Missing their star Out-Half and captain Sharon Lawlor, Helen Cremmins, another star stepped in from retirement to give the back line a great boost of confidence in the first half. Galballyâ00s continuous attacking in the first half kept Clanwilliam within their own 22 in the first twenty minutes of the game. As they had displayed in their friendly against Highfield, Clanwilliam Ladies showed composure and discipline in defense allowed them to keep the line uncrossed at half time.
The second half was more intense than the first, with both teams trying to prove themselves the better team. Galbally exploited some penalties given against Clanwilliam but the scores came from Tipperaryâ00s backline, reorganized in the second half to include Substitute Louise Carroll. The forwards competed strongly all through. With Carmel Condon in the air fighting against former Clanwilliam player and now Galbally jumper Emily Kenny, the line outs were very exciting to watch however stressful to the coaches. And with looping prop Catherine Hogan and second row Irish Condon quickly recycling the ball at the rucks, it was difficult at time to know forwards from backs such was the commitment of the pack to help the ball go wide.
Galbally score came from a beautiful intercept on the wing and a brilliant move across the pitch which the Tipp Ladies could not prevent. After the conversion of the Galbally try, Clanwilliam scored two more tries against a revitalized Galbally team and a penalty to finish with a score line of 41-7 with Galballyâ00s one converted try to Clanwilliamâ00s 6 tries, 4 conversions and a penalty.
The referee J. Hardiman was excellent in the way he allowed the game to stay fluid though he was busy in the second half trying to keep indiscipline at bay from both teams. He, like the spectators on the day, enjoyed a cracking game of rugby. Another beautiful Sunday in Tipperaryâ0¦.