Navan RFC u14 Girls at Mullingar RFC blitz
Back row left to right
Nour Khairy (Coach), Rosie Searle, Roisin Cullen, Roisin Watters, Ally Cullivan, Steffi Finegan, Sasha Guirey, Anna Hilliard, Niamh McSherry, Leah Morris, Lauren Fitzpatrick,
Front row left to right
Jade Gaffney, Maebh Mills, Ava Galvin, Cara Martin
Continuing preparation for their upcoming Leinster Premier League semi-final in 2 weeks time the Navan u14s travelled to a 7’s blitz at Mullingar RFC on Saturday 10th March 2018. The Navan girls came out on top, winning all 3 games.
Pictured above are the members of the squad who participated along with coach Nour Khairy.
Navan 5 v Tullamore 1
Tullamore came out with all guns blazing and had scored a try in the first minuet of the game. Navan hit the reset button and started defending well with good tackling and rucking. Cara Martin kicked and chased down a loose ball to open the scoring for Navan. Just before half time Anna Hillard made a break and offloaded to Niamh McSherry just before she got tackled. Niamh powered on to score Navan’s second try.
Navan dominated the 2nd half with fantastic passing and support running and this led to tries from Anna Hillard, Cara Martin and Ava Galvin. Tullamore never gave up and got very near the Navan try line but were put into touch with a great tackle from Ally Cullivan. Ally was captain on the day.
Navan 5 v Mullingar 4
Always an intense highly competitive encounter against Mullingar. Mullingar were excellent at offloading in a tackle and with great support runners they put the Navan defence under sustained pressure. Soon Mullingar had pulled ahead by 2 tries.
With cool heads Navan pushed forward attacking with strong ball carries and great passing, stretching the Mullingar defence. Leah Morris, Ally Cullivan and Rosie Searle tackled well and turned the ball over many times. Rosie from her fullback position and confident under a high ball, carried ball right back into the opposition’s half.
Steffi Finegan broke through to open the scoring for Navan, her try was soon followed by a try from Ava Galivan. Mullingar scored again to go ahead, but their lead did not last long as Cara Martin and Sasha Guirey put Navan ahead before halftime.
Both teams fought hard in the second half, getting close to the opposition’s try line, only to get pushed back and end up having to defend their own try line. Rosin Cullen came on for Leah Morris, she played with great intensity, defending well and pouncing on any loose ball. Jade Gaffney broke through for Navan to secure Navan’s win before the full time while blew.
Navan 6 v Dundalk 2
By the last match Dundalk were struggling for numbers so we gave them two Navan players. It was a big ask as the girls are a tight group and did not like the idea of playing for any other team. Showing great sportsmanship Cara Martin and Ava Gallvin put their hands up. (The compromise was that they would wear their Navan jerseys inside out)
Steffi Finegan was first to score, and Sasha Guirey soon followed. Some of the best defending from Dundalk came from their ‘guest’ players. Roisin Watters came on to replace Steffi Finegan, unfortunately Rosin was only on the pitch a short while when she picked up a knock to the knee. In this short spell she made two great tackles and scored a try from a lovely offload from Niamh McSherry.
Lauren Fitzpatrick who was a little under the weather and had not played in the previous games came on for Rosin. She ran hard at the Dundalk defence and created space for her teammates to attack. Maebh Mills stepped in as scrum half, a novice in the position she very quickly adapted to her position, distributing fast accurate ball. Navan added to the score line with two tries from Anna Hillard and one from Roisin Cullen. Dundalk got two tries, the last one courtesy of their ‘guest’ player Cara Martin.