Balbriggan Senior Ladies team kicked off their Leinster league campaign with a narrow defeat on the road against Wicklow.
In conditions so wet the local animals were seen walking around 2 by 2, both teams put on a fantastic display of rugby.
After some early home pressure Balbriggan dominated the first half and got their reward when debutante centre Rachel Fanning forced her way for a thoroughly deserved try. Laura McDonald’s conversion gave us a 0-7 lead at the break.
Wicklow’s greater squad size told in the second half when, despite a Herculean defensive effort by Balbriggan, they were able to cross for 2 tries to seal the victory. Final score: Wicklow 12 Balbriggan 7.
A great performance from all 14 ladies who traveled with Rachel deservedly voted player of the match for her excellent performance on both sides of the ball. A special mention also to our other debutantes Lou McCleery playing in the unfamiliar position of out half and Tilly Meade playing her first ever game of rugby.
Next up for the ladies is a home game against UCD, next Sunday. All support is very welcome.