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Thursday 19 October 2017

Amazons tamed with a drubbing by Drumettes

Rathdrum Ladies rugby team, the longest established ladies senior team in Wicklow, got their season off to a flying start.

After defeat to a strong New Ross, the Drumettes took on the Arklow Amazons last Sunday in Rathdrum, in the Leinster Division 4 League.

From the blow of the first whistle, the Drumettes showed great skill, speed and strength as they crossed the try line three times in the first half with great runs being made by No8 Ann-Marie Burke, No13 Andrena Murphy and new player Edwina Sawyer.

By full time, the Drumettes had crossed the try line another four times, with tries from Amy O'Neill, Stephanie Ward, Emily Ryan and Christina O'Byrne. Three tries were converted by fly-half Mo Dowling. The final score ended 41-0.

Rathdrum Ladies' pace and commitment was shown on Sunday and the weeks of hard training and fitness is continuously improving the Drumettes' form. Training takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Ivy Leaf Grounds, Rathdrum, where the Drumettes' experienced coaches and fitness instructors put the girls through their paces to strive for continuous improvement each week.

Many new players have joined the squad this year and have already got on the scoreboard, some of whom had never played rugby before until their first training session. The Drumettes now boast a strong dedicated squad which is coached by Neil Short (head coach), Sue Brady, and Johnny Conway.

All player levels are welcome to join the team and give this great sport a go. Be part of a progressive, dedicated, loyal and friendly team. Rathdrum rugby club fields two men's senior teams, one ladies senior team, a new U19's team, and a team for all age groups right down to mini's levels.

The club that plays together also socialises together! A large variety of fundraising and social events take place in the club, so if you don't fancy playing rugby, come along and support your local team at any of our parties, quiz nights, race nights, and activity days.

All enquires for The Rathdrum Ladies, call the captain, Grainne O'Kelly, on 086-3994244. For Mens Senior players, call the captain, Michael Dowling, on 087-6735177. For all junior level (U17's and below) call Ronnie Downey on 087-9890552. For all mini enquiries, call Larry Parsons on 087-2823755. For all fundraising enquires and how to support your local club, e-mail Andrea at rathdrumrugby@gmail.com. Check out www.rathdrumrugby.com for match reports and photos!

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