UCC 49 – NUIG 17
Thursday, 10th November 2011
NUIG launched its Varsity campaign with a mixed display under lights at the Mardyke Stadium. In a game of two halves, NUIG succumbed to the talent of new UCC centre, International cap and Connacht captain Alison Miller, who scored five tries in the opening 40minutes. NUIG’s new outhalf Katie Kilbane crossed over late in the half to give the visitors their first points. However, it was the second half during which NUIG showed its true colours.
The challenge was accepted from the off when the NUIG restart was knocked on. The resulting scrum provided NUIG backrow Carol Staunton with clean ball, and she crossed over for the visitors’ second try. Sustained pressure from the Galway girls kept UCC at bay for the remainder of the game with 1 through to fifteen showing incredible strength and patience. Miller, however, crossed over for her sixth having been supplied by inter-pro compatriots Nicola Scully and Amy O’Callaghan, rounding past Connacht team mates Staunton, Heather Cary, and Hannah Smith.
NUIG launched an attack from their 22 to score again under the posts, with Kilbane converting her second of the evening. However, with their slow start, NUIG were destined to come away from this physical encounter without a win.
NUIG: Poppy Walsh, Rhona Julian, Sinead Phillips, Alanna Quinn, Karen Ravenhill, Katie Kilbane, Hannah Smith; Rachel O’Neill, Sharon Moran, Elaine Johnson, Rebecca Bradford, Maeve Canning, Heather Cary, Carol Staunton, Louise Kelly (C); Rita Breen, Pauline Reilly, Elizabeth McKeever, Orla Bath Enright