Women’s Rugby World Cup vis­its Bal­brig­gan

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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

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