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Development plans pay off for Trinity Women's Rugby

Published: February 15th 2019

A win this Sunday against Port Dara Falcons would secure a home semi-final for Trinity Women’s Rugby, as they edge their way ever closer to promotion to Division 2. And a win is well within their grasp if their current form continues.

We’ve had a hugely successful year so far as a squad,” says Captain Jane Leahy. “We had a great start to our Leinster League campaign, winning five of our opening five games. Despite suffering a few losses during the Christmas exam period, we managed to come back this semester and are once again on an undefeated run, beating the leaders Barnhall 33-24 just last weekend.”

There are a number of factors feeding into the women’s success this season, but the bedrock has been recruiting such strong numbers during Freshers’ Week. “We signed up over 100 players, which allowed us to field two teams this season.”
The second, development, team has been a really positive addition to the club.

“Having the development team has boosted women’s rugby in Trinity as a whole. It gives us a platform to allow players to gain match experience and show their ability to play with our First XV as well as allowing us to compete in both the Leinster League and the College League with SSI.

“The development team competes in SSI Division 2, which is adapted to introduce new players to the game. Many of our new players were given the opportunity to play on this squad and quickly proved that they were deserving of a spot on the First XV. This team has enabled us to retain a large number of new recruits and also allows us to give game time to college students who are playing their club rugby elsewhere. In my opinion, having more players actively competing and representing the college promotes the game in the most effective way.”

This is Jane’s third year with Trinity Women’s Rugby and it’s only now, she feels, that development plans for the club are coming to fruition.

“We have a great coaching panel this year in Joe Horan, Colm Hogan and Arthur Greene who have contributed significantly to our success. Each coach brings something different to the squad and they work extremely well together and with the team. Tony Smeeth, Director of Rugby, has also had an involvement with the squad this year which has been a huge boost.”

While promotion to Division 2 is in their sights, the other big thing on the horizon is Colours, which is hosted by UCD this year.

“Colours is often the only match of the year a lot of our families and friends get to see so my hope for April 4 is to show the level of skill and talent in our squad and put on a competitive and entertaining game of rugby for them.

“Obviously, I want to win and think we are in a great place to do that but for me, it’s more important that we showcase all the work we have put in this season and play for one another.”

  • Trinity Women’s Rugby won their final Leinster League game, which puts them into a semi-final play-off against Port Dara Falcons on Sunday March 3rd, 1pm, College Park. A win will put them in contention for a place in Division 2