Newly-formed Bantry Bay women make history with maiden victory
Bantry Bay made history last weekend fielding their first ever women's team at a competitive level on their home grounds in Ballycommane Park.
Bantry Bay, coached by Damien Hicks, overcame a travelling Bruff side 51-7 in their opening fixture of the Munster Division 2 League.
They took on neighbours Bandon two weeks previously in a 12-a-side warm-up game, which was the first occasion that seven of their squad had ever played a rugby match.
In their first Division 2 fixture Bantry Bay put Bruff under pressure and it wasn't long, after some good phases, that they ran in their first try. From then on there was no looking back.
The ladies grew in confidence and whether it was in defence or attack, they all worked as a team, adding to their try tally through skipper Lisa Cronin, Rachel Crowley, Rebekka Simon and Christine O'Brien.
Women's rugby continues to grow at the West Cork club and Hicks is also coaching teams at U-13, U-15 and U-18 age grades for Bantry Bay.
U-18 player Yvonne O'Shea has recently had the honour of representing Ireland on the U-18 squad.
Bantry also boasts five players who represented Munster at U-18 Interprovincial level this year.