With no Ulster and Ireland action over the next few weeks you could do worse than taking in some of the resurgent Ulster women’s games at your nearest club. Even better for the ladies out there if watching big Stevie Ferris and Sean O’Brien ripping it up, or even some of the pretty boy backs, have stirred you suffieciently to give it a go why not get in contact with one of ladies sides near you.
You can find ladies and girls sides at the following clubs: Ards, Ballymoney, Belfast Harlequins, Carrickfergus, Cavan, City of Derry, Cooke, Enniskillen, Malone and QUB. All clubs are looking for new players at all levels in order to build on Ulster’s successful Inter-Provincial series. Any questions contact one of the clubs mentioned or give me a shout here.
There are three games this weekend in AIL2N featuring Ulster sides.
Cavan ladies face a difficult fixture against Cill Dara in Kildare on Sunday afternoon. However it’s Cill Dara’s first game this season and the Cavan girls will be looking to push on from their narrow loss to Quins last week. Haven’t received the side yet but we are going to go for a win for Ulster women’s most southerly outpost with the five Cavan girls involved with the Ulster and Development squads over the summer making the difference.
Next up sees Skins against Carrickfergus at Enniskillen RFC. This is Carrick’s first run out this season and they are rebuilding after losing a few girls over the summer though influential hooker Suzie McVeigh has had some action for Ulster Development and Cooke this season.
Skins however have the benefit of a hard game behind them last weekend against City of Derry and they are fielding a strong side and with McCutcheon, Nethercott and Brenda Brogan all expected to be influential it should be a home win for the Skins girls.
Enniskillen: Sarah Dourish, Ashling Maguire, Alice Swan, Catherine Mallon, Wendy Rogers, Helen Carleton, Deirdre Donnelly, Gemma McCutcheon, Noreen Nethercott, Caoimhe Morris, Leanne Hall, Eimear Corrigan, Brenda Brogan, Caitriona Cody, Alexa Grudgings, Sarah Teague, Cora Sanderson, Clare Brogan.
League leaders City of Derry will be looking to consolidate their position with an away win at Longford in a top of the table clash with both sides winning their opening fixtures. It’ll be a tough game, but Derry look to be rebuilding sensibly and as well as having Irish Squad members Glenda Mellon and Stacey-lea Kennedy available they can also call on the experience of past Ulster players Bridin McDermott, Kelly Holmes and Rachel Lennox. I must admit I’m looking forward to catching up with the Derry girls this season to see how McDermott and Kennedy are performing in the back row.
This will be a tight one but we’re tipping Derry to consolidate their position at the top of the league with an away win.
City of Derry: Eden Gutherie, Gemma Lynch, Michelle McLaughlin, Catherine Taylor, Glenda Mellon, Emma McGinley, Bridin McDermott, Stacey-lea Kennedy, Louise Clarke, Suzie Tinney, Andrea Shepherd, Kelly Holmes, Alice Wylie, Tasha Milligan, Rachel Lennox, Deirdre Crabtree, Marina Cassidy, Karen Canavan
|Sun 9th Oct 11||13:00||Cill Dara RFC||v||Cavan||Kildare Town|
|Sun 9th Oct 11||13:00||Enniskillen||v||Carrickfergus||Enniskillen|
|Sun 9th Oct 11||13:00||Longford RFC||v||City Of Derry||Longford|