Clifden3_546x640Shrieks, screams and shivers sound more like a horror flick soundtrack than midweek footy festival, but Tuesday’s Galway County interschool girls blitz tended more toward the terrific than horrific, a blast for players and spectators alike.Clifden6_640x344

Temperatures conspired against too frenetic a pace for Tuesday’s tournament but enthusiasm and enjoyment hardly suffered. Thirteen junior and senior teams from five different schools descended on the Liam Mellows’ turf in Ballyloughan, Renmore, for two hours of seven-a-side touch rugby. 

Connemara’s Clifden Community School landed with four teams, three Colaiste na Coiribe complements, and two apiece from Galway City’s Presentation College, Ballygar, and Seamount (Kinvarra). 

Clifden5_640x423Player experience ranged from green-tinged rookie to intermediate level at 11am kickoff time, but had improved across the board by the time 1pm drew near. 

Women’s Branch co-ordinator Wendy Hickey was delighted with the giant strides the Presentation girls made, and heaped similar praise on Colaiste na Coiribe for heightened skill levels within only a couple of hours.

In between squeals of delight and good-natured protests, several among the girls volunteered positive feedback for the mid-morning pow-wow, and were duly appreciative of the efforts made by school rugby co-ordinators, Branch referees and Ms Hickey who oversaw the fixture.Clifden4_640x349

Each team completed a minimum of four games throughout the two hours, scorelines seldom straying more than three scores apart. The Girls blitz campaign continues this week in Castlebar, and draws schools from Westport and Sligo.

The girls under16 and 18 clubs tri-series involving Westport, Ballina and the composite Dunmore-Connemara teams continues this weekend in Ballina, last weekend’s Dunmore fixture was rained out. Connemara hosts the final round of regular play next weekend (February 11,12) before the champions playoff later in the month.



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