It has become a tradition in Bective each season that at one of the AIL pre-match lunches the ladies are made particularly welcome; there is no doubt 2010/11 was bigger and better than its predecessors…

The selected date was in early December when Bective were due to host Malone – but the weather intervened! However, with the match re-fixed for Saturday, 8th January the lunch was rescheduled and each of the 50 women present had a most enjoyable afternoon meeting old friends and making new ones and were warmly welcomed by everyone at the lunch. With over 35 others present, including 15 Bective Past Presidents, the “Bective Dollies” and the journalist and poet Billy Keane, there was a great atmosphere and plenty of colour at the event.

The afternoon started with a pre-lunch glass of bubbly for each of the guests, provided by Barbara and Aoife Culleton. There was a display of items from Boco Jewellery Design, designed and handmade by Bernie Ruddock who stayed for the lunch as did her daughter Katie. Bernie is the wife of Mike Ruddock, current Ireland Under-20 coach, who before he coached Wales to Grand Slam glory had the great task of coaching and even playing in Bective!

When everyone sat down for lunch the guests received a generous “Goodie Bag”, each of which contained skin care products (kindly donated by Danielle Randall of Nimue Skin Technology and also by “Yes to Carrots”), magazines from Image Publications and a Newbridge Silverware Christmas Tree decoration.

Club caterer John Piggott provided a first-rate lunch, up to his usual standard and Senior Vice-President Michael McGrail was the MC. There was a raffle with excellent prizes – items from Newbridge Silverware, a meal for two in the Purple Sage Restaurant of Stillorgan Park Hotel (Daragh O’Neill), a pearl bracelet donated by the Boco collection, champagne, toiletries and beauty treatments. Some of the guests donated prizes for the raffle; Anne Smyth, Elva Murphy, Siobhan Ni Mhathuna, Aoife Culleton and Carol O’Flanagan.

All the winners were delighted with their prizes, and having had their tickets drawn, some of our visitors from Malone went home with very attractive gifts.

The enthusiastic organising of the lunch by Club PRO, Barbara Culleton, assisted by Aoife Culleton and topped by such great company, definitely made this the most successful of all the Ladies Lunches so far. The day was capped by a great performance on the pitch and a five-try win for Bective.