Former Saint shines at famed European tournament

A rugby player from Sarnia was instrumental in Ireland’s first win at a prestigious European tournament.

Victoria Dabanovich-OMahony had 22 tackles over 55 minutes in her Six Nations tournament debut, aiding Ireland in an 18-14 win over Scotland on Feb. 2.

The former Sarnia Saint, who is studying medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, was named to the Women’s national team in the fall.

She is one of four team members age 20 or younger.

The Irish squad hosted Wales before facing England and France this week, she told The Journal.

“Our toughest matches will be against France and England but overall it will be a great campaign for us that leads into our World Cup qualifiers training.”

The 5’8” and 77-kilogram forward helped her club team of Leinster win the championships for a second straight year last summer.