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Women 22 – Highfield 17


Match Result

  • Result: Galwegians Women 22 - Highfield 17
  • Venue: Woodleigh Park on Sun Oct 23rd 2016
  • Competition: AIL Womens League

Match Report

Galwegians continued their winning ways this week when they beat old rivals Highfield by a one try victory in Cork. In windy conditions Galwegians clawed their way back from a very near loss and claimed the victory over the Cork side.

Highfield started with venom and after a mere three minutes into the game they looked as though they were over the line. Galwegians’ Heather Cary narrowly held up the try attempt. However nineteen minutes later Highfield scored a try which they failed to convert, 5-0.

Galwegians’ Heather Cary (no. 8) scored for the Blues when she stormed over the try line and brought the game to a draw 5-5.This draw was short lived when Highfield attacked again and confidently scored, taking the lead-10-5 to the hosts at half time.

The first half was littered with ill-discipline both at the breakdown and set piece and this was reflected in the high penalty count. Highfield set the pace for the first half of this game and appeared to have improved dramatically on recent form.

Highfield mirrored their start in the second half as they did with the first, with a try which they converted with ease. Galwegians’ second half performance showed a marked improvement on their first; however they still had a mammoth task to catch the Cork side that appeared to be in control of the game, 17-5

However appearances can be deceptive as Ursula Sammon opened the second half scoring for Galwegians after some excellent backs play, Sammon sailed over the line and Nicole Fowley converted the try, 17-12 to Highfield. Moments later after an improved and solid Galwegians’ scrum, the forwards fed the backs clean ball which allowed Sammon to score yet again which Fowley converted to bring the game to a draw 17-17.

After many patient and composed phases of play Mairead Coyne edged her team into the lead when she scored a try, no conversion, with five minutes remaining on the clock to bring the Blues into the lead 22-17 and to secure them the victory. Final score Galwegians 22- Highfield 17.

Galwegians will take on Old Belvedere at home in Crowley Park on the 6-11-16. All support welcome.


1)Muiread Burke 2) Edel Mc Mahon 3)Ciara O’ Connor 4) Denise Redmond 5) Christie O’ Toole 6)Amelie Roux 7) Marion Doolin 8) Heather Cary 9) Mary Healy 10) Clare Raftery 11) Ursula Sammon 12) Emma Clery 13) Nicole Fowley 14) Sarah Jane Fox 15) Mairead Coyne 16) Adrain Robertson 17) Fiona Farrell 18) Celia Killalea 19) Helen Duffy 20) Ina Butler 21) Laura Ruddy.

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