Apr 142014

The 6th of April was the day the Rhinos had hoped would end with a 1-1 standing in the IAFL South Division, unfortunately a loss to Limericks Vikings was the result and the 0-2 Rhinos must now look ahead to the Cowboys for that first win of the season.

With a few late scratches to the Rhinos game day roster, a depleted squad departed Dublin to face the Vikings. It would not be unfair to say that fatigue in the second half of the game was a factor in the game slipping away from the Rhinos.

A touchdown pass from Arun Mooney to Paul Hosford opened the scoring after a scoreless first quarter, Hosford converted the kick for a 7-0 Rhinos advantage. It didn’t take long for the Vikings to respond and before half time they had pulled the score back to 7-6 after failing to convert the PAT.

The Rhinos opened the second half in the worst possible way, conceding a kick return for a touchdown which shifted any momentum built in the first half back to the Vikings. After a successful 2 point conversion the Vikings were ahead 15-7.

The rest of the third quarter played out with both teams punting the ball to each other after drives were stalled by the opposing defense. With just one score between the two sides it was the Vikings who would strike next and ultimately, last. A second rushing touchdown for Limerick was the final nail in the coffin and the 22-7 lead they had built proved insurmountable for the Rhinos with the clock not on their side.

It was a better offensive performance from the Rhinos, one from which they will look to build on before they take on the Craigavon Cowboys in the first home game of 2014 on the 4th of May in Castleknock.

Mar 242014

Losing is never easy. Starting your season with a loss is a tough pill to swallow after months of hard work and preparation by coaches and players. The Rhinos will be hoping the loss suffered yesterday will provide a springboard into winning ways.

Rhinos Offense open the game versus Trinity

Rhinos Offense open the game versus Trinity

Receiving the ball to start the game the Rhinos were forced to punt early giving the ball to the students. Trinity’s offense was slowed by the Rhinos defense but Trinity running back Rob McDowell created some running space for himself and was able to pick up small chunks of yardage which QB Dan Finnamore then took advantage off finding receivers with some well thrown passes. The result of a long drive was a touchdown and 6 points when the point after try was sent wide of the posts.

Rhinos Defense force an incompletion

Rhinos Defense force an incompletion

The Rhinos then gifted the students 2 more points shortly afterwards when a mix up resulted in the ball bouncing out the side of the end zone for a safety. With the Rhinos offense a much changed side from last year including many new faces on the starting 11 there were some teething issues that were ironed out as the game progressed.

Oisin Russell-Conway looking for running room

Oisin Russell-Conway looking for running room

The day continued much in the same fashion, the Rhinos offense stalled be it through pressure from the Trinity defense or through mistakes and penalties and were unable to put a score on the board. Trinity took advantage of good field position from turnovers and special teams and were able to add another three touchdowns before the final whistle turning 15-0 at the half into 28-0 at full time.

It’s a wake up call for the Rhinos. Performances like this will only result in a long disappointing season. With one weekend to prepare for the next game against the University of Limerick Vikings the clock is ticking.

Rhinos new away jerseys fail to bring luck in first outing

Rhinos unveil new away jerseys pregame

Mar 202014

The Rhinos will travel across town to the Trinity Sports Grounds this Sunday to take on Trinity College in the first game of the 2014 IAFL season.

The sides last met during the 2012 league year where the students were the victors. After not playing each other in 2013, there are now 2 fixtures between the sides on the league calendar for 2014.

The game is set to kick off at 1pm at the Trinity Sports Grounds on Santry Avenue, click here for map to grounds.

Join the Rhinos this Sunday as they look to get on top of Trinity to start the season

Join the Rhinos this Sunday as they look to get on top of Trinity to start the season


We would like to invite all our friends, family and supporters to come along and cheer us on as we open our 2014 Shamrock Bowl Campaign. Kick off is at 1pm.


Feb 272014

To celebrate the opening of the 2014 schedule the Rhinos will be making a return visit to the Laughter Lounge on the 20th of March.

Just days before the Rhinos travel across town to face local rivals Trinity College, the Rhinos will be facing comedian Raymond Mearns and a number of guests.


Raymond Mearns will be headlining the show

Raymond Mearns will be headlining the show

One of the best acts on the international circuit at the moment Scottish comedian Raymond Mearns is an absolute must see, having rose to fame winning Jongleurs and staring in the cult hit TV show and Internet sensation “The Limmy Show”. An absolute huge hit that blew the roof off on his debut weekend, we are delighted to have Raymond back and are certain he can do the same again. Not to be missed!

