Mar 272018

Rhinos win!

The Rhinos open the 2018 IAFL 1 season with a 27-0 win over the Galway Warriors.

The Rhinos travelled ready to play but found the early going tough on offence.

Luckily the defence was holding it down with MVP LB Paul Richardson recovering a fumble to set up a score from Rhinos QB Ethan Foster. Paul Hosford added the extra.

Another fumble recovery in the second quarter, this time from Karl McGlynn, gave the Rhinos a platform to score again. This time, following hard running from Richardson, it was rookie Chris Hutchinson who got into the end zone.

In the second half, it was the defence who did the scoring. First, Richardson ran back an interception and Hosford added the PAT.

Then, Nico Marrimpoey intercepted a pitch to roll in for another 6. This time it was David Hosford who added the PAT to give the Rhinos the 27-0 win.

The Rhinos return to action on 8 April at home to the North Dublin Pirates.

As always, thanks to our sponsors Woolshed Baa & Grill and Health Services Staffs Credit Union Limited!


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Jan 182017
Rhinos 2017 Schedule

Rhinos 2017 Schedule


The Irish American Football Leagues IAFL1 Division will kick off for the Dublin Rhinos when they host the Donegal/Derry Vipers at Castleknock College on the 19th of March 2017.

2 fixtures against the Vipers will be accompanied by 2 fixtures against the familiar Craigavon Cowboys and the schedule is rounded out with match ups against the Wexford Eagle’s, South Kildare Soldiers, Mullingar Minotaurs and the Meath Bulldogs.


The Rhinos will be continuing their preseason training and preparation for the season every Sunday at 11am in Castleknock College. We’ll take this opportunity to give a friendly reminder that new players are welcome each and every Sunday, feel free to get in touch with us for more information.


And if all that wasn’t enough, our good friends the Carrickfergus Knights will be in town for a preseason friendly on the 26th of February! That’s at 1pm in Castleknock College and is one not to be missed!

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Mar 092015

Rhino football is back!!

This Sunday, March 15th, the Rhinos travel to take on the North Kildare Reapers in the North Kildare Rugby Club at 1pm.

This was a tense fixture last season where the Rhinos came away with a narrow 12-9 victory thanks to a 4th quarter field goal.

How will both teams shape up after a long off season of recruiting and practice? Only one way to find out! Head on down to support your Rhinos in the North Kildare Rugby Club, Kilcock. Kick off is at 1pm.

Last years fixture had its fair share of huge tackles and big passing plays, are we in for more of the same?

The game had no shortage of high flying tackles

The game had no shortage of high flying tackles

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Dec 282014

The 2015 Shamrock Bowl Conference schedule was circulated to all teams at the Irish American Football Association Annual General Meeting on 13th December.

This schedule has now been confirmed. Your Dublin Rhinos schedule begins on March 15th against the North Kildare Reapers and ends with games against both 2014 Shamrock Bowl sides Belfast Trojans and Trinity.


The full schedule is as follows:


March 15th – Rhinos @ North Kildare Reapers

March 29th – UL Vikings @ Rhinos

April 19th – Rhinos @ University College Dublin

April 26th – Rhinos @ Craigavon Cowboys

May 17th – North Kildare Reapers @ Rhinos

May 31st – Carrickfergus Knights @ Rhinos

June 14th – Rhinos @ Belfast Trojans

June 28th – Trinity College Dublin @ Rhinos

With preseason training resuming on January 11th at 11am, the season is quickly approaching. Keep an eye out for news on preseason practice and scrimmage information. We hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas break and we wish you all the best for the New Year!

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Sep 102014

Last Saturday night saw the Rhinos take to the Woolshed once more, this time to celebrate the 2014 IAFL season which saw the Rhinos advance to the postseason. A wildcard defeat at the hands of the UL Vikings saw the Rhinos campaign come to an end. After a rough start to the season which was plagued by injuries, a strong finish pushed the Rhinos into the postseason which will help kick start the 2015 preseason campaign starting in November.

The awards on offer for their performances throughout the 2014 season were: Team MVP, Offensive, Defensive & Special Teams MVP, Captains Award, Most Improved Player and Rookie of the year. As has happened in the past, players sometimes have the opportunity to excel at more than one position and this year was no different. For the first time ever two players managed to scoop two awards each, a direct result of the efforts put forward during the season.


