The James Keating Memorial Mini Rugby festival was held on the 29th October Bank Holiday Monday at Kilballyowen Park.
This year we had a total of 15 teams who participated in the highly regarded Under 12 Mini Rugby festival. The Keating Cup Final was between Kanturk RFC and Newcastlewest RFC where a strong Kanturk team won out in the end on a score line of 6 – 2. The Keating Cup Final was refereed by John Lacey who did an excellent job on the day. The result meant that the Keating Cup headed away from Kilballyowen for the first time in five years.
The Kilballyowen Perpetual Shield was contested by Bruff Bears and Mallow RFC. The Shield final was a very entertaining game refereed by Andy Brace who gave both teams good advice and instruction though out the match. When the final whistle blew the Bruff Bears were victorious on a score line of 4 – 2 to the delight of the Bruff supporters.
The Impact Rugby Perpetual Shield was won on the day by Cashel RFC where the game was refereed by George Clancy.
A special word of thanks to all the helpers on the day, the Keating family & friends who looked after and provided hot food for each of the teams that participated. The Ladies Committee who as usual did an excellent job in running the tuck shop and the bar staff who kept everyone refreshed. Thanks also to the pitch co-ordinators and to those who looked after the car park and made it safe for all the festival patrons. Thanks also to the Civil Defence who provided medical assistance on the day when required.
A massive thanks to the Munster Association Referees (MAR) with their assistance, through the provision of five MAR referees being made available on the day. Additionally, we had three Elite International Referees present to referees the matches and the three finals, Andy Brace, John Lacey and Bruff’s very own George Clancy.
Without the referees the day wouldn’t have been the success that it was and the players wouldn’t have enjoyed the festival as much as they did. The coaches and players from all the teams that attended on the day couldn’t give enough praise to all the referees that officiated on the day.
All of the above contributed to a very successful 33rd James Keating Mini Ruby Memorial festival where memories are made.
Bruff Bears – Kilballyowen Shield Winners – 2018