Enniskillen RFC senior ladies are now back in training for the 2015/16 season and hoping to build on what was a successful 2014-2015 campaign, largely off the back of their outgoing social recruitment drive, coaching strategies, commitment to training and a high intensity work ethic during games until the final whistle.
After the 2013/14 season, Enniskillen Ladies saw the unfortunate loss of several influential and significant players to work overseas. This placed their contention in the All Ireland League 2 for serious competition at risk. The decision to drop to Ulster League 1, recruit new players and build the team was taken. A huge recruitment drive over the summer helped breathe new life into the team, many of whom had never played rugby before. This recruitment drive paid off with the successful retention of three new girls at the start of the season for their rugby debut, Louise Thompson, Fermanagh Mallards captain, Erika Porter and Sinead Dougherty. The were also fortunate to have Welsh prop Sarah Evans approach and come on board 3 games in to make her first cap for the Ladies.
Despite early hurdles, with a focus on survival and development, the ladies achieved a lot last season in competition, winning the Ulster Shield in the 2014/15 Rosie Stewart Cup Finals held in Carrickfergus and progressing to the Quarter Finals of the All Ireland Plate, where they held off a strong and resilient City of Derry side to make it to the Semi Finals. Unfortunately, the Skins Ladies lost narrowly in their greatest team performance of the season to Old Belvedere 1XV in the Semi Finals, 21 – 15.
The Ladies had hoped to be promoted and return to AIL2 again this year after a successful campaign in Ulster League 1, but with its top 2 teams getting promoted to All-Ireland division 1 (AIL1), it sees the remaining teams added to the current Ulster League for what looks like a highly competitive season with each team signed up to play both home and away to their opposition. Enniskillen Ladies resume their recruiting efforts again this year and have high aspirations to develop on last year’s success with Coach Robert Watson returning for another season. Robbie will be assisted by former City of Derry Coach and, the recently voted Ulster Rugby Coach of the Year for 2015, Rodney Balfour, who will be returning to his roots in Enniskillen for the Ladies new season. Newly appointed Captain for 2015/16 season, Sarah Teague, will be focusing on a strong team performance in this year’s Ulster League 1 competition with the primary aim of promotion to AIL1.
After a consummate and flawless season from the U18 and U15 youth girls, who dominated their Cup and League campaigns with the U18 girls winning the Ulster Youth Cup, the Ladies team will want to emulate this success in their upcoming seasons. The foundations are now set for two Senior Ladies teams with the first competing in Ulster League 1 and the second in place to encourage the development of youth girls, or unaccustomed rugby players, and the opportunity to play at friendly, non-competitive level.
The Ladies team alongside coaching staff and club personnel are all very excited about the upcoming season and potential for development and expansion.
Enniskillen ladies are always keen to hear from new players...
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2015/16 Senior Ladies Captain
Senior Ladies Coach
Rob Watson - Tel: 07891481316
Youth Ladies Rugby
We have healthy Under 15's and Under 18's girls team that compete in both a league and cup as well as several friendly fixtures.
Youth Ladies Coaching Structure
Glen Millar - Tel: 07926934873
Micheal Brown - Tel: 07704 516738
Leona Connolly - Tel: 07973 393183
Sarah Teague - Tel: 07541 218763
U15's & U18's Girls train on a Wednesday evening from 6.30-8pm
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