14 v Suttonians (Home)


Longford RFC field teams at Youth level from U6 to U18. Training and coaching information can be found below.

Gerry Carthy is Minis/Youths Chair. We are always looking for more coaches, managers, referees, administrators or helpers. If you can help out for even a few hours or make sandwiches for a game or have an ideas/concerns please contact Gerry on; 086-8046857.


Longford Youths are back training at all levels.  New players are welcome at all age levels.  There is no better time to start with the Rugby World Cup looming large on the horizon next November.

Training times and Fixtures can be found on www.longfordrugby.com or at https://goo.gl/qAVBPv

New players are welcome at all age levels – just come to the club on the relevant training night or contact the coach above for details. Don’t worry about not having played before – we have the coaching staff to teach the basics to any player. Jimmy Murphy is the Youth’s Co-ordinator and can be contacted at 086 2555621.

Minis (U6-U12)

Our future Leinster and Ireland stars train every Sunday at 10.30 am.  New players are very welcome, we have a comprehensive team of trained coaches. Just remember to bring a gum shield and a bottle of water along with your training gear.  Two new innovations for the coming season are that we have a new state of the art 4G training area, which are suitable for contact sports along with Girls Training from U8-U12. 

Padraig Murphy is the Mini’s Co-ordinator and can be contacted at 086 2526741 or prgm@me.com

Please make sure to have membership paid in order to take part in games and make sure that your details are on the text list.

Club News

Mel Diffley 4G Pitch Opening

The Official Opening of the Mel Diffley Memorial 4G Pitch took place yesterday after the Senior Men’s matches.  A large crowd gathered straight after the match including Mel’s Wife Ann and sons; Alan, Mark and Paul and Mel’s brothers.  Guest of honour along with Diffley’s was the President of the Leinster Branch Lorcan Balfe who performed the official opening along with Ann.

Fr O’Sullivan conducted a blessing along with speeches in remembrance of Mel by Paul Trueick, Mike Magan, Paschal Diffley and Paul Diffley.

The Clubs U12s played a match on the newly opened pitch.

A full report will be in next week’s paper.

The pitch is suitable for contact sports like rugby as it had a built in shock absorption layer.  It is a big asset to the club especially for training through the winter months.  There are plans to eventually extend the pitch to full match size in the upcoming years.

All members and friends are invited to attend.

The pitch is also available for rental and is now fully flood light, contact Damian Curley on 0862757103 to book.

Trip to Aviva Stadium to Watch Leinster v Munster

We have a massive 200 young fans from our Mini/Youth Section travelling to the Aviva Stadium to watch the Boys in Blue take on Munster.  It is the first of many similar trips which take place for the club’s players this season.  Match tickets can be collected on the bus, if wants them sooner ring Padraig on 0862526741.  The buses leave at 2 PM.

The Mini/Youths Boot Room

The innovative boot room allows Mini/Youths players to swap boots as they grow.  There are a number of high quality boots already donated.  If you are looking for boots or have boots to donate contact Gerry Carthy or Padraig Murphy.

Great Food/Events at Longford RFC

The Sin Bin at Longford RFC serves great quality and value food on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 12-3 and 12-7 on Saturday and Sunday.  Booking for events such as birthdays, christening, confirmations, communions, weddings and funerals are available.

The Sin Bin also shows all Irish rugby/Leinster/Munster matches live.

Why not rent our new 4G pitch along with food in the Sin Bin for your birthday party or event?  The pitch has built in shock absorption so a perfect surface for kids activities.

For bookings and information phone Kris on 0872872357.


Membership is not due at all levels of the club from Minis to Senior.  It is a vital source of revenue to help pay for our great facilities.  Matt Hanley is collecting Senior Membership while Padraig Murphy is collecting Youths Membership.

Due to new GDPR regulations, all members including life members need to fill in consent forms.

They can be downloaded from the website.


The Club are looking to appoint a Volunteer Photographer to take pictures or Senior Games and events which will be featured on the Club Website, Longford Leader and Shannonside.  If you can help out please contact, Club PRO, Tommy Butler, 0863143968

Woman’s Match Correspondent

The Woman’s Team are looking for a correspondent who will do match reports for them.  All that is required is half a page on each match.  Club Website, Longford Leader and Shannonside.  If you can help out please contact, Club PRO, Tommy Butler, 0863143968.

Captain Neal Farrell with Mascots Bonnie and Mitch Clark before the match

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