Rugby : SSI Ladies vs NUIG

Match Type: SSI

Date & Time: October 17th 2018, 2:30 pm

Location: The Farm

Outcome: win

Score: 27 vs 12

Match Report: “Third time lucky for UCC with 27-12 victory over NUI Galway in Round 2 of SSI Women’s league” Round 2 of the SSI Women’s league kicked off this week with the UCC Women hosting their Galwegian rivals, NUIG in the Farm, Curraheen. This rivalry has been showcased the last 3 years to say the least, with UCC missing out to an All Ireland Title back in 2016. Both UCC & NUIG squads have changed dramatically since that 2016 battle, UCC losing key players such as the likes of Hannah O’Sullivan, Ciara O’Dwyer, Laura Delaney & Emily Lane to name just a handful. However, 2018 brought plenty of new talented individuals to bring a fresh skills & energy to the team. Initially UCC were slow to switch on upon kick off, not being able to defend a break by NUIG’s centre who managed to secure a try just left of the posts. The try was converted despite the delay by NUIG’s captain. UCC recomposed themselves under the posts and came back with a fighting spirit. High work rate by the UCC pack recycled & secured clean ball for the backs allowing UCC’s fullback, Louise Ryan to capitalise with a try. The try was converted by Kelly Griffin to level the score at 7 all. With the adrenaline pumping, daring scrum half Andi confidently dummied passed to extend over the try line adding a further 5 points for UCC. NUIG dangerously passed the ball out wide to their speedy winger. With the try line in sight NUIG thought they were in for a sure try however, defended by a massive tackle put in by vice captain Kelly G to push the winger into touch. Further confident carries & side stepping by no.8, Caolainn Healy & a fearless hand off & run by Captain Niamh O’Regan saw the UCC team gaining territory up the pitch. Efficient rucking set up the opportunity for a beautiful team try scored by prop Kelly Brady, not converted bringing the score to 17-7 for the home team. Consistent tackles put in by Jessica Kearney, Naoise Murray & the rest of the team allowed UCC to once again claim possession of the ball. UCC accelerated up the pitch. A quick pass from the forwards to Kelly Griffin saw her fearlessly diving over the line to make it the 4th try for UCC. NUIG kept the energy & intensity up with the forwards ploughing up the field. The ball was becoming dangerously close to the try line. An immense shift was done in defence by UCC preventing the try as the ball was held up by UCC forwards. However, unfortunately following a 5 metre scrum NUIG managed to sneak down the blind side, narrowly scoring their 2nd try. The corner try wasn’t converted by NUIG’s captain, despite a great effort making the score 22-12 The last 10 minutes saw flawless passes by the UCC backs with explosive carries by centres Siofra Finnegan & Orlaith Phelan offloaded to full back Louise to glide over the try line evading the NUIG defence to seize her 2nd try of the day increasing the lead to 27-12. With the clock ticking down the blood & adrenaline was still pumping. Caolainn Healy, no.8 for UCC spotted weaknesses in the NUIG defence and ran a great line off Kelly G. The offload to the oncoming flanker unfortunately didn’t go to hand and the scrum was the last play to wrap up the match. Although a few mistakes were made on the day there was a definite improvement for the UCC side following their defeat over DCU the previous week. No doubt these mistakes can be ironed out as the UCC Women grow more as a team & take on UL, UCD & IT Carlow in the upcoming rounds of the league. As the president of UCC, Patrick O’Shea said himself “You can’t spell Success without UCC”… UCC take on UL next week, away on the 24th of October. KO 4PM. UCC Panel: 1. Kelly Brady 2. Leanne Nash 3. Naoise Murray (VC) 4. Marie Martin 5. Jessica Kearney 6. Caroline Downey 7. Niamh O’Regan (C) 8. Caolainn Healy 9. Andi Synder 10. Kelly Griffin (VC) 11. Ellen O’Keeffe 12. Siofra Finnegan 13. Orlaith Phelan 14. Michelle Stafford 15. Louise Ryan 17. Clara Babbott-Ward 18. Marz Keane 19. Eileen O’Connor 20. Kate Jenkin 21. Ciara Cunningham