Swords rugby club’s women team in a huddle

SWORDS Rugby Club’s women’s section is looking to make their mark following the introduction of the new section in the club during the summer.
“The team has been going brilliantly since it was set up, there is a fantastic core group of players who have really gelled as a team both on and off the pitch,” club PRO Liam Linnane said.
“There has been a lot of interest in the new team, which is evident from the response in followers on their standalone Facebook and Instagram social media, as well as the amount of interested players we have contacting the main page.
“We plan on pushing the team in terms of recruitment over the next few months to build on a great first year and hopefully have an even larger pool of players in the 2018/19 season.”
A nice boost came to the team during Leinster’s victory over Connacht in the Pro14 at the RDS on New Year’s Day, when they were the subject of a feature piece in the match day programme.
“It was brilliant to have been featured in the Leinster v Connacht programme as we are such a young team. The exposure was excellent and hopefully we will see a lot of new faces down as the ladies get back training after the Christmas break.”
After much consideration, it was decided the team would compete in the Leinster Women’s Divison 4A, where they have won one of their three games to date and Linnane is confident the right decision was made.
“With relatively few games so far, it is hard to gauge the right level and there has been a mix of results so far. For the minute I would say it is the right choice as it gives the newer players the experience they need to grow and the team the chance to test themselves.
“It is frustrating that there aren’t more women’s teams around as you can only really grow with game time, and I know the ladies would love to get out on the pitch week in week out.
“Hopefully with the growth of the game and the drive by the IRFU to get more women into the game we will see other clubs starting up and giving us more opportunities to get out there and grow.”
Linnane is also confident the team can avoid the pitfalls experienced by other female teams in the area.
“With the group that we have at the minute, it is hard to believe that the team won’t succeed and last. The ladies really enjoy the game and have been bonding throughout the season.
“They will stick it out through the hard times and the good, and hopefully with the exposure we are getting and the women’s drive to succeed, they will grow their numbers and be challenging for silverware in no time.”