14 games in the league this season and a semi-final win have all culminated in Sunday’s fixture – the Leinster League final against Railway W2s, in Naas RFC. Having met Railway twice before in the league, winning the first match 26-0, and losing the second clash 10-5, there was everything to play for, and more.

Mary’s were dominant from the outset, playing territory and keeping Railway in their own 22 with the help of out-half- Sarah Duignan (Leinster’s Player of the Match.) Mary’s kept unrelenting pressure on the skilled Railway side, it was only a matter of time before Niamh Fitzgerald broke through the defence and crashed over the line with a try to the right of the posts. Shayne Richardson confidently slotted the conversion from in front, with the opening score 7-0.

After a very short turnaround, Paula Fitzpatrick’s immense carry got Mary’s over the line once again. Richardson took the kick, but unfortunately, it pulled slightly to the right, hitting the post.

Just before half-time, the girls in blue managed to put more points on the board. Aoife Moore, the captain, picked the ball from the base of a five-metre scrum, beating Railway’s back-row and number 10, to dot the ball down over the line. Shayne’s boot rang true down the middle, splitting the posts, leaving the score at 19-0 at halftime.

The second half got underway with Railway coming back fighting, making a number of line breaks, but were met with a solid wall of blue. Two penalties were awarded to Mary’s, on which they capitalized with Shayne patiently and confidently splitting the posts once again. Final score 25-0 to Mary’s.

The fight isn’t over yet for the St. Mary’s girls as they are now into the provincial qualifiers, playing for promotion to return back to AIL. We are always looking ahead, and always eager for new players to join - we cater for all levels of ability. Come and take part in our training sessions - 7:00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.

1 Casey O’Brien 2 Emma Kiernan 3 Christy Haney 4 Emma Lackey 5 Karen Plunkett 6 Emma Hooban 7 Niamh Fitzgerald 8 Aoife Moore (Captain) 9 Aoife Thompson 10 Sarah Duignan 11 Sinead Lennon 12 Paula Fitzpatrick 13 Ciara Scanlan 14 Shayne Richardson 15 Scholastique Veyssiere 16 Leah Hayden 17 Sarah Callaghan 18 Michelle Carroll 19 Amy Moran 20 Dairine Frawley 21 Liz Brophy  22 Laura Power

Photo Credit  http://www.stmaryswomensrugby.com/ 

Sunday 8th of April,
These 2 teams met again for the 3rd time this season.On the first league occasion in Lakelands St Marys lost on the last kick of the game to a scoreline of 22-20.
On the return visit to Templeville ,Terenure won 7-12 .So we knew that this game would be close.

St Marys started with energy and got a penalty 3-0 up from the boot of Conor Kavanagh.Terenure replied with a converted try 7-3. They followed that up with a penalty 10-3.St Marys fought back with a strong pick and go from Michael McCormack who drove over the line , converted by Conor Kavanagh , score now 10-10.
Both sides were now putting in strong tackles,nothing was going to be easy.Half time

The second half started with St Marys attacking ,as the ball was being passed along the backline ,Terenure intercepted and ran the length of the pitch to score under the posts, try converted now 17-10.
Never to give up Marys attacked again with our forwards getting on top at the scrum. Penalty given we kick for the corner . Lineout won by Sean Donohoe we drive towards the line with Niall McNiff getting over. Converted by Kav score now 17-17 .
The final whistle is blown and we have 10 minutes aside extra time .
The Terenure side pick up the pace in the first half of extra time and get a great team score to make it 24 -17 to Terenure .
After a brief break and a talk from the coaches, St Marys College RFC U20s had 10 minutes to put everything on the line , so that this would not be the end of their season . Cometh the hour cometh the man .Up stands Michael McCormack to power over the line , converted by Kav to draw the game . We will have to do it again next Sunday with a 5.30pm KO in Lakeland's .
What ever happens we know that our lads will give everything to the cause .
Squad

1. Ruadhan Famning
2. Jamie Coolican
3. Michael McCormack
4. Liam Corcoran
5. Ciaran Gibson
6. Sean Donohoe
7. Jack O'Gorman
8. Niall Curran
9. Conor Kavangh
10. Tom Murray
11. Derry O'Connor
12. Thomas Bisquery
13. Luke Mannion
14. Milo O'Sullivan
15. Eamonn Byrne
16. Niall McEniff
17. Daniel Delaney
18. Ciaran O'Meara
19. Jonny Cosgrove
20. Brian MacMahon
21. Ben Rock
22. Alex Dix