Wednesday 11 December 2019

The rise, fall and rise of Longford Warriors

Longford Warriors Women was founded in 2006 when a few of the current players started talking after one of the men's games. (stock photo)
Longford Warriors Women was founded in 2006 when a few of the current players started talking after one of the men's games. (stock photo)

Longford Warriors Women was founded in 2006 when a few of the current players started talking after one of the men's games. It became a reality when Steve Coy came on board and formed a women's team. They spent their first season travelling the country playing friendly games and bonding as a team.

In 2007, Longford entered the Development League and in a very close final they defeated MU Barnhall RFC. The team took off after that and went from strength to strength, with great numbers coming in and playing at AIL level.

They took part in Kinsale Sevens, hosting travelling teams, and some players had the honour of playing for Connacht and Leinster. A lull followed when the squad that had played over the first 10 years started to retire. This was something Longford hadn't prepared for and, as a result, numbers started to dwindle.

But with a never-say-die attitude they have regrouped, recruited and have fielded successfully for the past two years, unlucky to have missed out last season by a two-point difference at the top of the table.

Making sure recruitment is never an issue again, with the help of the IRFU, Longford ran a very successful 'Give it a Try' summer programme and in just a short few months are now fielding girls teams at U-12s, 14s, 16s and 18s.

Longford play in Division 4 of the Leinster League this season and aim to move up the divisions once again.

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