The victorious Kilkenny under-12 squad returned home from Wales recently to a rapturous welcome from parents and club members alike having swept the board at the North Wales Festival of Rugby.
Kilkenny entered two teams in the competition. Team 1 took the title on Saturday in the Challenge Cup, while Team 2 were the runners-up. The roles were reversed the next day when Team 2 took the title in the Champions Cup with Team 1 finished as runners-up.
This was a fabulous result for the players and coaching staff and testament to all the hard work they had put in to preparations for the Festival. It must also be mentioned that Kilkenny faced strong opposition from some of the top clubs in Ireland, Wales and England, proving the strength of Kilkenny rugby and the quality of coaching staff available at this level.
The victorious teams were greeted by club President Tim Kiely, Mayor David Fitzgerald and Councillor Paul Cuddihy on their return to Foulkstown. A ‘welcome home’ party had been organised for the players.
Head coach, Marty Dwan reported that the players had received fabulous compliments from the tournament organisers for their fairness of play and the way they conducted themselves on and off the pitch. Tim Kiely expressed his gratitude to the players for the honour they had bestowed on the club and congratulated the parents and coaching staff who organised and collected funds for the trip which was enough to allow each player to travel free.
Mayor Fitzgerald reiterated Tim Kiely’s point and said that not only had the players bestowed a huge honour on the club, but also on the City and County of Kilkenny. He too congratulated the team once on the fantastic results.