Wicklow’s women became one of the first two sides to be crowned Leinster league champions last Saturday, claiming Division 11 in the most emphatic of circumstances.To date, they have swept to 14 wins out of 15 games, scoring over 100 goals in the process already with Harrold de Jong coaching the side.
For the most part, the team worked with a panel of 13 players for the most part with five mothers in the team with the rest made up of schoolgirls or players in their early 20s.
The aim from the start, according to de Jong, was to “play to win”, employing a counter-attacking game off the back of either full or half-court presses as they looked to turn over ball and use their pace to push forward.
It led to nine different players scoring during the campaign. The D’Arcy family, Ruth and Emma, were instrumental in the team – as well as with coaching the colts and on committee – scoring most of the goals.
The likes of youngster Keelan Glenanne made their impact while goalkeeper Hannah Farmer – under the guidance of Francis Keegan – kept out what came her way. Scarlett Tice, mother of Irish international Lena, was similarly strong in defence.
They are hoping to make it to the Leinster cup final with a semi-final against a strong Suttonians side on Mother’s Day for a place in the decider.
For de Jong, meanwhile, this has been another strong season. Previously, he coached Clontarf men to a similar season, going unbeaten with just one draw to their name in earning promotion to Leinster Division One.