Wednesday 3.03.10
Bucc’s v Tuam RFC
Dubarry Park.

Last Wednesday, under perfect conditions for rugby, Tuam ladies took on Buccaneers at Dubarry Park. The build up to the game was not ideal for Tuam as a certain coaches nerves became frayed with three of her players last seen heading towards Mullingar 10 minutes prior to kick off and a blow out on the motorway for another.
The outcome looked ominous for the night ahead. However, with several frantic phone calls by manager Medbh Killilea, relaying directions etc all players were finally accounted for and the game started with a Tuam kick off.
Right from the start the Tuam girls took the game to Bucc’s; within 4minutes Tuam Fullback (Amie Hardiman) gathered a Garryowen just inside the Tuam half and on a great individual run rounded the defense to score under the posts. Not to be out done the forwards once inside the Athlone 22 took a deserved try through good support play.
Tuam continued with good team play throughout the first half, though unorganized at times, tries came through the forwards and backs alike.
Going into the second half Tuam already had four tries up on the scoreboard. Bucc’s not to be take things lying down stepped up their play, but a solid Tuam defense ensured their lines were never broken. Tamara Mc Gough showed great power in attack and was superb in defense for Tuam and appeared to be everywhere on the pitch.
Tuam consistently drove their opposition backwards and won several turn over balls as a result of the inflicted pressure. In the line out lifters Mary Murphy and Cathy Gormally ensured that jumper Marian Sheridan was in prime position on defensive line outs and a total of 6 line-outs were stolen.
Athlone never gave up and continued to push into the Tuam half throughout the second half. Tuam did themselves no favors with several infringements leading to Athlone penalties. However Athlone rather than taking a scrum or line out option from penalties continued to run the ball into the heart of a solid Tuam defense. While all players showed great determination and with great support and team play evident throughout, Amie Hardiman, Cathy Gormally and Grainne Divilly were stand out players for Tuam on the night. Tuam eventually ran out as confident winners with a final score of 36 nil.


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