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Queen’s University RFC retain the Women’s Carrick 10’s title on Sunday 5th May at Carrickfergus RFC.

The students kicked off their defence with a 63 – 0 win against Ballymoney

The tries for the Front Row Union sponsored team came from Claire McLaughlin (2), Aoife Walsh (2), Kimberly Gillies, Imogen Porter, Dayna Joost, Catherine Mallon and Jemma Jackson.

Cooke featuring Grace Davitt, Stacey Lea Kennedy and Lauren Day from Ireland Women’s successful Grand Slam team were up next with an impressive win against touring side Novo Panthers.

Rachel Fleming makes a tackle on Cooke’s Teah Maguire at the Carrick 10’s

The Newcastle based outfit featured, Ulster and City of Derry player Rachael Fleming.

Our third game was a replay of last month’s Rosie Stewart Final as Queen’s took on Enniskillen in the third round matches.

Unfortunately for Skins the score once again went in Queen’s favour with Dayna Joost, Aoife Walsh, Colette Broome, Kimberley Gilles, Claire McLaughlin and Grace Cole all crossing as the students finished the pool stages unbeaten with zero points conceded.

The Queen’s side continued their winning run with a convincing victory against Novo Panthers in the Cup Semi Final.

Claire McLaughlin meets her fans after the game against Novo Panthers. 🙂

Despite the best efforts of Fleming for the Panthers, Queen’s ran in four ties with Claire McLaughlin (2), Colette Broome and Aoife Walsh all crossing. McLaughlin’s exploits were much enjoyed by the watching Larne 7’s team!

The Bowl Final was next up on the main pitch with Belfast Harlequins coming out on top in a hard fought encounter against Carrick.

Great work at the breakdown by Alannah Chipperfield kept Quins on top with the Quins prop providing her team mates with a constant supply of ball.

The Cup Final featured Queen’s against Cooke with the students winning the trophy for the second year running.

Cooke opened the scoring through the irrepressible Grace Davitt before Aoife Walsh and Colette Broome replied for the students in a tense first half.

Jemma Jackson eased Queen’s clear early in the second half with a well worked try. Cooke spent the remainder of the game in the Queens half with the intense pressure leading to a penalty try late on.

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