Women’s Rugby World Cup visits Balbriggan
BALBRIGGAN RFC welcomed an important piece of silverware to the club recently in the shape of the Women’s Rugby World Cup Trophy which is touring the country to promote Ireland’s hosting of the World Cup, later this year.
In August of this year, Ireland will host the Women’s Rugby World Cup. In advance of the tournament taking place on Irish soil, the trophy is being brought on a whistle-stop tour of the country, and has already visited Áras an Uachtarain, and is visiting clubs and festivals around the country.
Balbriggan RFC were fortunate to be among those clubs selected to host the Women’s Rugby World Cup trophy for an evening.
To mark the occasion, the club held a ‘Women In Sport’ themed event, that included tag rugby for girls. The club was delighted to have Ireland International Marie Louise ‘Maz’ Reilly in attendance.
The second row player has 50 caps for Ireland. She was part of the Irish team that won the Six Nations in 2013 (Grand Slam) and 2015. Maz was also on the Irish team that finished 4th in the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014.
Girls from various sports including O’Dwyer’s GAA football team, Bracken Boxing Club, Balbriggan FC and Leinster Cricket joined ladies and girls rugby players from Balbriggan RFC.
A team of girls also travelled from Ashbourne RFC.
Those in attendance included Tess Maritz of Leinster Cricket, Niamh Fay winner of several Irish boxing titles and member of the Ireland boxing team that will compete this month in the European Championships along with Dublin champion boxers Molly Bennett, Kacie Caldwell and Dympna Whelan. Balbriggan RFC are very grateful to Alex Denby for bringing the WRWC to Balbriggan, Maz Reilly and everyone else that made the special effort to participate in this Women in Sport event at Balbriggan RFC.
Bracken Boxing Club members, l to r : Molly Bennett, Kacie Caldwell, Niamh Fay & Dympna Whelan, with Maz Reilly. Pic: Caroline McFadden
Balbriggan FC members. Pic: Caroline McFadden