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Leading ladies ready for final countdown

THE final countdown to the women's rugby season is upon us.

With the excitement of the Leinster League finals a distant January memory, March will deliver further exhilaration with the Leinster Women's Cup culminating in a finals day being held by NUIM Barnhall on Saturday March 29.

Teams are eager to compete for that final bit of silverware to add to the club trophy cabinets. There are rivals from the Leinster League replaying each other in the Paul Flood Cup and Plate respectively, a testament to how close the competition has become.

The Paul Cusack Cup and Plate is also set to be an interesting stage for these teams, some of whom are new to the field and eager to make an impact.

NUIM Barnhall, on the other hand, are now in their seventh rugby season.

Over the last seven years they have been very successful contesting three finals; the Leinster Development League final in their first year and the Leinster Division 3 League final twice, winning the competition in 2011. The ladies team are known in the club for their enthusiasm and spirit that they show both on and off the pitch.

This year they will be hoping for further success and are always eager to welcome new recruits. Whether you're an experienced rugby player or a complete novice who's never played a sport before, the ladies have a place for you.

If you would like to give rugby a go, whether to play or just to get fit, meet new people and be involved, then contact women's head coach Neil Beaty on 086 4419748 or team manager Maria Boylan on 086 6010315

Training takes place in NUIM Barnhall RFC every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30.