All six Women’s Super League matches scheduled for today were cancelled after weather warnings were released as Storm Ciara arrived in the UK on Saturday.
The ‘storm of the century’ has brought heavy rain and gusts of up to 90mph in some parts of the country.
WSL teams started releasing statements this morning advising fans who had planned to travel to matches across the UK that dangerous weather conditions meant that conditions were unplayable.
This was disappointing news for both teams and fans, especially following the news that some of the WSL matches were expecting sell-out crowds. The north-west Derby featuring Everton and Liverpool was set to entertain around 20,000 fans at Goodison Park and the cancellation will leave many frustrated.
Arsenal’s home match against Tottenham was also set to be a sell-out fixture with the club announcing mid-week that all home tickets had been sold in advance of the match. A spokesperson for the club announced the match had been cancelled “on the grounds of crowd safety, due to extreme weather conditions”.
By lunchtime, it was clear all WSL fixtures were to be postponed and all five fixtures in the Women’s Championship were also delayed.
England’s Six Nations campaign disrupted in Glasgow
The misery extended to the women’s Six Nations as Scotland’s home fixture against reigning champions England was called off “due to extreme weather conditions as a result of Storm Ciara”.
Scottish Rugby has subsequently announced that the match has been postponed and will now take place on Monday at 13:30, however, the match will now be played behind closed doors.
“Weather conditions in Edinburgh on Monday will not be as severe as Glasgow but still forecast as challenging so the game will not be open to the public or have tickets on sale,” the Scottish governing body said in a statement.
In Dublin, Ireland’s clash with Wales did, in fact, go-ahead and the Irish side battled through tough playing conditions to secure a bonus-point win against the Welsh side. This was the second victory for Ireland in the tournament as they won 31-12, but Wales’ second defeat in as many games.