The Good the Bad and the Thin White Line

Galwegians Ladies Rugby Team year in review

Here's something most people don't know. Galwegians have a Ladies Senior Rugby Team and are currently plying their skills in the All Ireland League Division 1. And they are not doing too badly at all.

After what can only be described as an unsatisfactory 2005 – 2006 season, Galwegians Ladies Rugby Team finished a lowly 8th in the All Ireland League, narrowly avoiding relegation to AIL div 2. Surprisingly this was a remarkable achievement considering that this team had not got a recognisable coaching structure for last season and indeed for the previous two seasons. A few of the longer serving members of this club took it upon themselves to organise their own training sessions, their own equipment, their own travel and to boot their own sponsorship. The fact that this club is still up and running is testament to the hard work and dedication of the Club and its members. But survive they did and as the old adage goes " what doesn't kill you makes you stronger".


The team was already touted for certain relegation to AIL 2 even before the current season began. This galvanised the Ladies and armed with a newfound fervour and drive decided to structure the club more professionally. This started in May of 2006 when they recruited three coaches to manage training and matches.  This left the Galwegians Ladies Committee free to organise the Recruiting and Logistics for the current season.


To cut a long story short training commenced at the start of July 2006 and is held every Tuesday and Friday night at 7:30pm @ Crowley Park. The number of Club members has increased from a point where GLRFC were struggling to fulfil fixtures to twenty-seven playing members. In addition to training the Players regularly use the gym in Crowley Park.


At present GLRFC lie in sixth place in the league, one point off fifth but with a game in hand on all teams in AIL 1. The game in hand is against a struggling Ballincollig  in Cork on Sunday 14th Jan'07, which Galwegians should win. If Galwegians win this game in hand and manage to attain a bonus point in the process this would leave the team one point off the play off places with two games to play. Lofty heights indeed.


Going forward…to achieve success in this league and to be able to realistically compete with the likes of UL Bohemians, Blackrock and Highfield  then GLRFC would need a player base of 35+ plus players. If you are interested, over eighteen and are prepared to be committed to two nights training plus a match on Sundays please contact Jacqui at 087 825 8128. It is worth noting also that Galwegians contributed almost 20 players to the Connacht Ladies team this year.



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