Your 2014 Rhinos Most Valuable Players:


Award Winners: Rob Healy, Adam Skelly, Andy Meehan, Paul Richardson & Paul Minogue

Award Winners: Rob Healy, Adam Skelly, Andy Meehan, Paul Richardson & Paul Minogue


Paul Richardson – Team MVP

“Richie” was 2013’s rookie of the year after taking to the game of football like a duck to water. He continued that trend in 2014, staking claim to the Middle Linebacker position as well as contributing on Offense and Special Teams.

Rob Healy – Offensive MVP

It’s not often that an offensive lineman wins the Offensive Most Valuable Player award due to the competition from the skill positions who attract more focus. Rob’s effort all year during games and at training culminated in him being the offenses most valuable player.

Adam Skelly – Defensive MVP

There is no question that Adam Skelly is one of, if not the best Corner Back in the Irish League today. Not a single game goes by where Skelly doesn’t walk off the field with an interception and a whole host of highlight tackles and pass break ups. A consistent performer, without question the most valuable defensive player in 2014.

Adam Skelly – Special Teams MVP

Not only was his play on Defense enough to win him the Defensive MVP, Adam Skelly replicated the same performance on Special Teams. Making tackles, forcing fumbles, returning a blocked PAT for 2 points, Adam Skelly done it all this year and is a deserved winner of this award.

Andy Meehan – Most Improved Player

Andy spent a lot of time in the preseason working on his fitness, strength and conditioning and it paid dividends all year long. Starting at corner back, filling in at safety & competing on special teams, Andy’s performance in 2014 was leaps and bounds above a solid 2013 rookie season.

Andy Meehan – Captains Award

On top of the reasons above, Andy not only performed on the pitch during games but also during training and off the pitch. For his dedication and performances during the year, Andy got the nod from the Captains for their award.

Paul Minogue – Rookie of the Year

Paul’s first year with the Rhinos started with him training to be a wide receiver but before long he made the move to defense. A move which he would not regret as he showed he was a natural and fully capable to play a big part in the defense. For his commitment to training and getting better on top of his performance during the season, Paul was this years Rookie of the Year.


Congratulations to all the award winners, and thanks to our sponsor the Woolshed for hosting us!


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 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


Dec 142012

The Shamrock Bowl Conference schedule has been announced. The Dublin Rhinos will be playing in the Northern Division of the Shamrock Bowl Conference with home and away games against the Dublin Rebels, Carrickfergus Knights, Craigavon Cowboys and current Shamrock Bowl Champions, the Belfast Trojans.


February 24th @ Dublin Rebels (Sportslink)

March 3rd vs Carrickfergus Knights (Castleknock)

March 24th vs Belfast Trojans (Castleknock)

April 7th @ Craigavon Cowboys (Craigavon)

April 14th vs Dublin Rebels (Castleknock)

April 28th @ Carrickfergus Knights (Carrickfergus)

May 12th vs Craigavon Cowboys (Castleknock)

June 2nd @ Belfast Trojans (Belfast)

The Southern Division of the Shamrock Bowl Conference will see the UL Vikings, Trinity College Dublin, UCD, Cork Admirals and DCU Saints compete to join the winners of the Northern Division in the playoffs for the Shamrock Bowl.

As the Irish American Football League continues to grow, there is now a relegation from the Shamrock Bowl Conference. The team with the worst record from the regular season will be replaced by a team promoted from the ranks of the IAFL-1 Division.

The above schedule has been confirmed. When that 2013 calendar rolls around make your reminders to be in Castleknock to cheer on the Rhinos!

Feb 032011

The schedule for the Dublin Rhinos 2011 Season has been announced.

Home opener is on March 27th against the Cork Admirals who the Rhinos defeated in the wild card game of the 2010 season. This is set up to be a very tough match.

The first half of the season looks like this, the Rhinos visit the Carrickfergus Knights on the 8th of May.

Mar 27 Cork Admirals Logo @ Logo West Dublin Rhinos Castleknock College, Dublin, 1pm
Apr 10 Dublin Rebels Logo @ Logo West Dublin Rhinos Castleknock College, 2pm
Apr 17 West Dublin Rhinos Logo @ Logo Trinity College Trinity College Sports Grounds, Santry, 2pm
May 8 West Dublin Rhinos Logo @ Logo Carrickfergus Knights Carrickfergus RFC, Woodburn Road, 2pm

Further updates coming…