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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Jan 092015
 

RHINOS!

Half time is over. This Sunday at 11am we move into the second half of our pre season preparation.

All senior players will be training from 11am-1pm, full kit required.

All junior players will be training from 1pm-2pm.

The season is fast approaching and it’s time to step it up a gear.

New players are still welcome to join, please contact us for more information.

If you're not there, Coach Nick will be pointing fingers.

If you’re not there, Coach Nick will be pointing fingers.

 Posted by at 12:08  Comments Off on Training Resumes Sunday
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!

 Posted by at 15:36  Comments Off on 2015 Schedule Confirmed
Dec 122014
 

In 2013 some of your Dublin Rhinos gave up some of their down time to help do some fundraising for Temple Street Childrens University Hospital and in the process raised €3,154 for the charity.

Always striving to improve, the Rhinos again gave up some down time over the 25th & 26th of October taking to the floors of Liffey Valley & Blanchardstown Shopping Centre to try and help raise even more money for the Childrens Hospital.

 

It is with great pleasure that I can now inform you that your Rhinos helped to raise a massive…

€12,367.54!

While the Rhinos helped to raise that money, the money was donated by the very generous people of West Dublin over the course of the weekend. So a huge thank you goes your way from all of us here at the Rhinos for helping us make this fundraiser even more successful than last years, almost 3 times as much money was raised!

For more information on Temple Street Childrens University Hospital and to see if there is any fundraising activities you would like to get involved in please visit their website.

Rhinos in Blanchardstown on October 26th

Rhinos in Liffey Valley on October 25th

Rhinos in Liffey Valley on October 25th

 Posted by at 18:33  Comments Off on Rhinos help raise over €12,000 for Temple Street Childrens Hospital!
Nov 182014
 

Week 3 of the Rhinos preseason training schedule is now in the books.

 

Week 4 will be held on Sunday 23rd November 11am, Castleknock College.

 

It’s not too late to start either. If you have already been in touch with us or are just finding us for the first time, send us your details here and we will be in touch with all the information you need to take part in this Sundays training session.

American Football is the ultimate team sport. Don’t miss your chance to become part of the Rhinos.

Would you like to play for the Rhinos?

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Nov 032014
 

Rhinos preseason training began in style on Sunday with over 70 players taking to the field to mark the opening of the Rhinos 2014/2015 season.

With the Rhinos senior squad looking to inch closer to that coveted Shamrock Bowl, the prospect of entering an IAFL2 side, a flag football side and for the first time a Junior (16-19) side, there has never been a more exciting time to be a part of the Rhinos.

Preseason training for the new recruits will continue at 11am in Castleknock College this Sunday, November 9th. New players are still welcome – it is never too late to start. Simply fill in your details here.

For a glimpse of what you can expect at training on Sunday, take a look at some photo’s taken at our first practice of the year.

 

 Posted by at 19:49  Comments Off on New Rhinos Take The Field
Oct 212014
 
2 Weeks

Sunday 2nd November, 11am

Castleknock College

 

 

Less than 2 weeks remain until the Rhinos return to the field in Castleknock College. If you are interested in taking up American Football don’t forget to get in touch with us so we can provide you with all the information you need to get started.

It’s time to leave Madden behind. Leave the PlayStation & XBox controllers behind and get started on your own football path next Sunday, 2nd November. Feel free to have rehearsed the Heisman pose in advance.

Heisman

 

 Posted by at 15:48  Comments Off on 2 minute warning!
Oct 092014
 

Sunday 2nd November, 11am

Castleknock College

Rhino football is back! That’s right, on Sunday 2nd November 2014 at 11am in Castleknock College the Rhinos will be back in action. Rookies and first year players will take to the field to showcase their skills while they are shown the ropes by our coaching staff headed by Mark Lawless.

For the first time the Rhinos will also be running a ‘Junior’ team in the 16-18 age group. We will be teaching the Junior squad the basics and prepare them for full contact kitted scrimmages hosted by the IAFA against other Junior squads from around the country. Junior training will run alongside the Senior squad training initially.

If you have ever had an interest in playing American Football or even enjoyed watching an NFL game, now is the time to give it a go. Come on down and try your hand at it in a no pressure environment, no experience is necessary and all the required training will be provided. Did you know that our 2013 Rookie of the Year was our 2014 Most Valuable Player? You could be the next Russell Wilson, Cordarelle Patterson or … Paul Richardson!

Don’t waste any time, get in touch with us today and we will provide you with everything you need to become a Rhino.

 Posted by at 13:49  Comments Off on Are you ready for some football?!
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!

 

Aug 112014
 
Rhinos Run Last Man

Rhinos Run Last Man

 

Simply click on the picture above to join our Run Last Man competition where you select an NFL team – if your team wins you progress to the next round.

Entry is €10 and the prize pool grows as more people register. Check out the link above to sign up and for a full explanation of how the competition works, click here.

Can you beat the Rhinos and be the last man standing?