Tremendous growth in women’s rugby at Wicklow RFC
April 12, 2018 10:57 am Site Editor
From a modest base of 20 players six years ago, Wicklow RFC can now boast over 140 female playing members at all age groups through minis, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18 and senior, making them one of the biggest female sections in the country.
Wicklow RFC are the only club to field U14, U16 and U18 girls in the Leinster Premier Leagues, but even more remarkably the club has made history with all three teams having reached the Leinster Cup final in their respective age groups.
The U14s will play Navan in their final in Athy this Saturday, with the U16s playing Tullow and U18s playing Mullingar on 22nd April in Navan RFC.
The senior women’s team were established only last year on the back of a first-ever tour to Canada by the senior women and U18 side. They won promotion from Leinster Women’s League Division 3 to Division 2 in their first year of existence.
They consolidated their position in Division 2 this year and are well-placed to make the push for Division 1 next season.
They completed a giant-killing win over Division 1 side Old Belvedere in the Cup in their last outing and will hope to replicate that with their quarter-final meeting against another Division 1 side, Railway Union, this Sunday.
The girls and women have been a huge addition to the club and the buzz that they have brought in the last few years has been tremendous.
The teams travel in large numbers to support each other and the noise and colour they brought to last year’s Cup final was commented on by many within the game as the best they had ever seen. Supporter buses are filling up for all of the underage finals with many of our senior women coming along to show their support to the girls who followed them last year.
For more information on girls’/women’s rugby in Wicklow RFC, please contact the Girls’/Women’s Co-Ordinator, Ronan Griffey, at 086-8357475.