Wicklow girls making giant strides in minis game
With an early kick-off of 10am on Saturday, Wicklow Rugby's U-12s and U-10s Girls squads were up bright and early as they travelled north to Skerries RFC to pit themselves against Metro clubs for a Girls Blitz organised by Leinster Rugby.
Wicklow U-12s had a strong representation of 15 girls and were joined by Seapoint, Greystones, Westmanstown, Terenure, DLSP, Clontarf, Barnhall, Blackrock, Ratoath and hosts Skerries. Virginia RFC also made the trip from Co Cavan.
Playing ten-minute games against Virginia, Greystones, Seapoint (with some 'Tarf girls added in) and a Barbarians team of Ratoath, Westmanstown, Clontarf and Terenure ensured there was a full 40 minutes of game time for everyone.
All 15 Wicklow girls added great value to their team with each of them bringing their own individual strengths to the mix to create a formidable group. All games were closely contested and it is good to see the healthy state of mini girls rugby in Leinster.
These Wicklow girls have worked really hard on their tackling, passing, catching, and general strong running with ball in hand. However, what was most impressive was their ability to use their feet and run into space and take contact as a last resort.
This Sunday, the U-12 Wicklow Girls head south to Carlow RFC for the Aviva Provincial Rugby Festival.
Meanwhile, the young Wicklow Girls U-10s played teams from near neighbours, Greystones RFC and teams from Barnhall, Terenure, Westmanstown, De la Salle Palmerston and Blackrock College RFCs at the Skerries blitz. All teams adjourned to the Skerries clubhouse for well-earned refreshments before Wicklow headed south to Ashtown Lane, home to Wicklow RFC.