9 Dec, 12:44
Munster Rugby and IRFU Referee Department have just completed their very successful joint venture to find the next generation of referees in schools within the Limerick area.
Married to local girl Mary, Willie has extended his commitment to the club by assuming the role of Head Coach for season 2013/14 and is confident his players will be well prepared for the season ahead.
Having narrowly missed out on promotion to Division 2 last season, Shubart is eager to put that disappointment behind the squad and says the club’s focus is to retain playing numbers and continue to build from last season’s success.
“I’m really looking forward to the season ahead and I am honoured to be given this opportunity. This year we have entered a second team (J3 League) to help bridge the gap from youth rugby into the adult game. This has helped in retaining some of our younger players and has also attracted some back to the club. We’ve already seen a great turn out to our pre season sessions which has brought a positive atmosphere amongst the players and around the club. Our challenge is to keep the numbers training especially into the winter months”.
Supporting Shubart in the Team Manager role is German native Joerg Peetz. Joerg developed a keen interest in rugby in 2008 off the back of Munster’s Heineken Cup success and joined local club Balincollig RFC at the end of the following season. He played with the club’s third team and progressed to the seconds in season 2011/2012.
Following his playing career Joerg went on to become an Assistant Manager and Coach for the first team and was awarded “Club Person of the Year” for his contributions to the club.
This summer Joerg coordinated the successful IRFU Volkswagen Tag League at Ballincollig RFC which saw over 20 teams participating and believes it has encouraged men and women to take up rugby or indeed return to the game at adult level.
“Tag Rugby is a great entry into the sport of rugby and a brilliant socializing event. I am an example on how you can progress from not knowing rugby at all to playing tag rugby and then wanting to go on and play full contact rugby. We actually see more and more players going down that route which is a great way to grow the game.”
“We are constantly looking to recruit players from all ages and welcome anybody who is looking to join up. Since I took up the sport I have never looked back and would encourage anybody to give it a go.”
Ballincollig RFC was founded in 1978 however it wasn’t until 1993 when the club secured its own home grounds at Tanner Park and later officially opened their clubhouse on 19th September 1998. The club has made huge strides since its formation and with a recent burst of growth in the town’s population it now caters for over 200 players every Saturday in its mini section. As well as two men’s senior teams competing in the Junior 1 Division 3 and J3 league Ballincollig also fields a women’s team competing in the Junior 2 division.
Ballincollig RFC Officers
President: Tim Murphy
Honorary Secretary: Trevor Dineeen
Treasurer: Tony Lancaster
Fixtures Secretary: Donal Kennedy
PRO: John O’Brien
2009 Promoted to Division 1 League
2009 Junior Bowl
2009 Dave Dineen Cup
2009 Dennehy Cup
2009 J3 League and J3 Cup
2009 McCarthy Cup
2010 J3 League
2011 J3 League and J3 Cup
2009 All Ireland Division II Winners
2009 All Ireland Bowl