Nenagh Ormond women’s club hoping to capitalise on Ireland’s World Cup success

June Whelan a former member of Nenagh Ormond Womens team and still lines out with the senior team along with her two daughters Sandra and Denise.  Photograph: Bridget Delaney
Following the success of the Irish women’s rugby team at this year’s World Cup in France, Nenagh Ormond Women’s Rugby Club is hoping for increased interest in the game around Nenagh.

Following the success of the Irish women’s rugby team at this year’s World Cup in France, Nenagh Ormond Women’s Rugby Club is hoping for increased interest in the game around Nenagh.

Last season, the Nenagh ladies had an outstanding unbeaten run in Division 2 South, which took them as far as the All-Ireland League semi-final. They hope to build on this experience and push for an even better finish in 2014/15.

“Women’s rugby in Nenagh Ormond is now entering its 11th competitive season and continues to gain in popularity.

In 2004/2005 the team, in its first full year, won Division 3 South of the All Ireland League and gained promotion to Division 2. That same year the ladies also won the All-Ireland Shield for the first time, a title which they won again in 2008, club PRO Eithne Darcy told the Tipperary Star. She recalled that the first couple of seasons in the Division 2 were “tough ones” but hard work and perseverance had seen them challenge for the top spot in recent years. They were narrowly beaten in the All Ireland semi final in 2008/2009 and were runners up in the All Ireland Bowl in 2009/2010.

“Nenagh Ormond has been represented at Munster U21 and senior level by several players in recent years and last season we were delighted to have Genevieve Rowland on the Munster Women’s senior squad,” she said.

The ladies’ club is recruiting players for the coming season. No previous experience is necessary. If you would like to take part, call Sandra on 087-07916690.