A very historical moment was made on Saturday in Limerick when our Fethard U15 Girls Rugby team completed the Munster Rugby double by winning the Munster Cup beating rivals Shannon RFC, whom we also defeated in December in the Munster League final.
This amazing team of girls have worked well together all season and with a fine performance last Saturday, winning 26-7. With two exciting tries from captain Kate Flannery who was outstanding throughout the game, and vice-captain, Lucy Murphy, marshalling at scrum-half. Karen Bennett was solid throughout. Our forwards were tremendous, and our second try was scored by Shauna Maher, with incredible determination. On the wings Niamh Flatley and Evelyn Gayson defended very well. Ella Shelley's quick thinking got the ball out wide and new squad member Orla Maher showed great support. Aoibhe Gayson kicked solidly and Niamh Doyle supported well in the second row. Sophia O’Brien was great support in the forwards and a huge asset to the squad was Natasha McGarry who carried extremely well and whose tackles in centre field were definitely vital. Aisling Morrissey came on in the centre and tackled extremely well in the second half. Hannah McCabe and Lia Coady put in a huge effort and are to be commended. Out full-back Annica O’Connor had an amazing pair of hands that caught Shannon's high balls. Orlaith Breen and Clodagh Fanning came on in the second half and supported the team very well. Eabha Fitzgerald was fantastic in keeping the line in defence, but also strong support in attack. Nicole Vaughan played out of her skin in the lineouts and was narrowly denied scoring, with a near full length of the pitch run from turning over the oppositions ball.
Huge thanks to coaches Jason Flannery, Polly Murphy with assistant Marie Gayson for all the support throughout the season. This is a very supportive team of players and back room staff whom along with the parents have been incredible with this squad staying together. Here's to continued fun in the future for these girls and if they keep progressing the future is very bright.
Special thanks to Michael Fogarty, Edel McMahon, Pat O’Donnell, Joe Griffiths, Thomas Murphy, Sam Bergerson, Matt Brown, Brian Scanlon, Liam Hayes, Paul Kavanagh and Tadgh Vaughan, who helped throughout the season. Huge thanks to Amanda Greensmith of Munster Rugby to make it all possible to organise the league and Cup competitions.
Training continues for our 7s tournaments and new members welcome. Fridays in Fethard and Mondays in Rosegreen.
Our Club fundraising ‘Race Night’ this Saturday in McCarthys, Fethard at 9pm.