This morning the girls were dropped to the bus by their host families ready to explore more of Ireland. Last night the girls spent a lot of time with their host families as they went to ten pin bowling for fun activities in the evening.
Once all the girls were back we got on the bus and began our journey to the next town. Our first stop on the way was at Athlone Castle for a quick walk around the castle and the town of Athlone itself. Then it was time to head to Monaleen where we were to play our second game of the tour.
The game was played on a synthetic pitch at the University of Limerick against wonderful opponents. We played a very good team game today and caught hard in a very tight contest. During the third quarter we got to play with the Sherrin which the Irish found difficult. This helped give us a lot of momentum up forward and kept the score of the game very close. It was clear that our girls were more comfortable with the Gaelic rules as they scored both goals and overs and played a very even match. There was only a few points in the game at the end of the match and all the girls had learnt a lot from our first game. It was obvious that they were taking on advice from the coaches and willing to learn new skills and a new game.
Our hosts then put on dinner for everyone back at their clubhouse. Each of our players were presented with a pair of Monaleen’s playing socks as a gift. As the parents returned to the hotel, the players stayed at the clubhouse for a night of celebration before spending the night with their host families.
The game was played in great spirits and Monaleen were wonderful hosts after the match. It was great to be back after having boys team play here in the past. We look forward to returning In the future.
Thank you Monaleen for the wonderful hospitality and for playing against us in the spirit of both our national games.