A message from our Club President.

Dermot Godsell
Club President 2018-19
It is a great honour and privilege for me to be President of this outstanding Club for the coming season 2018 - 2019.

When I look at the list of former Presidents I am honoured to be in their company.

I have been involved with Highfield virtually all of my life, and I am aware of its values and traditions which I will strive to uphold.

As President I extend a very warm welcome to all visitors to our Club this season. Particularly to visiting teams, their officials and supporters, along with referees, match officials.

I would very much like thank our Player/ Coach, Timmy Ryan, along with his assistant coaches and team management for a successful and enjoyable 2017-2018 season.

I would also like to thank Robert Bogue, Director of Rugby, for his dedication and commitment over the past season. I know that our failure to get promoted this past year was a big disappointment to all given the many fine performances produced by the team during the season. However, resilience in sport, as in life, is what makes the difference and I have no doubt that we will come back stronger and better for the coming season.

I would like to wish our Senior squad, under the leadership of Team Captain, Fintan O’Sullivan, every success in the upcoming All Ireland League.

To our Coaches, Team Captains, Managers and Players I wish you all a very successful and enjoyable season. Each week Players, Coaches and Volunteers dedicate their time and efforts to ensuring that the Club Rugby continues to thrive and for this we are most grateful. I would also like to sincerely thank all those Companies who continue to support our various fundraising activities, and also those who contribute to and support our Club Programme.

I would like to wish every success to our Underage Section which is so important to the future of our Club. A special word of thanks to the Chairman, Jason Buckley, the Coaches, Managers and Parents for all their work in making it so successful and enjoyable for all.

To our women’s teams, I would very much like to wish you every success for the coming season. I would also like to congratulate Leah Lyons on her very successful season with the Irish Ladies International Team.

I would like to thank our Club Chairman, Eugene Carley, and the Management Committee together with the Sub Committees for their work and commitment to the Club. I also wish to thank all those who give of their time, in so many ways, to help with the various teams, coaching, medical, fundraising and maintenance without which the club could not function.

The building of our new Gym is about to commence shortly. This will be located adjacent to our existing dressing rooms. Thankfully we were successful in our bid for Lotto funding towards this development. This along with funds raised from 'Strictly Come Dancing' event have made a substantial contribution towards this development. My thanks to Dave Barry and Jackie O'Hea along with those who participated and worked so hard to make it such a success. We intend that the new Gym will be completed to a high standard, and we will be seeking further sponsorship over the coming months to facilitate this. The Gym will be an important additional facility for the club, and one which will be of great benefit to the fitness of all players. My sincere thanks to John O'Callaghan, Peter Martin and Michael O'Driscoll together with the Gym Sub Committees for all their work to date on this development.

I am conscious that as I write, ongoing discussions are taking place regarding the future of the All Ireland League. We await the outcome of these deliberations with much interest.

In conclusion I would like to wish all members, families and friends a successful and enjoyable season and I look forward to meeting with you throughout the season.

Yours in rugby,

Dermot Godsell.