Railway U18s Retain Umbrella 7s

Pictured: Railway U18s at Umbrella 7s (image supplied by Railway).

Pictured: Railway U18s at Umbrella 7s (image supplied by Railway).

As always at Railway, there is plenty of action on the pitch at this time of year. With the season drawing to a close, most of the league action is over. All teams are in the middle of cup campaigns with quarter finals, semi-finals and finals all taking place and there’s plenty of rugby over the next month across the Men’s, Women’s and age-grade teams.

Railway’s Under 15s and Under 18s girls took part in the Umbrella 7s tournament in Terenure on Saturday 15th March. The Umbrella 7s is an annual tournament run by the Umbrella Foundation, a non-profit NGO, working to alleviate the impact of trafficking, poverty and war on children and their families in Nepal. The U18s were reigning champions and they retained their title, with the Under 15s being beaten in the final by a try count-back.

As part of the club’s charity initiatives, 60 Railway members signed up and took part in the Sandymount Night Run on Tuesday 3rd March. This was to raise further funds for the Umbrella Foundation and the event organiser Eoin Ryan kindly donated €10 of each Railway participant’s entrance fee to the Umbrella Foundation. Railway Legend’s Jack Walsh took first place in the 10k in 43.50 minutes (and 24th overall) whilst the U18s Hannah Hegarty took the 5k in 23.06 (15th overall).

The 3rd annual Great Railway Bake Off took place in the clubhouse afterwards, with all sales going to the Umbrella Foundation too. As always, it was a battle of the sexes. Conor Lequerica, James Fisher, Philly Walsh and Simon Dodd represented the men, while Kate Hegarty, Cliodhna Moloney, Carol Bagnall and Fiona Spillane made up the women’s team.

The judging panel was comprised of Helen Kennedy, Marie Daly and Cariosa Kearns from Railway tennis, and they were ably assisted by Men’s coach Andy Adams. For the first time, the men claimed victory, with Simon Dodd taking first place with his rugby pitch inspired cake.

A great night was had by all and much-needed funds were raised for the Umbrella Foundation.

Railway Hockey u16s

Railway Union Under-16 Hockey team who won the Leinster Junior Jacqui Potter Cup on St. Patrick’s day beating Corinthian HC in the final at Grange Road.

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Squad: Laura Page, Kate Orr, Niamh Shaw, Niamh Carey, Michelle Carey, Lily Lloyd, Nina Heisterkamp, Claudia Coyne, Jodi Douglas, Grace McLoughlin, Maggie Fehily, Emer Vaughan, Sarah Lavelle, Ruby Neville, Katie Fearon and Isobel O’Grady.
The team was coached by Una McCarthy and Margaret Shaw was the manager.

By Kirstin Smith