On Sunday last Midlands Falcons found themselves facing a very strong Clondalkin side with much larger numbers.
From the very first kick-off these two teams gave it their all - forwards hitting rucks and backs running strong lines. Falcons maintained possession with some excellent kicking from Orlaith Smith, who soon ran in to score the first try.
The Clondalkin forwards piled the pressure on the Falcons, but this was equally matched both in scrums and line outs by the home side. Darting runs from backs Rebecca Rowe and Aoife Murphy evading the Clondalkin defense.
With support from her team mates it wasn’t long before Aoife was over the line for the Falcons second try.
Clondalkin came back strong putting more pressure on scrums but it was well handled by Falcons scrum half Kate Tynan. Hannah Mullahey lead the back line with good decision making and leadership as captain.
Excellent jumping by Sarah Pickford, winning most line outs and combined with strong lifting by Kim Dempsey and Claire Fullam created a winning combination. Laura Oakley, Leanne Caulfield and Andrea Broughan cleaning every ruck to create havoc for Clondalkin and hold them off to come out winners in the end.
Well done to Jane Farrell and Grainne Bell on their first game with the Falcons. Great team performance. Well done girls.
Portarlington U-13s hosted their Naas counterparts at Lea Road last Sunday morning. Good conditions meant both sides could play some good running rugby.
With Kyle Stacey and Aidan Carty leading from the front, Ben McMahon, Sean Downey, Aaron Costello, Daragh Jewell and Thomas Wright were the try scorers, helping their team to this great win. Well done boys on a super team performance.