Rockwell girls reach All Ireland 7's semi finals

Rockwell girls reach All Ireland 7's semi finals

Rockwell girls reach the All-Ireland Senior Rugby 7's Final. The Rockwell Senior Girls Sevens rugby team competed at the All Ireland Finals, the Gx7's which was held in Donnybrook on the 18th of November, having qualified through a number of matches in the Munster region. Rockwell won their pool matches, beating teams from Cavan, Wicklow and Ballinasloe to top their group and qualify for the cup final. 

In the semi-final they faced Gorey school, and the girls put up a brave performance against a strong, more experienced side, which included many Leinster players. At the end of normal time the match was tied at 2 tries each, and the match now went to extra time. This was to be decided by the team scoring first to go through to the final. The Rockwell girls were unfortunate not to score with Aoife O Shaughnessy, Laura Morrissey and Kate Barlow all making great inroads through the Gorey defence. Eilis Kennedy and Claire Bennett were superb in defence, turning over rucks and stealing balls. Niamh Walsh made a great 25 metre break down the wing to almost score but, unfortunately, was tackled into touch. Following pressure on the Rockwell try line Gorey scored the golden try. They went on to win out the final. 

The Rockwell girls were devastated, having come so close, but should take heart in how much they have achieved in their nine months of playing. They have a bright future in the game, and, hopefully, will continue to play when they go to college next year and it is quite possible that a number of them could wear the Irish jersey if they pursued in their endeavours.

Pictured: Roisin Finnane makes the tackle. Aoife O'Shaughnessy is tackled, Susie Doyle in support. Roisin Finnane breaks through tackle to score.