Ireland Women’s Sevens Squad added another plate to their collection of bowls, plates and shields but still no cup!
After an encouraging first day Ireland kicked off day two with a loss to France in their final pool match. Ashling Hutchings was the only scorer in the 17 – 5 defeat with the result pushing them into the knock out stages of the Plate Competition.
Ireland responded well in the Plate Semi Final, against Germany, with tries from Lynne Cantwell (2), Shanon Houston, Claire Malloy and Niamh Briggs, together with four Briggs conversions, securing a 33 – 14 win and progression to the Plate Final against Netherlands.
Despite going behind to an early score from the Dutch, the Irish girls hit back with tries from Houston and Cantwell, Briggs converting, to win 12 -5 and maintain their remarkable record of a trophy in every 7’s competition they have entered this season.
The result sees Ireland seeded fifth as they go forward to the second Grand Prix Event in Marbella, Spain in a fortnights time.
Ireland 7’s Squad: Jenny Murphy, Claire Molloy, Niamh Briggs, Jeanette Feighery, Claire Keohane, Lynne Cantwell, Shannon Houston, Sophie Spence, Amy Davis, Ashleigh Baxter, Niamh Kavanagh, Ashling Hutchings.