Last Tuesday night (January 18) almost fifty girls trained at Westport RFC, confirming the energy there is in Westport around girls youth rugby at the moment. The test of progress nonetheless was going to be last Saturday (January 22), when the under 15’s had their first real match, against Connemara, and the under 17’s had their second match against Ballina. Both teams came through with flying colours.

The u15’s played a tight, competitive game with either side edging one try ahead and the other responding immediately until the final quarter of the game when the Westport girls powered ahead to win by 12 tries to 8. It was a very promising performance, particularly considering that several girls were very new to rugby. Both teams really enjoyed what was a very sporting game and great thanks to the team and coaches from Connemara. No doubt there will be another day.

The under 17s took on a Ballina team that had beaten them well last October.  But yesterday the dedication, commitment, talent and sheer enthusiasm of the Westport girls shone through when they convincingly beat the Ballina girls 7 tries to 1. Thanks also to the Ballina team and coaches. Hopefully a healthy, positive, rivalry will continue to develop which will help build the girls’ game in Mayo. Wendy Hickey and Emer O’Dowd from Connacht Rugby were at the match to begin the process of picking a Connacht under 17 squad and they were very impressed with what they saw.

Training takes place on Tuesday at the usual time of 18.45 to 20.15. New girls are always welcome.

For more information on this or an anything to do with the girls’ youth rugby contact Daphne Haire Mooney on 087 7682594.




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