That all teams were still raring to go after the pool stages bears testament to their fitness levels at the end of the season. Special mention must be made of Clanwilliam who, following a series of unfortunate events before they had even arrived, found themselves with no substitutes. They had to rely on the indomitable spirit of their coach, Cecille Mulcahy, who togged out, and the generosity of the other teams in donating a player for each game. This set the tone of the competition which was sporting throughout and a credit to all involved.
After the pool stages the points were tallied and the four teams on top contested the semi-finals. These were Tralee, Clanwilliam, Kinsale and â00The Realâ00 Young Munster with the latter two separated only by try difference. The semi-finals saw Tralee take on â00The Realâ00 Young Munster and Clanwilliam take on Kinsale. Tralee emerged victorious in the first semi on a scoreline of 3 tries to 1. Kinsale beat Clanwilliam by 6 tries to 2 in the second semi-final.
The final was then contested by Tralee and Kinsale. This was a hard fought battle with Tralee, led by their captain, Trish Fitzpatrick, sealing victory by 3 tries to 1. We all retired to the clubhouse then for a well-earned meal provided, on behalf of Young Munster, by Ger â00Mouseyâ00 Hannon, ably assisted by Frank Corr and Ann Marie Galvin. The cup and medals were presented to the winning team, Tralee, and the runners-up, Kinsale, by club President, John Galvin. A special award was made to the player judged to be â00most valuableâ00 by her peers, Amy Guerin of Galbally.
The Young Munster Womenâ00s Rugby Committee would like to express our sincere thanks to Mike Hastings of Scoop Distributors for sponsoring the trophies and Ballygowan for providing the teams with water. We also wish to thank the referees, Gerry Clifford, Keith Moore and Ciaran Kelleher for the good-humoured and professional manner in which they managed the games. Our thanks to all at Young Munster for the encouragement and practical support received.
"The Premier" Young Munster
"The Real" Young Munster