November 2006

St. Angela’s College, Sligo v UCG

The Ladies Rugby team got their league campaign off to a winning start yesterday with a  convincing 27-10 win away to St.Angela’s college Sligo.

With many new players on both sides the first five minutes of the game was littered with mistakes but it was the NUIG girls who settled into the game the quickest with some excellent backs play which allowed second centre Anne O’ Callaghan to get over for the first of two first half tries, which was converted by number 8 Aoife Maher.

Ill dicipline cost the UCG girls in the following few minutes and suddenly they found themselves 10-7 down. They maintained their composure however getting over for another try scored by hooker Niamh Quinn after a quick penalty was stopped just short of the line. The ball was recycled and Quinn powered over.

The second half couldn’t have started better for the students as the drop off was chased up well by the forwards who took it through a few phases with lock Mairead Crushell getting the touchdown near the corner. Within the next few minutes continued pressure paid off and once again quick recycling of the ball and offloads in the tackle area allowed Number 8 Aoife Maher to pick from the back of a ruck and power over and UCG found themselves 22-10 up with most of the first half left to play.

Superb defending kept Sligo at bay for the second half and excellent pressure allowed a turnover ball which resulted in Niamh Quinn touching down for her second of the day. 

Scrum Half Eva Neville kept excellent pressure on Sligo at scrum time which allowed little quality ball to the ten and limited their play to kicking for large parts of the game. New out half Deirdre Fitzgearld started her playing with NUIG with a solid performance which saw the backs with quality ball for the day. Centres Anne O’ Callaghan and Maeve D’arcy worked tirelessly which saw some tunovers in the tackle area at crucial stages of the game. Wingers Eilish Ni Dhuill and Molly Sullivan and Full-Back Captian Fantastic Sharon Kelly covered the kicking game of Sligo well.

Substitutes were made early in the second half and it showed the quality of the NUIG bench when second row Meadhbh Moriarity and wingers Sasha Drozd and Mary Mulkerrins came on making some excellent tackles and probing runs.

The pack performed well with Front – Row Maggie Brady, Niamh Quinn and Kate Halloran rucking well securing quick ball for the backs along with Second – Row’s Mairead Crushell and Siobhan Mc Grath, helped by Number 8 Aoife Maher.

The girls will also be happy with the amount of turnover ball they secured throught the game with some excellent counter rucking and mauling.

There was many positioinal switces from last year and rugby debuts for Sasha Drozd, Siobhan Mc Grath, Meadhbh Moriarity, Mary Mulkerrins,  Kate Halloran and  Eilish Mc Dhuill all who did excellently.

The girls now go into the Christmas break on the back of a good win and are looking forward to the rest of the season.

Team:15 – Sharon Kelly (C) 14 – Molly Sullivan 13 – Anne O’ Callaghan 12 – Maeve D’arcy 11 – Eilish Ni Dhuill 10 – Deidre Fitzgearld 9 – Eva Neville 1 – Maggie Brady  2 – Niamh Quinn 3 – Kate Halloran 4- Mairead Crushell 5 – Siobhan Mc Grath 8 – Aoife Maher 16 – Meadhbh Moriarity 17 – Mary Mulkerrins  18 – Sasha Drozd

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