When 150 of the best dressed ladies descended for the first ever Ladies Day, Greystones RFC was transformed…

The club wanted to run a Ladies Day to welcome new members and make the club more female friendly.

On arrival the ladies enjoyed a Prosecco reception generously sponsored by O’Brien’s Wines. Once they found their table (all named after famous movies stars of the forties and fifties), they enjoyed a four course meal as always prepared by Margaret Byrne and with wine and coffee generously sponsored by Robert Roberts.

The President welcomed the Ladies and gave some top fashion tips for the day and, as one of the judges of the Best Dressed Lady award, what they would be looking out for.

With lunch over, the First XV began their victory over the visitors. With the sun shining, guests in a great mood and a fasntasitc win, the day was just getting better and better! For those not interested in watching the rugby, the girls from Pretty Exquisite were offering to do the Ladies eyelashes, nails or makeup. And with a mixologist from The Martello showing how to make the perfect cocktail, there was plenty to keep everyone amused.

Now the serious part of the day, when the winner of the Best Dressed Lady was announced by Judges Alan Keyes, Peter Butler and John Doyle. Runner up Barbara Furey received beautiful Newbridge Jewellery and six Newbridge Wine Glasses.

The winner Lizanne Molloy who looked stunning in cream (and who had made her own handbag!) received a Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 smartphone, a session with the Style Counsel in Dundrum Town Centre, and some goodies from La Roche Posay.

Next stop the raffle with amazing prizes from Aherlow House Hotel in Tipperary, a Smashbox Burlesque Cosmetic Case, Vouchers from Avoca and Studio 54, A night at the movies from Movies @ Dundrum, Dinner for two in the Wicklow Arms and lunch in Mount Usher Gardens, a 3 month VIP Car Valet and Beauty gift from Lady G as well as a Beauty Hamper from Sam McCauley Chemist. The generously donated prizes meant that the raffle generated a much needed 1,900 euro for the Club.

Once the senior squad had showered and changed after the match, they were up on stage to be auctioned off to the Ladies in the Slave Auction.

Club Captain Barry Holmes, try scorer Ronan Carroll, Dylan Fawsitt, Ben Armstrong, James Power, Aaron Higgs and Eoin Toolan all caused a bidding frenzy, and with a massive amount of bids in particular on the signed Ireland jersey from the recent France match as modelled by Dylan Fawsitt, the excitement in the room reached dizzying heights!

Next up were the Club President Alan Keyes, Club Manager Eddie Lonergan and well known member Fintan O’Hagan. Bids were flying fast for a chance to play a round of golf with Eddie, have a tax consultation with Fintan or enjoy a day out with the President at the Ireland v England six nations match. Thanks to the wonderful auctioneering talents of John Doyle the Slave Auction raised a jaw dropping 2,500 euro!

On departure all the ladies received a goody bag which contained the latest edition of Image Magazine, beauty samples from Lady G & Pretty Exquisite, and product from Vichy and La Roche Posay.

All agreed it should be an annual event, so keep an eye on www.greystonesrfc.ie and our Facebook page Greystones RFC for details.

Greystones Rugby Club is still recovering!