Randalstown ladies’ team beaten on debut home appearance

The recently formed Randalstown Rugby Club ladies' team who played their first home match at the weekend.
The recently formed Randalstown Rugby Club ladies' team who played their first home match at the weekend.

Randalstown Rugby Club’s recently-formed ladies team suffered defeat in their first game on their home turf at the weekend.

Randalstown fielded a ladies team this year for the first time in almost 20 years, and having only starting training together in September, they proudly hosted Ballymoney at Neillsbrook on Sunday afternoon.

Sporting their brand new ‘Property Pal’ sponsored kits the ladies put on an entertaining display against an experienced Ballymoney outfit and acquitted themselves very well scoring 2 fine tries against the experienced visitors, who ran out 32-10 winners.

The first ‘Town try was the result of a strong scrum at close quarters giving them an opportunity to barge over.

The second came after a strong run down field by the ‘Town number 8 and when she was hauled down a few yards short there was good support to retain the ball and cross the line to the delight of the sizeable crowd who had turned out to cheer them on.

The support for the ladies in their first home appearance was very pleasing but maybe not unexpected given the wealth of family connections throughout the club. Joanne Mulholland in the number 13 shirt has picked up the ball her husband Mark, a long time centre at the club, dropped in recent times.

Many of the ladies have brothers or indeed children playing throughout the junior section, and Nicola Sloane in the second row has followed in her father, mother, and brother’s footsteps to pull on ‘Town colours.

Considering the few competitive encounters the ladies have under their belts the improvement from one game to the next has been remarkable and they are obviously working hard in training.

Emir at number 10 and Stephanie at number 8 caught the eye in particular with some strong running, and the effort and commitment on display was very pleasing to watch. The ladies are in action again at home on Sunday against Belfast Harlequins ladies when they will be hoping for a home win.