We travelled down to Dublin on Sunday to follow our favourite ladies Cooke Women RFC as they took on Blackrock Women in Round 12 of the Women’s All Ireland League at Stradbrook. 

Blackrock 36 Cooke 24

Unfortunately we brought a big old slice of bad luck for the Belfast team as they slipped to their ninth defeat of the season going down by 36 -24 in a ten try thriller. 

Cooke went into an early lead through the hard working Lauren Maginnes, with Jemma Jackson landing an excellent conversion from out wide. 

Blackrock hit back almost immediately with scrum half Niamh Griffin dummying in midfield to sprint clear for a soft try which was followed by scores from Joanna Mahon and Carrie Anne Hanley. Michelle Claffey converted 2 out of 3 to give the home side a 19 – 7 lead. 

Cooke struck back before the break with Shirelle Wilson crossing out wide after good work on the wing by Frida Nilsson to keep the move alive. The try went unconverted and he teams turned round with ‘Rock leading 19 – 12.

The hosts wrapped up the game in the third quarter with Griffin grabbing her second before young Eimear Corri crossed for a brace of her own and at 36 – 12 Cooke looked dead a buried. 

However a spirited final quarter fightback saw the Belfast side grab tries through Wilson and veteran Eliza Downey to give Cooke a precious try bonus. 

Women’s AIL Week 12 Results. 

Sun 19th Feb 17 AIL Blackrock 36 – 24 Cooke Stradbrook
Sun 19th Feb 17 AIL Galwegians 7 – 12 Railway Union RFC Crowley Park
Sun 19th Feb 17 AIL Highfield 12 – 0 St. Mary’s Woodleigh Park
Sun 19th Feb 17 AIL Old Belvedere 14 – 29 U.L. Bohemian Anglesea Road

 

Women’s AIL Week 12 Standings

Team Pl W D L F A Diff TB LB Pts
U.L. Bohemian 12 12 0 0 369 99 270 8 0 56
Railway Union RFC 12 7 0 5 274 139 135 5 4 37
Old Belvedere 12 8 0 4 267 142 125 4 1 37
Galwegians 12 6 0 6 219 244 -25 4 3 31
Highfield 12 5 0 7 165 235 -70 1 3 24
Blackrock 12 4 0 8 154 218 -64 2 4 22
Cooke 12 3 0 9 199 314 -115 3 2 17
St. Mary’s 12 3 0 9 113 369 -256 2 1 15

 

Women’s AIL Match Gallery: Blackrock 36 Cooke 24

Photo credit John McMurtry.

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