Women’s mid-season report

Nor sleet, nor freak snowstorm, nor flat tires, injuries or setbacks in numbers could shake the lady green as the midseason washes over the Montreal Irish women the first division team has conceded only one loss and are riding the momentum of a 4 game winning streak. Within striking distance of first place Ormstown, the green have only allowed 74 points against for 235 for. The five point margin for first place is within reach as the green heads into Saturday’s rematch against RCM.

Our reserve team in the second division is showing extraordinary progress owing to a number of new recruits that have excelled at learning the new sport and batch of seasoned veterans led by skipper Erin Ryan. The 2nd div green got off to a gradual start with a win by default and two losses (one of which went down in a freaky hail driven snowstorm) but getting on the board in their third matchup led to a win over Brome Lake. Running on a 4 game winning streak, their romp over Westmount showed the new recruits to be at ease on the pitch and a force to be reckoned with. Nadime, Jasmine Gomes, Mailyse, Stephanie, Zile, Audrey and Klaudia are doing the green proud with their incredible dedication and talent.  Rookie of the year and player of the year  will be a hard-fought title among these excellent candidates.

The Greenies in first division have combined the use of a clamoring pack of raucous forwards and a well-oiled springy back line that can move the ball well and punch holes in opposition defense. At this point in the season they’ve garnered a spot in second place with third place St. Lambert railing by 13 points. A hard working team at practice with the leadership of captain Cristyn the lady green have set their sights on a cup title.

The women suffered one loss so far in a back-and-forth mash-up that saw the clock run out before the green could even the tally. The lady Irish put 27 points on Ormstown in the 27-35 loss, which is almost triple what Ormstown has conceded to any other team up to this point in the season.  The upcoming rematch will be a huge test for the green and certain to be a high octane, entertaining game.  If the Irish can use their momentum to out pace the Saracens we can expect to see the MIRFC in another division final.

The Irish see action this Saturday against RCM, their last match-up went in favor of the green to the tune of 42-5; but with the a focus at training on support and tackling the green expect better results and a finely-tuned offensive presence.

Only a few games left in the season and more rugby to come but as national championships approach the Montreal Irish are proud to be representing at the provincial level with four players selected to play for Quebec in the upcoming tournament, congratulations: Erin Benzakein, Cristyn Edwards, Myriam Désourdy and Emily Magee, a national title for the province looks promising as Quebec edged out their rival Ontario 22-21 in their last meet up. Good luck at nationals!

-Larissa Anastasia