Lucy returns from injury
Women's sevens rugby
Crossbridge native and Rathdrum Rugby Club member Lucy Mulhall made a successful; return from injury to captin the Ireland Women's sevens team at the European Sevens Grand Prix Series opener in Marcoussis last week.
The team will be fourth seeds at the upcoming Rugby Europe Olympic qualifying tournament after winning four of their six games at the tournament.
Ireland gave tournament hosts and eventual champions France their toughest test of the weekend in a nail-biting semi-final. Tries from Eve Higgins and Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe secured a 12-7 second half lead, but les Bleues pipped them by two points in the end thanks to replacement Chloe Pelle's converted score with two minutes remaining.
Earlier on, Stan McDowell's charges had laid down a marker by twice coming from behind to defeat quarter-final opponents England 24-19 thanks to tries from Murphy Crowe (2), Higgins and Stacey Flood. However, the likes of Lucy Mulhall, Murphy Crowe, Flood and Louise Galvin sat out the Bronze final which Spain won 19-0.
While disappointed to lose their last two games, it was a really positive couple of days for fourth-placed Ireland in the sweltering heat. Captain Lucy Mulhall had a successful return from injury and young forwards Brittany Hogan and Kathy Baker made six and five starts respectively as they topped their pool and enjoyed victories over Spain and England.