Cavan Ladies Rugby Team travelled to Westmanstown RFC on Sunday 14th September to play in the 50th Anniversary of the Garda RFC. They took on the Garda Ladies rugby team in the Acheson Memorial Cup. The Garda team had won the last three encounters so the Cavan ladies knew they had a tough
Cavan got off to a slow start and unfortunately after 5 mins found themselves behind by a converted try. Cavan got their act together and with great forward play from Claire McDermott and Rosie Morgan, they were soon punching holes in the Garda defence. Cavan were unlucky not to reap any reward from backs made from Shauna Brady and Kathleen Dawson in the first help but instead saw the Garda slip more ahead when they were rewarded a penalty in front of the posts to take the lead by ten points.
Paige Conroy kicked off for Cavan ladies again and they soon camped themselves in the Garda twenty two. Kathy King led the charge by taking a quick penalty and when the ball was secure, fast hands out the back line saw a new member of the team, Kate Bartey, power over the line to score Cavan’s first try of the day. Conroy was unfortunate not to convert. Cavan trailed 5-10 at halftime.
The second half started like the first with the Garda being the first to get points in the scoreboard with another penalty in front of the points to take the lead 5-13. However, Cavan soon found themselves on the Garda five metre line. After three scrums, the ball was recycled out to the back line. Conroy dummied the opposition to sneak over the try line. Conroy also added the conversion to leave the score close at 12-13. Cavan knew the game was within their grasp and their hard work was led by Aisling O’Connell and Yvonne Courtney as they continued to tackle hard. Great support play by Clodagh Brady and Elena Farrell saw each ball secured. Cavan’s back line off Deirdre O’Reilly, Gillian Martin, Shauna Brady, Kate Bartley and Grainne Brady stopped every attempt made by the Garda to make ground. Powerful, straight running from O’Reilly, Martin, Brady, Bartley and O’Connell instead posed questions to the Garda defence as they continued to break the line.
Time was running out for the Cavan ladies. They found themselves instead the Garda twenty two with three minutes to go. Again strong, direct running from Kathy King, Claire McDermott and Rosie Morgan opened a gap in the Garda defence for scrum half Kathleen Dawson to sneak through. With a side step to the left and then to the right, the Garda full back was beaten and Dawson scored under the posts. Conroy, whose kicking was exceptional all afternoon, added another two points to the scoreline. Cavan took the lead for the first time in the match, 19-12, and as the final whistle blew the Cavan ladies couldn’t believe their achievement.
Cavan ladies train in Swellan park every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30 – new players are always welcome.
The Cavan team: Kathy King, Clodagh Brady, Rosie Morgan, Yvonne Courtney, Elena Farrell, Aisling O’Connell, Claire McDermott, Grainne Brady, Kathleen Dawson, Paige Conroy, Deirdre O’Reilly, Gillian Martin, Kate Bartley, Shauna Brady, Chloe Browne.
Cavan Under 14’s Vs Virginia
Co Cavan Under 14 team (sponsored by Smiths Diner, Drumalee) played an pre-season friendly against a Virginia under 14 selection. The teams were matched so as to provide a good competitive game that would allow the game to flow. From a Cavan rugby perspective there was alot to be encouraged about. Some of our experienced players performed well, notable Jamie McMullan, Naoise McKenna, Ryan Maguire and Adam Brady. Encouragingly a number of our new players stood out such as Kilian Denning and Conor Geoghegan. Mention must be made of the heroic tackling by Glenn Browne and Chris Elliott. There are a number of areas that need to be worked on but none the less there is reason to be optimistic that this group of players from Co Cavan Rugby Club can continue from there the good play of last season. Our League campaign starts with a home fixture against Ballynahinch RFC on 11 October.
Squad: Conor Jermyn, Lloyd Hastings, Conor Geoghegan, Joe Kiernan, Kilian Brady, Liam Fannon, Chris Elliott, Dean Redmond, Adam Brady, Kilian Denning, Thomas Fisher, Ryan Maguire, Glenn Browne, Adam Farrell, Jamie McMullan, Neil Lowry, Matthew Mahood, Naoise McKenna, Eoin McCaffrey, Stuart Smyth, Ryan Hughes