If you have not already secured your ticket for the event at the Rhinos special discounted rate of €15 (including free drink) get in touch today. There are only a handful of tickets left. It has all the makings of a great night out and will get you in Rhino form for the weekends season opener.

Feb 132014

The Rhinos quest for Shamrock Bowl 2014 begins on the road with back to back away games. First taking on the cross town rivals in Trinity College before sailing down to Limerick to take on the storied Vikings. It’s been 3 years since the Rhinos and Vikings have met in competition and both sides will be wanting to make their mark on the newly formed Shamrock Bowl Conference South division.

May will see the return of the Rhinos to the green pastures of Castleknock College, first welcoming the visiting Cowboys before a visit from the reigning Shamrock Bowl champions. The Rhinos were the last team to come close to beating the Trojans in a thrilling 24-20 match up in 2012. The Trojans have gone undefeated since then and have the sights of all the IAFL teams firmly set on their backs, Rhinos included.

Two away games follow the Trojans visit. First against newly promoted North Kildare Reapers and a familiar visit to Woodburn in Carrickfergus where the Rhinos will take on the Knights, again. The Knights match up is one of the most anticipated games of the schedule for the Rhinos each year as the two teams play a similar style of football and are usually only separated by a single score.

Rounding out the 8 game schedule is 2 more home games against Trinity and Waterford Wolves. The Wolves are in the same boat as the Reapers, gaining promotion to the Shamrock Bowl Conference from IAFL-1 on the back of a 6-2 season in 2013. The final game of the season for both teams and it could be a crucial tie, no doubt the playoffs will be on the line for one or both of the teams and every score here could count.

Mark the dates in your calendars, it’s almost Rhino time!

Rhinos 2014 Schedule

Rhinos 2014 Schedule


Jan 282014

The Rhinos today were the recipients of 98fm’s Dermot & Dave’s Jingly Bits!

If you are not familiar with the piece you can head on over to their podcasts page and have a listen to some of their work.

If you missed it this evening not to worry, the piece will be aired again on Thursday between 3 & 4pm on 98fm.

For those of you who are unable to tune in don’t worry, we’ve received a copy of the piece and given it’s own corner of Rhinos.ie, click on the play button below to have a listen!



Don’t forget that this Sunday is Superbowl Sunday and we would be delighted to see you in the Woolshed to celebrate the highlight of the professional football calendar!

Jan 212014
Superbowl XLVIII

It’s almost that time of year again, Superbowl Sunday!

The most important date on the American Football calendar, and there is no better way to spend Superbowl Sunday than in Dublin’s best venue for sport, the Woolshed.

The Rhinos have long been found in front of the big screen at the Woolshed for Superbowl Sunday and tradition will not be broken. There is simply no better venue in the country to watch the big game.

With free entry and food until 1am, a horde of screaming football fans will be descending upon the Woolshed to create the best atmosphere you will find for an american football game this side of the atlantic.

Whether you are a Seahawks fan or a Broncos fan, come and join the Rhinos in the Woolshed and enjoy what is going to be a great night and a great game.


Superbowl at the Woolshed

Superbowl at the Woolshed


Superbowl XLV @ Woolshed

Rhinos enjoying Superbowl XLV @ Woolshed

Dec 182013

The West Dublin Rhinos are proud to announce that over the course of the October bank holiday weekend, a number of players donated their time to help raise some funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital through the Trick or Treat for Temple Street fundraising campaign.

Dressed in their Sunday best a number of Rhinos managed to raise a massive €3,154 in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who purchased the lollipops and badges and to those who simply donated to this very important cause.

If you would like to get involved yourself, head on over to the Trick or Treat for Temple Street website and see how you can help. 


Rhinos raise €3,154 for Temple Street Children's Hospital

Rhinos raise €3,154 for Temple Street Children’s Hospital

Nov 142013

On Thursday the 21st of November 2013 the Rhinos will be descending on the Laughter Lounge on Eden Quay for a night of comedy. There will also be some stand up comedians putting on a show.

Headline act Karl Spain will be performing with a number of supporting guests.


Karl Spain and guests will have to put up with the Rhinos all night!

Karl Spain and guests will have to put up with the Rhinos all night!

The Rhinos have managed to secure tickets which can be purchased through the club for a discounted price of just €15! And if that wasn’t enough, your entry ticket includes a free drink before 7.30pm! Entry at the door will cost you €26 so if you are looking to attend please get in touch with us now, there are still a few tickets left.

We hope to see you on the night and thank you for supporting the Rhinos.