Sunday 18 March 2018

Carrick-on-Suir ladies making big strides

Carrick’s Chloe Blackmore and Aoife Moore, who lined out for the Munster U-18s last Saturday
Carrick’s Chloe Blackmore and Aoife Moore, who lined out for the Munster U-18s last Saturday

Carrick-on-Suir RFC's Aoife Moore, Chloe Blackmore and Kate English all wore the red of Munster with great distinction in last Saturday's U-18 inter-provincial blitz meetings with Ulster and Leinster.

Their clubmates Zoe Lynch, Ciara Lonergan and Faye Drohan, who also made the cut for the provincial squad, were unfortunately ruled out of the action due to injury.

The matches were played at Westmanstown in west Dublin, with Munster seeing off Ulster in their opening match before losing 3-0 in a tightly-fought contest with Leinster in the second fixture of the afternoon.

"This was a great achievement for all involved, to have three players playing in a Munster team and to have six players from our club represented in the squad," said Carrick-on-Suir president Tony Musiol. "Now lads and men, beat that!"

The strides the ladies club have made in their short existence have been nothing short of phenomenal, and their efforts were saluted by Ireland international Niamh Briggs during her recent visit to Carrick-on-Suir.

"Kate O'Loughlin has shown the way for these young players given what she achieved with Munster and Ireland," Niamh told the Irish Independent recently.

"There's clearly a lot of great rugby talent in the area, and they're in fantastic hands with the coaches the club are fortunate to have looking after them, so fingers crossed, we'll see some of these girls developing into top-class senior players with both Munster and Ireland a few years down the line."

For a locality synonymous with cycling and soccer talent, and with its fair share of precocious hurlers down through the years, Carrick-on-Suir now looks in line to become synonymous with outstanding ladies rugby players. We shall watch this group's progress with interest in the future!

Irish Independent

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