Amazons earn draw against Enniscorthy
ON THE last day of the Leinster League for the Arklow Amazons it was fitting for them to play the very first team they had ever played in rugby.
Coming to Arklow to avenge the defeat in their first ever game of official rugby Enniscorthy travelled with a much-changed side compared to the original team on the first game, Arklow fielding 14 players from their original line-up last September looked to defend their previous win this time at the Oval. And defend was the word as both sides showed excited spectators how far both teams had come since that first game last year.
Attack and counter-attack was the word of the day with some really hard-hitting tackles drawing a 35 minute half closer to 40 minutes as stop- page was applied. With very little quarter given but a lot of respect shown both sides showed the purists how rugby should be played.
This was an excellent display of rugby and any side, male or female, would have been proud to have taken part in. Tough tackling saw both sides use their bench on a frequent basis, with Arklow’s Rachel Byrne (knee), Kelly Anne Conroy (wrist) and Donnagh Bollard (dead shoulder) among the walking wounded.
Such was the atmosphere of the game that those taken off were fighting with their coaches to get back on. The game ended all square.
However, both sides missed kickable penalties which would normally have been converted but the intensity of the game was obviously draining players, leaving very little in the gas tank.
Player of the match went to Arklow’s number nine Aishling Waldron who played her second game as scrum half and was all over the pitch. Her tackling and scrum half work kept Arklow in the game on numerous occasions. It would seem that in Aishling the team have found their own little Stringer. A well deserved accolade for the new number nine.
As one rugby pundit said today..if this is what ladies rugby is like at a local level all bodes well for womens rugby in Ireland.
The Amazons are always looking for new and up coming rugby players. If you have any interest in rugby please drop into the Arklow Rugby ground, off the Redcross exit and chat to the management team on Wednesday or Friday nights, 7.30 -9.00.