Canterbury Warriors (Carrick/Longford) 22 Tuam 0

The Canterbury Warriors took on Tuam RFC women’s team on Sunday last at Longford RFC in their second meeting in the Connacht Women’s League.  In their last clash, the Galway outfit stole a win by two points.  

The Warriors were out of the traps from the kickoff, utilising their pack well, securing good ball and sucking in the oppositions defence.  This clever play by the warriors was rewarded when Spanish pocket rocket Mirium Gonzolo, put in a try left of the posts however outhalf Emma Dardis, narrowly missed the conversion.  They continually placed pressure on Tuams defence and were rewarded with a penalty under the posts which Dardis successfully put over.  At half time the warriors were up 8-0.

From the restart the Warriors continued to put pressure on the Galway outfit both at the line out and turning several scrums against the head.  However the Tuam women got their heads back in the game for a short while which saw the warriors defend superbly. However, their line was preserved and an excellent kick from Dardis seen the ball well into the oppositions half.  Poor handling saw the hosts knock the ball on just outside the Tuam 22.  Tuam won the scrum but a long pass from 10 to 12 saw Natasha Pennamon, Warriors 12, read the pass well and intercept running the try in under the posts in what was a try worthy of any professional match. Dardis converted.

From the KO the warriors put persistent pressure on the Tuam women and stayed camped in their 22. The last 9 minutes of the match saw the Warriors forwards dig deep and retain good ball for the backs.  A break from Leona Mulvehill-Farrell saw the Tuam wing put in a clumsy tackle and unfortunately Leona Finnish there with a suspected dislocated ankle.  The long break in play didn’t distract her team mates who with minutes to go got the ball to centre Claire McDermott. She broke past two Tuam tackles to score the third try of the match. Carol Manning converted to see the final score 22-0.  

Woman of the Match: Yvonne Dowd

Barry McGonigle 


Gillian McDarby appointed IRFU Head of Women’s Performance & Pathways