'Seven Deadly Sins' surge to final as Portlaoise U-18s shine on tournament debut
Portlaoise U-18 Girls travelled to Buccaneers RFC in Dubarry Park, Athlone for the inaugural all-female Sevens in the City tournament in aid of women's cancer.
This was the first time Portlaoise played competitive Sevens at this age group.
The team, named the 'Seven Deadly Sins', reflected the massive growth in popularity of the shortened game among schoolgirls in Ireland and around the world since it was designated an Olympic sport. The girls trained with Sevens specialist Mark Roberts in the previous three weeks.
The squad consisted of Aoife McNeill, Róisín McWey, Rebecca Mullen, Abigail Mullen, Mairéad Keogh, Tara Buggie, Anna O'Neill, Áine Camphuijsen, Lauren Roberts, Emma Startin and Robyn Mullen.
The Seven Deadly Sins emerged from the group stage to the semi-final with tries from Tara Buggie and Anna O'Neill, and they then accounted for Railway Union.
The final against Carrick-on-Suir proved a bridge too far with Carrick sporting three girls from the international squad. Róisín McWey did bag a marvellous try, though.
The outcome of two tries to one augurs well for the Portlaoise side who have just commenced training in this new code. Portlaoise also have a number of players in reserve who were unavailable for this debut. Portlaoise are currently recruiting anyone who would like to play this exciting brand of rugby and emulate their previous or current international schoolgirl squad players Anna O'Neill, Aoife Murphy and Eimear Corri.
The next Sevens matches are in Greystones on July 12 and they can't wait!