Ram­pag­ing Rathdrum

Wicklow People - - SPORT -


ON Sun­day, the Rathdrum women trav­elled a fa­mil­iar road to Coolava­coose Car­bury to face Eden­derry RFC.

Rathdrum were com­ing off the back on a solid per­for­mance over Car­low the week pre­vi­ous whilst Eden­derry have strug­gled with num­bers thus far this sea­son. As such, this made for a de­cid­edly one sided af­fair at Eden­derry with Rathdrum grow­ing steadily in con­fi­dence week by week.

As with the pre­vi­ous week, Rathdrum opened brightly. Re­ceiv­ing the open­ing kick off from Eden­derry they marched up the field with some line break­ing runs from the Rathdrum back­line.

Within one minute of kick off Linda Dempsey powered across the line to open the score­board, Heather Cullen con­verted as Rathdrum pre­pared to re­ceive an­other kick off.

In a re­peat of the open­ing kick off, Rathdrum once again at­tacked the Eden­derry de­fen­sive line with in­ten­sity, gain­ing yard after yard. Some very solid ruck­ing from the Rathdrum pack al­lowed for fast ball and sud­denly full back Caitlin Olo­han was sprint­ing to­wards the Eden­derry 22. Ex­cel­lent hands from the full back put Laura Ka­vanagh into space and the speedy winger burst across the line for the sec­ond of the day.

In a time when you would ex­pect Eden­derry to drop their heads, they upped the in­ten­sity, and even­tu­ally got their chance to at­tack due to a Rathdrum knock on. Rathdrum de­fended well but fol­low­ing an in­fringe­ment -Eden­derry drove across the line for their only score of the game.

Dis­grun­tled but not de­terred, Rathdrum marched on. The ball moved across the field with ease as Rathdrum vowed to keep the ball alive. It wasn’t long be­fore winger Laura Ka­vanagh found her­self once again strid­ing to­wards the try line. How­ever, Eden­derry were alert to her threat and made ground to tackle. The winger showed great aware­ness to keep her­self driv­ing through the tackle un­til the line was reach­able, she dived across for her sec­ond and Rathdrum’s third of the day.

With Rathdrum’s con­fi­dence ris­ing steadily, and some fan­tas­tic go for­ward ball be­ing pro­vided by the hard work­ing Rathdrum pack, Eden­derry were stretched across the field. A good break up the right wing by Tr­ish Byrne found Sammy Mc Coy in sup­port, she in turn found Noelle Ward who stormed to­wards the try-line. Some great cover de­fense by Eden­derry stopped Ward just short but a quick re­cy­cle found Aine Geoghe­gan who hap­pily dived across the line for the fourth try of the day.

With about seven min­utes re­main­ing in the first half, Rathdrum abated and per­haps hit their lull of the match. Whilst they re­mained solid in de­fense, with some text­book tack­les from both cap­tain Kel­lie Fen­nell and prop Han­nah Fen­nell keep­ing Eden­derry at bay, their at­tack failed to pro­duce any fur­ther scores and the first half closed 24–5. The first score of the sec­ond half was to come from a Rathdrum scrum deep in their own 22. A draw and pass from Lisa Cahill set Caitlin Olo­han away up the blind side, she stepped through and out­paced five Eden­derry de­fend­ers and sprinted the 65 meters to score un­der the posts.

Heather Cullen added the con­ver­sion and the Rathdrum con­fi­dence was back on the rise. Rathdrum both at­tacked and de­fended hard with Emily Ryan and Aoife Mc Grath poach­ing Eden­derry ball at will.

Be­fore long, some fine for­ward play found Stephanie Ward-Wind­sor at­tack­ing the try line, she fell short but a quick re­cy­cle found out-half Mo Dowl­ing. Dowl­ing sold the Eden­derry back­line to sail through and across the Eden­derry line, Heather Cullen added the points. The Rathdrum pack, al­though the lighter bunch worked re­mark­ably hard to twart Eden­derry’s set plays, in par­tic­u­lar Nikki Fen­nel caus­ing dis­rup­tion in the line outs and Aoife Byrne dis­rupt­ing the scrum.

The next try came from Heather Cullen, who had at­tacked the Eden­derry line fe­ro­ciously all day. She was fi­nally re­warded when a ball taken at her fa­mil­iar pace saw her burst through across for the eight Rathdrum try. She added the con­ver­sion and was ea­ger for more. Be­fore long Cullen made an­other break but was stopped be­fore the line, an­other quick re­cy­cle found the Rathdrum back­line and a su­perb draw and pass from Sammy Mc Coy saw Caitlin Olo­han power across for her sec­ond of the day. The game fin­ished 53-5.

Next week see our Se­nior Women travel to Mullingar in the Di­vi­sion 1 League whilst our de­vel­op­ment team will play their first Di­vi­sion 4 game at home at 1pm.

Squad: Linda Dempsey, Becky Con­dron, Han­nah Fen­nell, Aine Geoghe­gan, Aoife Mc Grath, Nikki Fen­nell, Kel­lie Fen­nell, Noelle Ward, Lisa Cahill, Mo Dowl­ing, Laura Ka­vanagh, Sammy Mc Coy, Heather Cullen, Tr­ish Byrne, Caitlin Olo­han, Emily Ryan, Aoife Byrne, Stephanie Ward-Wind­sor, Neasa Cliss­man, Vickie Doyle.

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