Tralee opened the scoring with a try in the 5th minute but Kinsale returned the score line to a respectable 7 points to 5 in the 10th minute with a try by Aine Oâ00Regan. Kinsale held possession for long periods of time showing that the training on the cold nights in Kinsale was paying off. Although Tralee were surprised by the skill and determination of the Kinsale squad, the added experience of the Tralee pack gradually began to show through. This experience and combined with a higher level of fitness allowed Tralee to get control of the game and ran in some additional scores to take the honours.
For their first game of full contact rugby, the Kinsale squad can hold their heads up high as they represented Kinsale in an excellent manner. Thereâ00s no better way to learn than playing the game and a lot of lessons were learned in Tralee. Immediately after the post match â00speechâ0 by Coach Danny O'Connell, there was a unanimous request for a return to training on Monday night â00 St. Patrickâ00s night. This shows the enthusiasm and dedication that this newly formed team has developed already. It bodes well for the remainder of the season and also for a storming of the Womenâ00s Division 3 League next season. Some more upcoming potential matches against Galbally of Limerick and a blitz in April at Young Munster will warm up the team in advance of their first ever entrance into the famous Kinsale 7s tournament in May.
The Kinsale squad to travel to Tralee was as follows: Jacqui Oâ00Connell, Amy Guerin, Grainne Toomey, Nikita Oâ00Connell, Gillian Oâ00Donovan, Siobhain Devlin, Aine Oâ00Regan, Melanie Hunt, Marian Gabriel and Coach Danny Oâ00Connell
Finally, as always, we need to build on the squad we have now and would welcome new players even at this stage of the season. Give Danny a call on 0876534987. Come on Kinsale!!!
Kinsale (33) â00 Galbally (37)
22nd March 2008
Kinsale Womenâ00s Rugby team got off to a flying start in Snugmore-Kinsale on a windy and chilly but fine day last Saturday.
Within a few minutes, the local crowd was treated to a well taken individual try by Kinsale out half Aine Oâ00Regan. The try was then converted by 1st Centre Jacqui Dalton.
Galbally however, kept their cool and soon responded with a try of their own and duly converted it to tie up the scores again.
The Kinsale pack consisting of Grainne Toomey, Nikita Oâ00Connell, Sylvia Oâ00Sullivan, Jacqui Oâ00Connell and Gillian Oâ00Donovan won some excellent line out ball in the windy conditions and kept control for long periods of the game.
Although Aine Oâ00Regan ran in 3 more tries for the home squad, Galbally had no intention of giving up and kept in touch throughout with some great scores.
Some excellent ball handling from the half backs of Siobhan Devlin and Aine Oâ00Regan and the 2 centres Jacqui Dalton and Mel Hunt kept the pressure on the Galbally back line. The ball handling skills were tested with the windy conditions and Kinsale kept the ball moving well up the field with Mel Hunt going over for her 1st try in a Kinsale jersey late in the game. Many more tries are expected from Mel!!
Eoin Oâ00Callaghan did an excellent job as referee having been drafted in at the last minute by Kinsale coach Danny Oâ00Connell.
Aine Oâ00Regan took the woman of the match title running in a total of 4 tries. Jacqui Dalton converted 4. Galbally however, took the honours with a late score to bring their tally of 7 tries and 1 conversion to end the game with Kinsale 33 Galbally 37.
Training continues on Monday and Wednesday nights at Snugmore at 7.30 with Danielle Kiely and Pat Oâ00Regan. New members are always welcome and we always cover the basics in a way to introduce the new player to the game at a pace they can handle. For further information call Danny at 0876534987 â00 Come on Kinsale!!