The newly re-formed Clonmel women’s team took to the pitch for their first outing of the league season on Sunday last, with 5 players making their rugby debut away to a well organised Thurles team.
The first half started very well for Clonmel with long periods of play spent camped in the opposition half, with Clonmel unlucky not to score on a number of occasions.
Clonmel proved superior in the lineout thanks to their jumper Rachel Lonergan.
Despite some good line breaks from Lisa Corcoron, Danni Delahunty and Jenny Hogan both teams remained scoreless until the last minute when Thurles crossed over the white line to score an unconverted try.
With Clonmel having no luck, and decisions going against them they slogged on.
The pack put in some tremendous mauls and runs through Catherine Kenny, Catherine Hogan and Aileen O’Dwyer and scrum half Aisling Kenny taking on the ball on numerous occasions.
Soon after, Laura Ryan turned over a ball, made a great break gaining great distance but was held off the ball just shy of the line. It wasn’t long before Thurles crept in for an easy try.
With Thurles now coming at Clonmel with renewed gusto some huge hits and tackles were made by Linda Connolly, Sharon Guiry and Emma Flynn from the Clonmel pack.
In the back line Leah Coyne, Lisa Tobin and Laura Ryan had great games and made try saving tackles repeatedly for a long period of time. Clonmel can be proud of this period of defence
A special mention has to go to our utility player, Helen Quirke who played excellently as she slotted into at least 3 different positions throughout the match from the pack to the back line!
As the ref called last play and tired bodies starting to show, Thurles ran over for their third unconverted try of the game.
Final score was 15-0 to the home team.
Our next match is at home to St. Sennans on November 3.
NEW PLAYERS WELCOME ON FRIDAY NIGHTS
New players are always welcome to training on Friday nights at 7.30.
Team: Lisa Tobin, Lisa Corcoran, Laura Ryan, Leah Coyne, Jenny Hogan, Danni Delahunty, Aisling Kenny, Catherine Hogan, Linda Connolly, Catherine Kenny, Rachel Lonergan, Sharon Guiry, Emma Flynn, Helen Quirke, Mary Gorey and AIieen O’Dwyer.