A combination of our u14 and u12 girls took part in an u13 blitz in Virginia last Sunday. They met their hosts Virginia, as well as Mullingar, Malone, Donaghdee and Armagh. They won four games and lost a tight fought contest against Malone in a single try match.
As usual one girl was as good as the next with each one putting in a great performance. Steffi Finnegan, captain for the day, partnered Cara Martin in the half backs. Their game management and distribution were top class. Steffi scored one try and Cara bagged two.
Anna Hilliard as usual was a whirlwind. When she wasn’t scoring her five tries, she was flattening anyone in range. Not to be outdone on tackling was Emma Brogan from the under twelves. The bigger the opposition the better. Anna and Emma combined on several tackles. No one got by them. Emma scored three tries.
Out on the wing, Maebh was as good as usual tackling well and taking particular delight in beating her father’s old club, Mullingar. On the other wing, Rebecca Coen starred. She scored her first try three minutes into her first contact match. She made a lot of yards over the day with her darting runs.
Another novice, Roisin Watters, with just over a month playing rugby, scored the first try of the day and another three during the day. Lauren Nash, also one of our “give it a try” girls had a great day and is only going to get better as the season goes on. Lia McEwan scored in the first match and was another one of the u12s with no respect for the size of the opposition. The fourth u12, Kate O Reilly played her second blitz alongside the u14s. She is quite at home with the older girls, solid as a rock defending and caught two lovely high balls from the kick offs.
Ali Cullivan scored two tries but her big contribution was her teamwork, guiding the younger girls and sending Rachel off for her try. Rosie Searle scored against Mullingar. In the last game, Armagh kept kicking the ball deep into our half and Rosie kept bringing it back up into their half. Her pictured featured on Leinster Women’s facebook page. Ava Galvin scored three on the day but again her big contribution was at the breakdown, at one stage holding back three of the opposition at a ruck.
Lauren was her usual brilliant self, making lots of yards and defending like a demon. On one of her runs, she bounced the first defender onto her back, the second defender tacked her around her neck but was also discarded and then offloaded to Ally, who went on to score.
All in all, the four under twelves were as brave as could be, the new girls were excellent and the experienced girls showed great leadership. A very satisfying day.