It was a windy day at Mullagameen that saw Belfast Harlequins head to the top of the Div 2N table with a 24 – 17 win over Enniskillen.
Enniskillen came out strongly despite the wind being against them.They put pressure on the Quins Ladies from the kick off and within minutes were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which Caoimhe Morris of Enniskillen made the most of that to take the score to 3 – nil.
This was the kick the Quins Ladies needed and from the kick off they put pressure on the Enniskillen team and the game was played within the 22s before some excellent play from Nikki Caughey saw her slide through the defence to score under the posts. She then added the extras to take the score to 3 – 7.
The two teams were quite evenly matched and this showed throughout the later part of the first half which saw both teams with opportunities however the half ended with the scoreline unchanged.
Some words of wisdom from the coach at half time saw the Quins Ladies start to play the running style of rugby that they are known for in the second half. There were a number of tries scored in quick succession – some excellent defence from Brenda Brogan was not quite enough to stop Zoe Templeton from crossing the line for the first of her two tries for the game. The bonus point try came from Ashleigh Baxter following some excellent work from Annmarie Nolan and Ilse van Staden at the lineout.
Enniskillen rallied in the last quarter of the game with some excellent running from Brenda Brogan and Gemma McCutcheon with Caoimhe Morris controlling the backs well at 10. They were rewarded for their hard work with tries to Alexa Grudgings and Gemma McCutcheon. Caoimhe Morris added the extras to take the scoreto 17 – 24.
Enniskillen continued to exert pressure but it was the Quins Ladies that had the final say before the ref called an end to the game.
Well done to all. It was a hard fought, physical match as local derbys should be!
Quins From: Ilse Van Staden, Emma Boyd, Kathryn Hanna, Claire Knipe, Colette Boome, Ann Marie Nolan, Brenda Artt, Hilary Faith, Zoe Templeton, Jenna Stewart, Nikki Caughey, Jenny Waide, Lesley McGarity, Judith Wylie, Lesley-Ann Stirling, Ashleigh Baxter, Bronagh McClenaghan