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Craig Dunain Ladies dreaming of Murrayfield

By Will Clark

INVERNESS Craig Dunain Ladies are hoping to take a massive step forward towards Murrayfield by reaching the semi final of the National Women’s Plate.

Inverness Craig Dunain Ladies club secretary Jess Butler
Inverness Craig Dunain Ladies club secretary Jess Butler

The team take on Orkney Dragons in the quarter final at Bught Park on Sunday afternoon.

It is a big achievement for the club, considering it is the first time they have entered the competition since reforming six years ago.

They reached the quarter finals of the plate when they beat Stornoway Ladies 22-12 with Hannah Chisholm scoring two tries with captain Megan Foulis and club secretary Jess Butler also scoring tries.

Butler says being so close to going to the home of Scottish rugby is something the team is dreaming of reaching.

“It is a very exciting time for the club.

“Murrayfield is tantalisingly close.

“We know Orkney well from the North League and we are evenly matched. Both teams really want to get through so it could be feisty.

“The girls are super excited with the incentive of a place at Murrayfield in the final only two wins away.

“The women team’s folded 15 years ago until it was relaunched in 2013. Butler says the women’s game is going from strength to strength.

“It is the first time we have been able to take part in the National Women’s Plate.

“To be so close to reaching the semi final is a testament to the dedication of all the players, coaches and the determination by the club to keep going .

“This is despite still being without a permanent home ground since our previous home was used for housing development over a decade ago. Our passion for rugby, despite the hurdles we have to overcome,is what drives us forward to improve anddevelop our team. “We now have qualified women’s coaches, female society referees and specialist rugby first aiders within our women’s members and our player numbers are expanding week on week. It is an exciting time to be a female rugby player. “

The game takes place at Bught Park at 12.30pm.

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