Malone RFC held a highly successful Women’s 10’s competition on Friday 25th August as part of the celebrations for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

The Malone Belfast 10’s are believed to be the largest Women’s Rugby event in Ireland and it featured U15’s, U18’s and adult competitions throughout the day, and what a day it was..

We don’t often do this, but it’s a big FRU shout out for Ross Ferguson, Head of Women’s Rugby at Malone RFC, and Neal Johnston who deserve all the plaudits for an exceptionally well organised event.

The following teams participated in the various competitions:

U15:
Cobham (England)
Stirling County (Scotland)
Donaghadee (Ireland)

U18:
Cobham (England)
Malone (Ireland)
Stirling County (Scotland)
Newfoundland (Canada)

ADULT:
Amber Valley (England)
Ballynahinch (Ireland)
Barnes (England)
Brantford Harlequins (Canada)
Malone x 2 (Ireland)
Moseley (England)
Newfoundland (Canada)
Nuts and Jugs (USA)
Ovalie Caennaise (France)
Somerset (England)
Richmond (England)
Vagabonds (Ilse of Man)
Washington Furies (USA)
Westmanstown (Ireland)

The stated ethos of the competition was, “To provide a fun and social female rugby event to celebrate the Women’s Rugby World Cup coming to Ireland.” And they certainly succeeded with the teams producing a highly entertaining afternoon and evening, on and off the field.

Entertainer’s in chief were visiting English side Richmond WRFC, who got the ball rolling with the mothers of all Magalena’s which eventually had members from all the other sides joining in, much to the chagrin of the event timekeepers!

On the competitive side, yes play did break out eventually, the main Cup competition was won by French side Ovalie Caennaise, Richmond surprisingly lasting the pace to pick up the Plate and Canadian side Newfoundland won the bowl.

Great fun, superbly organised – lets hope its the first of many Women’s events in Ireland.

We were there for the first few rounds, enjoy the pictures below.

#SUFTUM