Wicklow senior women make promising return to competitive action
On a wet and dull Saturday morning, Wicklow senior women's rugby team played their first senior competitive match in two years against Old Belvedere RFC in Ashtown Lane.
With one eye on the skies and relying on the excellent work of Peter Duffy and the grounds staff, Wicklow took to the pitch with a blend of experienced players, some new Spanish players, recent under-18s and a crop of new, current under-18s.
Coach Paul McDevitt had little time to work with this new team, who have been out of competitive rugby for two years, yet for the first-half, Wicklow looked to the manor born.
Attacking Old Belvedere, who boasted a side of AIL players as well as some new girls, Wicklow played with gusto and took the lead with a try by Rachel Griffey which was neatly converted by Ciara Patrick. The Wicklow girls continued to press Belvo hard, relishing the encounter and were unlucky to have a ball turned over deep in the Belvedere half. With the visitors not hesitating, Belvo spread the ball wide, running almost the length of the pitch to score a converted try, leaving the score at 7-7.
The Wicklow girls felt the pace of the match catching up with them as they saw former Wicklow player, Leanne Sullivan, run through the heart of their tiring defence to score for Belvedere under the posts for another converted try. This left the score at 14-7 with 20 minutes to go.
The Wicklow team never gave up and were camped on the Belvo line on several occasions but with a strong defence from the visitors, Wicklow were unable to cross the line.
This is a promising start for the Wicklow ladies and with more matches lined up, things are looking positive for this squad of senior women.
Wicklow Senior Ladies train on Friday evenings at 7.30pm in Ashtown Lane and would welcome new and past players as they look to build momentum and grow numbers for the club. All enquiries to Ronan Griffey on 086 8357575.