An Update from DoR Norman Byrne

An Update from DoR Norman Byrne

(23 Dec 2019)

It’s that time of year when we all take stock of some things in our lives, and it’s no different for us in Salmo.

The mid-season "holiday" commenced in earnest yesterday when we had our annual Club Santa Day (he arrived in style this year!) and the fabulous yearly match between our Eagles and the "Rest Of" group. Once again, the Eagles ran out resounding winners in a 99-all draw!

Now we take a short break when everyone gets to spend some welcome time with their "other" family (aside from the Salmo Family, that is!)

In terms of the season so far, it has been one of mixed fortunes from a whole-club perspective. The senior squad has had a difficult first half, and face an uphill battle to remain in LL1B. This is a young group of players, doing their best for the club, but facing a lot of grizzled and physically bigger teams in this division. I’ve no doubt whatsoever that the entire group - coaches, management, and players - will continue to give their all in the new year, and rest assured that no-one is throwing in the towel... far from it, the lads will be training over the holiday season and will be ready to battle once the matches recommence in early January.

The Metro 7 team (the club's second adult team) has been doing well and remains in a position to challenge for the league title in that division. They also recommence league action in the early new year, when a couple of wins will see them fully in contention to reach the playoffs, and they are very focused on that goal.

On the younger side of the house, the Under 20s group has had an excellent season to date and sit nicely atop their League section, unbeaten in the competition so far. They are a diligent and committed bunch, who - like their club colleagues in the senior and M7 groups - love representing DLSP. Similarly, they are determined to go on and win that league competition, and will be training over the holiday period to ensure they maintain their high performance levels once the season recommences.

Within our Mini Youth section, we are very proud to be fielding 14 different teams at 13 age grades, from our Daisy Pickers (U5) all the way through to our U18.5s. This is an incredible achievement, and huge credit is due to all those volunteers right across that Mini Youth spectrum who work so hard to get almost 400 players out playing for Salmo every weekend.

Of particular note this season are the amalgamations we have entered into with other clubs at U14 and U16 level, which has ensured that the DLSP players who may not otherwise have played this season, have been able to continue playing club rugby. A great initiative and one which I am sure we will see more of over the coming years, as player numbers at older age grades remain challenged.

Our oldest Mini team, the U12s, did us proud on the RDS field last weekend too, when they played at halftime in the Leinster match.  Each and all of the Mini Youth teams have had great seasons so far, with loads more rugby to come.

Our Ladies and Girls teams have had smashing seasons to date also, and the efforts of everyone involved with these groups to grow the profile of the club is fantastic to see. This is an area of our club that we would particularly like to expand further, so anyone reading this who knows someone who might be interested, please get them in touch.

Our Touch and Tag friends and colleagues continue to work their magic too, with great numbers of players across the age (and fitness!) spectrums coming up every week to play. Finally on the playing summary for now, our incredible Eagles remain the barometer for everyone, enjoying every minute of every game they play - and drawing every single game without fail!  Our Hawks mixed-ability group is still at a fairly embryonic stage but will no doubt soon be flying too (sorry!).

I hope that this gives you a flavour of all that is happening in this amazing club of ours. More particularly, I hope that it emphasises the fundamental nature of De La Salle Palmerston FC: a community, family, all-inclusive club that provides a fun, safe environment for anyone and everyone who wants to participate in some way in the unique sport of rugby.

May I take the opportunity on behalf of all of us in the Salmo Family, to wish all of you and your families a happy and healthy Christmas, and every good wish for 2020. I look forward to seeing you all in Kirwan Park in the New Year.

#wearesalmo #salmofamily

Norman Byrne
Director of Rugby

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