Schools trophy tour proves real winner
The Women's RBS 6 Nations trophy was on tour last week across the province in both clubs and schools to help promote girls rugby.
Students, teachers and players from clubs and schools in Portumna, Killimor, Tynagh, Lorrha, Galway (Corinthians and Galwegians), Castlebar, Moycullen, Oughterard, Westport, Louisburgh, Claremorris, Ballina, Creggs, Roscommon, Williamstown, Ballygar, Glenamaddy, and Athlone were all treated to a visit, with some areas lucky enough to meet Irish internationals Ruth O'Reilly and Nora Stapleton.
Wendy Hickey, Women's Development Officer, was delighted with the tour. "The interest surrounding women's rugby is constantly growing in this province, and it is such a great opportunity for girls to meet the international players and to see the cup up close," she said. "Many thanks to Nora and Ruth for their support; it means so much to the young players and students, not to mention the teachers!"
Portumna RFC's Emer Power said the visit to her club was a huge success. "Portumna rugby club had the great privilege of welcoming Nora Stapleton and the Women's 6 Nations Trophy along with Wendy Hickey to Portumna. We started off the morning by visiting Portumna NS when we received a fantastic welcome from all the students and staff. We then visited Portumna CS. Nora gave a speech on how she reached the level of the RBS 6 Nations which started with a simple game of tag rugby and eventually led to her making the Irish women's rugby team."
The visit also took in Ability West, St Dympna's ADS; Redwood NS in Lorrha; Killimor NS and Tynagh NS. "A special word of thanks to everywhere we visited, to everyone we met for their warm welcome and for the great effort that the teachers and students had put into making the visit so successful," said Power. "It was just a fantastic experience for everyone and was great to raise awareness of women's/girls rugby."