Last Saturday the 28th of March Connacht U18 girls took to the field in Dubarry park for their very first Interprovincial fixture.
Last Saturday the 28th of March Connacht U18 girls took to the field in Dubarry park for their very first Interprovincial fixture. The side, comprised mainly of Buccaneers players was formed after Christmas after a very successful Transition year project run by YDO's in the Athlone area. Munster, whose underage structure has been in place for some years now, travelled to Athlone with a strong squad of 28 girls. The match from the start was a pleasure to watch from the side line with displays of great rugby skills that were well beyond the girls' years. The battle was not an easy one, with hard tackles going in from the start by both sides. The ruck was the area of play where the Munster's experience truly showed on the day. Playing against a strong wind in the first half Connacht kept kicking to a minimum and ran the ball with some epic encounters with the pack. Munster controlled the half and the half time result reflected it, with a score line of 46-0. The Connacht girls never let the heads drop and their attacking pressure paid off early in the second half with an early try from Jessica McMickan in the corner. The final score was 68-5 to Munster. It was a proud day for both Connacht and the women's game in the province. Connacht will now travel to Clanwilliam in Tipperary on the 25th of April for the return fixture
Referee: Matt Stone
Connacht U18: Edel Quinn, Donna Evans, Nicole Mullen, Heather Sheridan (Captain), Rebecca Nugent, Meave Gately. Beth Garvey, Nessa Kilgallen, Caoimhe Walsh, Jesscia McMickan, Alison Hamilton, Jennifer McCormack, Aobhin Flanagan, Orlaith Reidy, Ellen O'Beirne, Raquel Morto, Jillian, Gemma White,
Coaches Emer O'Dowd, Wendy Hickey and Lorna Stuart Trainor