Ama­zons earn draw against En­nis­cor­thy

Bray People - - GENERAL SPORT -

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.

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