VIRGINIA UNDER 15 GIRLS DOMINATE IN MULLINGAR
On Saturday afternoon Mullingar RFC hosted the Virginia under 15 girls in a friendly match. Within the first few minutes Virginia put their mark on the game with a try from Lisa Mullen, which was quickly followed by another from Sarah McNamee. Mullingar worked hard to defend their line but the visitors were not to be stoppped and Lisa added a further try which she also converted with little difficulty. Following a penalty for Mullingar within their own twenty two, Amanda McQuade intercepted a pass and went over for a try. However Mullingar were not giving up and just before the half time whistle scored a well deserved try between the posts. The half time score was 22-5 in the visitor’s favour.
The second half started at the same fast pace and Virginia added to their score straight after kick off with a try from Sorcha Higgins, ably converted by Lisa Mullen. The inclement weather didn’t deter Virginia who dominated the second half throughout and a further two pushover tries were scored by Amanda McQuade and Ava Fannin, with Lisa converting the first. The final score was 41 -5 to Virginia. Well done girls and many thanks to Mullingar RFC for their hospitality. Virginia looks forward to returning the hospitality in Deerpark in the next few weeks.
Team: Sarah Drumm, Sorcha Higgins, Ava Fannin, Sorcha McCormack, Rebecca Snell, Nicole Higgins, Rachael McEnroe, Amanda McQuade, Lisa Mullen, Ciara Byers, Amber Redmond, Sarah McNamee and Ruth Gilsenan.
UNDER 18 GIRLS VIRGINIA 17 – 5 MONAGHAN
On a cold and wet Sunday afternoon, Virginia under 18 girls played host to our near neighbours Monaghan in a friendly match. For the first twently minutes both teams defended their lines steadily and Virginia had to work hard on a few occassions to deny the visitors a score. Virginia’s persistance was rewarded and following a scrum in Monaghan’s twenty two. Laura Keogan reached over in the corner for the first try of the match.. The half time score was 5-0 to the hosts.
The second half started with the same physical intensity as the first. A pass out to the wing from the centre allowed Amy Whitley to run in for a try in the corner. Both sides continued to fight hard for possession, and following a quick tap penalty passed to Laura Keogan, she crashed over for a try under the posts, which she converted with ease. Monaghan were not to be deterred and their efforts were rewarded with a late try in the corner. Final score 17-5 in Virginia’s favour. An excellent display all round from both teams.
Thanks to Monaghan for travelling and wishing them good luck in the first round of the Cup which they are due to play next weekend. Best wishes to the Virginia girls who travel to Bangor for their first round of the Cup on March 8th.
Team: Niamh Daly, Sara Whitley, Megan Higgins, Megan Brodie, Cáolinn McCormack, Diana Whyte, Victoria Whyte, Tara O’Reilly, Amy Whitley, Sarah Gilsenan, Laura Keogan, Leah Gregory. Rebecca Warren, Ciara Dent and Ciara Brown.