Ballinasloe U15’s and Ballina U18’s girls lift trophies in the Sportsground 

Ballinasloe Girls CupA very strong Ballinasloe U15’s side took to the pitch on Saturday’s marathon of matches in the Sportsground against Ballina/Creggs. Some excellent rugby was played, with numerous tries being scored from the Ballinasloe team. Ballina/Creggs never gave up and fought until the end, with a converted try coming near the end of the game. Ballinasloe, who won the Cup last season, were just to strong for the combined team, and Georgia Codyre once again lifted the Cup in victory. 

Ballina Girls CupNot long after the final whistle from the U15’s match appeared the U18’s teams from Ballina/Creggs and Westport/Galwegians combined teams. It was going to be an exciting match, as both teams’ players know each other very well, many of them part of the Connacht U18’s team. It was a well fought match from the outset. Westwegians didn’t capitalize on their opponents’ mistakes, and Ballina/Creggs came out on top, beating Westwegians 17-5. 

​Wendy Hickey, WCRO, was happy with how the day unfolded. “The chance to have 3 cup finals in the sportsground on the same day created a great atmosphere for players, coaches, and supporters. The clubs also brought their mini girls who were part of the day, lining up for the guard of honour and taking to the pitch themselves at half time. I would like to thank the Connacht Branch for their support in hosting the Cup finals, as well as all the supporters who braved the elements to cheer on the players. And lastly, to the coaches, managers, and parents who give up their time to support the girls with their rugby development. Without them, days like that would not be possible.”


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