Thomand Park; The Home of Wheelchair Rugby League
Thomand Park the home of Munster Rugby,have scored a major try this week after adding wheelchair rugby league to its vast list of successes.Munstars was founded in recent weeks with the partnership of Mid-West Spina Bifida and Rugby League Ireland.Jerry Flannery of Munster Rugby is a patron of Spina Bifida and is joining Munstars in a coaching capacity.Cathal O'Reilly of Rugby League Ireland and Mike Murphy(former UL BOHS star) will also be heavily involved in coaching our lads and helping them to convert their dreams into reality!
To put the icing on the cake, Thomand Park have generously agreed to become our jersey sponsor and we are confident that this will be a huge draw for future athletes.In time it is hoped that we will have teams from all over the country competing in wheelchair rugby league.We would like to thank John Cantwell, Michelle Payne and all at Thomand Park for their kind support and belief in us.
John Cantwell,Thomand Park Stadium Director said,"we are delighted to give our support to this positive initiative as it reflects our commitment to assisting with all inclusive sporting programmes throughout the community.Thomand Park is looking forward to its association with Wheels in Motion and the Munstars team."
In the Photo,above:Felix Jones and Jerry Flannery,of Munster Rugby,meet up with Ralph Parkes,Lynn Buffington and Steve Casey of Mid West Spina Bifida to discuss plans for our Wheelchair Rugby Team...aptly named Munstars!!!
To mark the launch of Wheelchair Rugby League in Ireland and the link up between Thomand Park and the Wheels in Motion club, the team had its Wheelchair Rugby League Inaugural Tournament on Sunday May 1st, which was a great success.Wheelchair rugby league is a tag rugby based version of rugby league football and Rugby League Ireland have weighed in with their support for the Limerick based side through the appointment of their Development Officer Cathal O'Reilly to work on this exciting initiative with Mid -West Spina Bifida's own Sports Co-Ordinator, Steven Casey.
Lynn Buffington of Mid-West Spina Bifida said "Wheels in Motion truly embraces the "LImerick, European City of Sport for Everyone" concept and the support of all our sponsors is central to making this happen.We are truly indebted and forever grateful for all the support.