Mamie hopes to pro­mote the game for women in Ark­low

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT - MAMIE QUIRKE Ark­low RFC

MAMIE QUIRKE is the fourth mem­ber of her fam­ily to be Pres­i­dent of Ark­low Rugby Club, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of her fa­ther and two brothers.

In­deed, her fa­ther was a found­ing mem­ber of the rugby club in the town.

She was the first woman to ever sit on the ex­ec­u­tive com- mit­tee of the club in the early 1990s and is the sec­ond fe­male Pres­i­dent, tak­ing the role from Diane Hunt Byrne.

“I was very honoured to be asked to be pres­i­dent of the club. They’re a great bunch of peo­ple, the ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple in the club love the game and they love sup­port­ing the game. They love coach­ing the kids. We have a big women’s sec­tion and it’s go­ing very well.

“It’s all very pos­i­tive, I love be­ing pres­i­dent of the club. I find it deep­ens my con­nec­tion with the club. I’ve been go­ing to rugby matches since I was about eight years of age but I feel a much deeper con­nec­tion with the club this year.”

One thing that she did not ex­pect com­ing into the club is the amount of money needed to keep it go­ing.

“Fundrais­ing is very dif­fi­cult in the club. To run a club is re­ally ex­pen­sive.”

They have a num­ber of ini­tia­tives and their lat­est fundrais­ing event is a cook­ing demon­stra­tion by Kevin Dun­don who is com­ing to the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel on March 23rd.

The Ama­zons, the name of the se­nior ladies team, started back in 2010. For Mamie how­ever women’s rugby didn’t start early enough.

“I would have loved to play rugby. I played one game when I was about 16, we played girls against the boys, a fun game. I played in a tag rugby tour­na­ment about eight years ago but, yeah, I would loved to have played.”

The women’s sec­tion is very ac­tive in the club and, like any club in any sport, are there in the back­ground will­ing to do any­thing.

“They do so much to help out, if you need any­thing ask the women and they’ll do it. I’m not say­ing the men aren’t but the women are just bril­liant. They’re do­ing very well in the league, they’re do­ing much bet­ter than the men this year.”

Look­ing to­wards the fu­ture, Mamie has one hope.

“I sup­pose it would be to se­cure more mem­bers so that we could have a first team and a sec­ond team. If we could pro­mote the game of rugby for women in the town and show they how en­joy­able it is and in­crease our mem­ber­ship that would be great.”

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