Maiden Title for Coleraine Ladies Rugby
Ulster University, Coleraine ladies have won the ladies rugby SSI Division 2B league.
The ladies travelled to Dublin to play Tallaght IT in the final. Despite this being the ladies first year in a league campaign, the Coleraine ladies were unbeaten throughout the group stages. The ladies continued this unbeaten run by beating Tallaght IT 47-7 in the final.
The campaign consisted of three round robin stages. In round one, Coleraine defeated Tallaght IT 48-0 and Queens University Belfast 22-10. In round two, Coleraine beat Tallaght IT 45-20. In the third round Coleraine continued their unbeaten run by beating Tallaght IT 39-0 and Dundalk IT 39-5.
The ladies then progressed to the final and comfortably defeated Tallaght IT to be crowned SSI Division 2B Champions. “The final got off to a shakey start, both sides showing the nerves. After the first few minutes we started to settle and I felt we were the stronger side from then on. No match is easy but for anyone watching it was clear to see that the Coleraine ladies were the more disciplined side.” said captain Robyn Catterall.
The Coleraine ladies have never competed in a league prior to this competition. To win the league in the first year is a great achievement for the ladies.
“The whole campaign was fantastic as this was the first year the club has been involved in a league. The win was obviously an amazing moment for us. Although, our toughest match was during round 3 we played Dundalk IT. This team is newly established and they really made our girls work hard for every single point we scored.” said Robyn Catterall.
The team was coached for the first half of the season by Nathan Deeney. The second half was coached by Stevie Brown, who also coached the team last year.
“The coaching and training we received throughout the year helped the team massively as the majority of players were completely new to rugby. We also received valuable help and advice from Glenda Mellon from Ulster Rugby. If we did not have these people we would not have achieved the standard of rugby we are at now.” said Robyn Catterall.
The team will be losing a few players next year due to graduation but the ladies are hoping to retain their title. The team also hopes to join a league within Ulster Rugby next season.
Robyn Catterall is very appreciative of all the hard work everyone has put in to making this season a success. “Coleriane ladies have grown massively in the past couple of years and I would just like to say thank you to everyone who has been involved and we hope to continue this success in the future.”
Congratulations to all involved in the team.
Article by Emma Ryan