Buccaneers Women 19 beat Tuam 5

BUCCANEERS ladies impressed with a solid 19-5 win over Tuam in their Connacht Womens League meeting on a brisk but sun-soaked Dubarry Park, on Sunday. One minute’s silence before kickoff marked the memory of an Anne Marie Sleator relative.

A well-contested affair throughout, Buccs’ Niamh Ni Drumma tormented the visitors with ball-in-hand. The fullback broke the deadlock halfway through the first period when quick hands afforded her space out wide off a lineout. She added the extras. Ni Drumma made another break before halftime but took a heavy knock which forced her to the bench for running repairs.

Slick hands 10minutes into the second half found Christine Mannion who displayed good strength and an eye for an opening scampering in for a try which she also converted to go 14-0 up.

Tuam continued to work hard, their efforts rewarded with a Catherine Begley try on the 60-minute mark. Ni Drumma, battered and bruised, returned to the fray after Sandra Griffin sustained a nasty knock with 12minutes to play, and the pacey fullback outmanoeuvred the visiting defence in a powerful run that saw off a number of would-be tacklers for another splendid try.

In the final minute, Tuam rallied to stop her just short of the line but Buccaneers ran out worthy 19-5 victors. Ni Drumma and Mannion caught the eye while Elaine Conlon, Sinead O’Shea and Emma Stanley did well also.

The Womens team thanks all who generously supported their injured player’s raffle at the weekend.

BUCCANEERS: N.Ni Drumma; Y.O’Shea, S.Griffin, E.Henshaw;E.Stanley, S.Hynds; L.McLoughlin, M.Kiripati, E.Conlon; C.Moore, N.Egan; S.O’Shea and H.Hannett. Replacements used:- A.Kemmy (for Egan), M.Devaney (for Ni Drumma), C.Mannion (for Henshaw), K.Finnerty (for McLoughlin), N.Gough (for Kemmy), N.Egan (for Hannett), A.Corry (for Devaney), Ni Drumma (for Griffin) and R.Bartnikaite (for Moore).


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