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Leinster League glory for former Portlaoise Ladies rugby player

Emma Hooban with her dad Pat at full time after the big win
Emma Hooban with her dad Pat

Dublin side St Mary’s RFC won the Ladies Leinster Division 1 rugby league title at the weekend and a Laois woman played a stellar role.

Former Portlaoise RFC back-rower Emma Hooban was in the side and played a big part all year.

The former Scoil Chriost Ri student is now in her second season with St Mary’s.

They faced Railway RFC in the final in Naas on Sunday and the win capped a remarkable season.

St Mary’s played 14 league games and collected 14 bonus points, scoring 406 points in total.

They reached the final by seeing off Carlow 24-13 in the semi final and they ruthlessly dispatched Railway then.

The final score of 24-0 did not flatter the St Mary’s girls who took control early on and won well.

The victory caps a brilliant couple of years for Emma Hooban who captained Leinster U-18s before.

She also represented DCU in the All Ireland Colleges final recently where they were narrowly beaten by UL.

This was DCU’s 1st appearance in the Women’s All Ireland Colleges final.

Emma Hooban and dad Pat

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.