Tuam 0 – Galwegians 48

After a less than ideal start to their provincial cup ambitions following two walkovers and a postponed fixture, Galwegians played their first competitive game in a month making the short trip to Tuam to play one of the province’s up and coming women’s teams. The absence of personnel saw a reshuffle in the Galwegians line-up but this did not affect the visitor’s focus as they saw out the match as comfortable winners. The match also provided many of its less-experienced but highly capable players with much needed game time.

CaryA brace of tries from full-back Sarah Healy and centre Eugenie Fritsch were added to by the first tries of the season for prop Angela Flaherty, flanker Maire Murray and wing Marie Estivals, with outhalf Claire Raftery on kicking duty. Lock Heather Cary was unfortunate not to see some of her fine runs fall short of the try line while Alma Lacken continued to impress as she slotted seamlessly into the role of winger. Meanwhile, in the pack, front-row Shona Craig and flanker Sarah Brady demonstrated why they were on the starting XV with some excellent tackling and support play.

Tuam, under the charge of last season’s Galwegians captain Jean Wynne, showed immense strength and determination, especially during the second half, rattling Galwegians with some fine counter-rucking and strong ball-carrying. Unlucky not to get a score, their development over the last season has been demonstrably immense and will undoubtedly continue for the foreseeable future. Galwegians, though happy with the result, will have work to do if they are to earn a result against their next opponents, Blackrock, away this coming Sunday.

Galwegians: Angela Flaherty, Tosh Haywood, Shona Craig, Katherine McDonagh, Heather Cary, Sarah Brady, Maire Murray, Emer O’Dowd, Anne O’Callaghan, Claire Raftery, Alma Lacken, Sorcha ni Chadhain, Eugenie Fritsch, Marie Estivals, Sarah Healy, Marie Foley.



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