ARKLOW LADIES rugby team travelled to Wicklow last Sunday for the second league encounter with the Wicklow Ladies this season.
Wicklow were well beaten by this powerful and experienced Arklow side earlier in the year.
Despite having a number of key players injured or unavailable, Wicklow proved much tougher opposition to Arklow second time round in a game played in difficult conditions.
Arklow started strongly and got over for a soft try in the early stages of the match.
Wicklow started playing well and applied good pressure to the Arklow line which resulted in a brilliant drop goal by Leanne Sullivan which brought the score to 3-5 after 25 minutes.
Arklow responded quickly and scored a try just before the half time whistle, the conversion was missed and the score was 3-10 to Arklow at half time.
Wicklow started strongly in the second half and Laura Peterson scored a brilliant try in the corner to bring the score to 8-10 to Arklow.
Arklow came back well and Wicklow were under pressure for a long part of the second half. Wicklow were reduced to 14 women after a sin binning.
Arklow took full advantage of this and scored another try which was converted which brought the score to 8-15 with 10 minutes to go.
Wicklow held on valiantly but were unlucky to let in another try just before full time which was converted, bringing the final score to 8-22 to Arklow.
The Wicklow women although disappointed to lose the match, took great heart from the fact that their second performance against Arklow was hugely improved in a matter of weeks.
With the vast majority of girls on the squad under 21 it is very clear that the future is very bright for women's rugby in Wicklow RFC.
Coached by former Wicklow captains Frank Roberts and Ciaran Billington they have developed a great team spirit and are really enjoying their rugby.
Wicklow are looking for new players to join this squad. They train on Wednesdays at 7.30 pm and Fridays at 7pm. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. If you are interested in getting involved contact Liz Clarke on firstname.lastname@example.org
The next match is another tough home fixture against a seasoned Clondalkin side on Sunday November 11th at noon. Support very welcome.
Team: Suzanne Acres, Aoise Killeen, Martina Wynne, Enya Alvey, Sarah Colfer, Maria Scanlon, Rachel Devlin, Ciara Mc Connell, Leanne Sullivan, Shauna Keogh, Hazel Rooney, Vicky Rice, Laura Peterson, Laura Murphy, Subs Liz Clarke