Highfield 40 â00 Ballincollig 5
Highfield's under-18 girls have only been training together for a few weeks and entered the Munster U18 league more in the hope of gaining experience rather than with any expectation of success. However those expectations may be revised following their excellent showing against a young Ballincollig side. The girls demonstrated a range of skills, particularly their handling and off-loading ability, which would put many more experienced players to shame. The forwards, particularly captain Roisin Whitford and Kate Deasy took ball forward strongly, while Mona Fehily at scrum half moved ball away from the breakdown quickly when required. Sarah Wrixon at 10 kept the ball moving through the line at pace and Meg O'Regan on the wing was always a threat and also made some excellent defensive tackles. Hooker Aoife Twomey was the star of the show however, proving almost impossible to stop once she got ball in hand and finishing with a hat-trick of tries to her credit. But that was only possible because of the all-round team performance, keeping Ballincollig at bay until almost the last play of the game and further underlining the bright future for Highfield ladies at all levels.
** Lisa O'Hea and Niamh O'Sullivan took charge of proceedings in the absence of Coaches Dave O'Hea and Ali Donnelly, and Referee David Oliver handled the game in exactly the right spirit, informing both teams about every decision so that it was as much a learning exercise as a competitive event. Thanks to all for helping out and making the girls debut such a positive experience for players and spectators.