Friday 19 December 2014

Girls in Green set for the mother and father of all wins

Published 11/08/2014 | 02:30

Ireland's Jenny Murphy, celebrates with Cara Reilly, aged 6, left, and Aoibhe Reilly, aged 9, from Causeway, Co. Kerry, after the game.
Ireland's Jenny Murphy, celebrates with Cara Reilly, aged 6, left, and Aoibhe Reilly, aged 9, from Causeway, Co. Kerry, after the game.
Ireland's Ailis Egan celebrates after the game with her parents Morag and Sean Egan.

THE Girls in Green are expecting their biggest turnout of supporters for their Rugby World Cup semi-final against England on Wednesday.

The squad sealed their place in the last four by trouncing Kazakhstan 40-5 at the weekend.

And as they prepare for the do or die semi-final clash with England in Paris, many of the players’ proud parents have put their progress to date down to sheer determination.

Carol Miller, whose daughter Alison (29) is in the squad, is confident that the Girls in Green will do what their male counterparts didn’t and bring home the Rugby World Cup.

Before last week’s momentous triumph against reigning world champions New Zealand,  she said a lot of the parents “were afraid to hope almost”.

Speaking in Paris last night, she said: “But the players fully intended to beat New Zealand and they did. Ireland are up in their confidence and their spirit.”

The proud mothers and fathers, who are the Green Army’s ‘generals’, plan to support the girls all the way to the final.

Tony Bourke, whose daughter Gillian (29) plays at No 2, said: “I’ve never seen them so determined. They’re an unbelievable group of girls. They have really dedicated themselves to this.

“They believe they can do anything. But right now the only thing on their minds is winning on Wednesday.”

A large crowd of Irish supporters is expected to cheer on the girls on Wednesday with many fans planning to remain on for the final should the girls win the biggest game of their rugby careers.

Irish Independent

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