Monday 23 April 2018

Barry gets CYM off the mark

Participants and coaches pictured at the Malahide mini-blitz
Participants and coaches pictured at the Malahide mini-blitz newdesk

CYM ladies claimed 26-12 victory over New Ross on the road to make it two wins from two, with captain Lucy Barry getting the scoring underway when piercing through a gap and dotted down for the game's first try. Hannah O'Connor was then on hand to added the extras.

As expected New Ross came straight back, utilising their strong pack to pick and go from within the five-metre line and getting their reward after numerous phases.

New Ross added another just before the break, almost identical to the first. With a missed conversion the score at half-time stood at New Ross 12- CYM 7.

A stern talking to at halftime by head coach Niall Neville did the business and players knew what had to be done in order to regain control of the fixture. And that they did.

Superb forward play in both open play and the scrums gave a great platform for the backs to work off.

Second-half tries from Caoimhe Brady, Rachel Horan and Brenda Healy ensured the bonus point victory for CYM Ladies.

CYM will now face a trip to Gordon Park with Clondalkin the hosts this Sunday.

Malahide mini-blitz

Two-hundred and ten local sixth class pupils arrived to Malahide RFC on Monday morning to partake in this season's first Mini Rugby Blitz.

The students from Oliver Plunkett's NS, St Andrews NS and St Marnocks NS started their rugby programme with tag rugby matches on a fantastic morning on Estuary Road.

Once each team was organised and collected their fixture list the games began and straight away it was clear that the enjoyment level was going to be very high.

Some great skills were on show and plenty of brilliant tries were scored.

The all-inclusive nature of community rugby shone through with students from all sporting backgrounds participating and leaving with huge smiles on their faces.

Leinster calling

At a recent Leinster Women's Committee meeting, Women's Development Officer Jennie Bagnall discussed a new initiative with regard to young players - primarily those who graduate from our U-18s girls teams, and then stop playing.

To address this, Leinster are proposing to run a series of matches for clubs with young women, broadly in the 18-25 age range but ultimately anyone is welcome as long as they are paid up members of any club and are willing to put their boots on.

The concept is for one match a month, on a Friday night, with reduced numbers.

Contact David by email for further information or queries We hope to see some of you in Naas on September 30.

Irish Independent

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