wandies duo impress for west in donna kennedy cup
Greenock Wanderers’ Ladies players Caitlyn Haldane and Lauren Gunn took to the BT Murrayfield back pitches on Sunday as they represented the West region for the Donna Kennedy Cup.
The West side – made up of the top female players from Glasgow and Caledonia – took on their East counterparts, comprised of the top female players from Edinburgh and the Borders.
Haldane was rewarded for her hard work with a nod for a starting position on the wing, whilst Gunn provided front row support coming off the bench.
Despite the West leading at half-time, the East overturned a three point deficit by scoring four unanswered tries in the second-half to win 43-22; seeing the side lift the Donna Kennedy Cup for a third consecutive year.
Haldane spoke about her selection: “When I first got the letter I was so excited and partly shocked, as I knew how strong the competition was for selection. I knew this was my chance to really show what I can do and I’ve been training really hard, so to be selected is a real achievement for me.
Haldane also mentioned the impact the whole experience has had on her game: “I have been attending the West training sessions at Scotstoun for the last month, which has really taught me a lot and brought on my confidence and skills, so I think that has had a positive impact on my game".
Gunn also reflected on her involvement: “It’s been a great opportunity to play and train alongside the best female players in Scotland. These players play against some really tough squads, some even at international level, and have been role models for me ever since I started playing back in 2014".
Greenock Wanderers' Ladies Head Coach, Ally Hunter, commended Haldane and Gunn on their selection and involvement in the squad: "This was a fantastic honour for Caitlyn and Lauren and was a consequence of the hard work they have both put in over the last year to develop their skill sets. All at the club are extremely proud of them and know that, despite not being in the winning squad, they gave it their all and will have benefited from the experience."