It is a great honour to be selected by my team to be Clondalkin Women’s captain for the 2017/2018 season.
I started playing rugby with Clondalkin women’s team (the Clonettes) four years ago. I was encouraged to come to training, mid-season by my sister who played with and later captained the team. This was also my first time to play rugby of any kind. I had such a warm welcome from all the players and coaches that it took me no time to feel part of the team and I haven’t looked back.
It is an exciting time to be involved with Women’s rugby in Ireland with the hosting of the pool stages of the women’s rugby world cup in Dublin. Clondalkin Women’s team have a great tradition of supporting all levels of players from complete beginners through to seasoned players and I would encourage anyone who would like to enjoy all the benefits of taking part in a team sport to give rugby a try in Clondalkin RFC.
Our coaching ticket remains unchanged this season and I look forward to working alongside them with our new team management to develop on last season’s achievements. After a lot of change in the team and a late change to Division 2 the team rallied together to progress throughout the season culminating in reaching the final of the Paul Flood plate and narrowly missing out on a win in Donnybrook stadium.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our out-going team manager Eugene Noble for all his hard work and dedication to the team and congratulate him on his appointment as Head of Women’s Rugby for the Leinster Branch.
I am sure we will do the club proud in the coming season and extend an invitation to all members and guest to come out and support your women’s team.
Captain, Clondalkin Women’s XV, 2017/2018