The Mullingar side that overcame New Ross to secure promotion.

Mullingar secure gripping victory in U16 Leinster Cup clash

Mullingar 10 - Tullow 7

In a thrilling encounter at Shay Murtagh Park, Mullingar’s U16 team edged out Tullow with a 10-7 win on Saturday, February 17. Despite the wintry conditions, Mullingar displayed formidable skill and determination to claim victory in this second-round Leinster Cup game.

Renewing their rivalry from a league match three weeks prior, Mullingar were without several key players but still presented a strong line-up. Ethan Heitmuller's return from injury was a notable boost for the home team.

The match began with Tullow taking control, but Mullingar’s defence stood resilient. A penalty kick by Kian Campbell, following captain Ben Smith’s decision, put the home team ahead early on. This lead set the tone for the first half, with Mullingar dominating possession, backed by a strong set-piece performance.

Tullow’s defence held firm against Mullingar’s advances, keeping the scoreline tight. Heitmuller, back at full strength, demonstrated his defensive prowess with a crucial saving tackle just before the half-time whistle, leaving Mullingar with a narrow 3-0 lead.

The second half saw Tullow initially take the lead with a converted try. However, Mullingar’s resilience shone through as Heitmuller continued to thwart Tullow’s attempts and create opportunities for his team. A tactical chip kick from Campbell allowed Conor Casey to score, regaining the lead for Mullingar.

Despite a yellow card for Charlie Boyle, Mullingar’s defence remained stout, repelling Tullow’s intense attacks in the closing minutes. The final whistle blew to a chorus of cheers from the home supporters, with Mullingar emerging victorious.

The team now looks ahead to the quarter-final tie in Wicklow, bolstered by this gritty performance but also mindful of injuries to Brian O’Rourke and Tom O’Brien. Their swift recovery is hoped for as Mullingar prepares for another challenging league encounter.

Mullingar’s line-up showcased depth and talent, reflecting a team spirit that ultimately carried them to success in this nail-biting match.

Full-time score: Mullingar 10 - Tullow 7.

Great experience for U10 stars of the future

The under-10 girls' rugby team from Mullingar had a day to remember when they attended a Leinster Rugby match against Treviso at the RDS. It was a day filled with excitement and joy as, for many of the young players, it was their first experience of a live Leinster game. The occasion was made even sweeter by Leinster's impressive win, finishing the game with a score of 48-17 over Treviso.

The highlight of the week for the Mullingar girls was not just watching the match but having the opportunity to meet several Leinster rugby stars earlier in the week. This memorable encounter took place during a live training session that Leinster held at Mullingar Rugby Club, providing the girls with inspiration and heroes to look up to.

Despite concerns about the weather, the day was largely unaffected by the rain, ensuring that the girls and their supporters enjoyed the match to the fullest. The logistical effort to make this day happen was significant, with 10 buses transporting the enthusiastic young fans from Mullingar to the venue, underscoring the community's strong support for its youth and sports programmes.

Adding to the day's enjoyment was a visit to Supermac's on the way home, a treat that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The outing was supported by a dedicated group of parents and coaches, whose efforts made the entire experience possible.

Their commitment to nurturing the girls' passion for rugby and team spirit is truly commendable.

The Mullingar Rugby Club is deeply appreciative of everyone who contributed to making the trip a success. It was a great day out that will be remembered fondly, and the club looks forward to returning to training next Saturday with renewed enthusiasm and dedication.

This event not only provided the girls with a fun and exciting day but also reinforced the values of teamwork, perseverance, and sportsmanship, essential qualities both on and off the pitch.

U13 side overcome Blessington

Mullingar Rugby Football Club's Under-13 team showcased their skills and determination by securing a commendable victory over Blessington.

The match concluded with a final score of 27-14 in favour of Mullingar, highlighting the team's cohesive play and strategic prowess on the field.

This win adds to the team's impressive season, underlining their growth and potential. The club looks forward to building on this success and continuing to develop the talents of its young players. The support and enthusiasm of the community have been instrumental in their journey, and Mullingar RFC extends its gratitude to all who cheer them on.