His­toric trip by Wick­low girls

First Ir­ish girls club side to tour

Bray People - - SPORT -

THE WICK­LOW RFC un­der-18 girls along with their coun­ter­parts from Naas took part in a his­toric first re­cently. They were the first Ir­ish girls club side to tour out­side the coun­try.

The girls left Wick­low on the way to Saint David's in Wales on a sunny Fri­day.

There were 38 play­ers and 12 coaches and men­tors in to­tal and the at­mos­phere was elec­tric on the bus as the girls set off on their trip.

They ar­rived into St David's in the early hours of the morn­ing and grabbed a few hours sleep be­fore they were up and at it first thing on Satur­day morn­ing with a train­ing ses­sion in St David's fol­lowed by a team lunch where the deci­bels were raised even fur­ther.

They then had yoga out on the front pa­tio in the sun­shine to stretch out be­fore the kick-off against a Welsh re­gional side made up from girls drawn from St David's, Llanelli Scar­lets, Haver­ford West, Cow­bridge and Neath.

The match was played out in front of a large crowd in lovely con­di­tions and the rugby was a top class af­fair with both sides play­ing en­ter­tain­ing run­ning rugby from the off.

The match was a tight af­fair and the Welsh girls were leading 15-12 with five min­utes to go but the Ir­ish girls were de­ter­mined that noth­ing was go­ing to take away from their tour and they dug deep and de­spite their tired­ness ran to late tries to snatch a de­served vic­tory against a very good and tal­ented Welsh side.

Af­ter pre­sen­ta­tions and speeches the girls re­turned for three hours of prepa­ra­tions for the teen disco that the club had thrown for the girls.

The club was ab­so­lutely hop­ping all Satur­day and it was in the wee hours of Sun­day morn­ing that a very tired but happy bunch of tourists boarded the bus head­ing back to there beds.

It was a qui­eter bus the next morn­ing when we boarded the bus for home but the girls soon re­cov­ered and the chat soon started flow­ing.

The girls strength­ened old friend­ships and made many new ones on the trip and were al­ready plan­ning their re­turn trip be­fore we got home.

The girls were an ab­so­lute plea­sure to be around on the weekend and were a credit to their club and par­ents.

Back Row: Alana Sheridan, Me­gan McCon­nell, Sive O'Suli­van, Kayleigh Sul­li­van, Rachel Grif­fey, Siob­han Fo­den, Lauren Barry, Leah Fisher, Becky Wray, Ciara Patrick, Ni­cole Ka­vanagh, Sara Carl­strom, Hiedi Keogh Front Row: Daisy McKen­sie, Naoise Alvey, Han­nah Rose Buck­ley, Amy Barry, Jade O'Neill, Sarah Glee­son, Me­gan Dover.

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