Rathdrum ladies are too strong for Tullow
RATHDRUM’S WOMEN’S rugby team was back in action last Saturday after the break due to bad weather.
They hosted newlyformed Tullow in a friendly game in ideal playing conditions. Rathdrum were missing many squad members due to other commitments and found themselves playing players out of position but were bolstered by previous squad members Kim Dempsey and Rea Walsh togging out again.
Rathdrum took their time to find their feet and the first quarter favoured the visitors who retained a lot of the possession and made Rathdrum work hard to stave off the attacks.
Eventually Rathdrum’s experience came into play as the home side took play into Tullow’s half. Rathdrum started to gain possession and from the back of a ruck, Ciara Healy peeled off into the corner for Rathdrum’s first try.
Tullow then awoke and plied pressure in Rathdrum’s 22 but the experience of the home side kept the visitors from scoring and until eventually a penalty in front of the posts was awarded to the visitors who brought the score to 5-3 at half-time.
At the break Rathdrum assessed their options and realised that they would have to retain possession more and start taking the game to the visitors. Once field position was established in the Tullow half, Rathdrum put more points on the board from a Lynda Woolmington pick and go off the back of a ruck charging under the posts for a try that Neasa Olohan then converted.
Aine Geoghegan was next to put points up for Rathdrum when she made a great break from the halfway line and powered her way across the line.
Rathdrum’s experience came to the fore as they completely dominated the remaining minutes of the game and the final nail came for Tullow when Rathdrum’s Trish Ratray made a searing break through the defence, passing to Sue Brady before being hauled down. Sue went on to score Rathdrum’s final try which again was converted by Neasa to leave the score at 24-3 to Rathdrum.
In difficult circumstances, all of the home side played exceptionally well and none more than ‘Player of the Day’ Amanda Pierce who made a great job of the unfamiliar position of scrum-half.
Young Trish Ratray played an exceptional game that belied her youth and all of the squad played to such a standard that will make selection for next week’s league game on Sunday against Portarlington at 12 a difficult job for the selectors.
Action from Rathdrum’s game against Tullow.