My goodness, I see I got four out of four in my predictions for this competition last week so let’s see how I can muck it up this time round.  

I’ll start, as always, with our featured team, Cooke Women, who, this Sunday, make the two hour trip down to Templeville Road, south Dublin for their match against St Mary’s. 

Neither side will be happy with their current league positions and I think, it’d be fair to say, that both teams have underperformed given the playing resources at their disposal. However this match does give both the possibility of getting up to fifth place if other results go their way. 

It’ll be an interesting encounter, a team that tends to self destruct against one that plays in fits and starts would indicate a close scrappy game, however if one of the sides can put in an eighty minute performance they could find themselves coming away with a substantial win! Which way will it go? It’s hard to say but my natural Ulster bias pushes me towards the Belfast side nicking this one. 

Sun 23rd Oct 16 13:00 AIL Highfield   v   Galwegians Woodleigh Park
Sun 23rd Oct 16 13:00 AIL Old Belvedere   v   Railway Union RFC Anglesea Road
Sun 23rd Oct 16 13:00 AIL St. Mary’s   v   Cooke Templeville Road
Sun 23rd Oct 16 13:00 AIL U.L. Bohemian   v   Blackrock Annacotty


Our friends at Galwegians get on the road for the first time in three weeks as they travel to Cork to face a battling Highfield, who slipped back to the bottom of the league last weekend.

As we saw against Cooke, if you let Highfield into the game they can get in your face and put you off your stride but I think that the Connacht ladies will have just too much up front for the home team, though it won’t be a comfortable afternoon for either side. 😀

I see I’ve gone for two away wins so far! However I expect home advantage to count when Old Belvedere entertain Railway Union at Anglesea Road, though it may not be as clear cut as I’d have predicted a couple of weeks ago. 

Railway finally got a win against their names last week against Highfield and it was a fairly substantial win at that with their bonus point rocketing them up to fifth place. I expect it to be a tight first half but the “Grand Dames” of women’s rugby should pull away in the second. 

The tie of the round features fourth placed Blackrock at league leaders UL Bohemians and on paper I’d expect this one to go with the home side. Always a bit of prickly history here in another classic Munster/Leinster rivalry  but, as I’ve said several times already this season, Bohs have just too many street smarts to let this one slip. 

As they stand
Pos Team Pl W D L F A Diff TB LB Pts
1 U.L. Bohemian 5 5 0 0 144 44 100 2 0 22
2 Old Belvedere 5 4 0 1 170 43 127 4 0 20
3 Galwegians 5 4 0 1 134 83 51 3 1 20
4 Blackrock 5 3 0 2 57 57 0 1 1 14
5 Railway Union RFC 5 1 0 4 71 85 -14 1 3 8
6 Cooke 5 1 0 4 90 137 -47 1 2 7
7 St. Mary’s 5 1 0 4 43 164 -121 1 1 6
8 Highfield 5 1 0 4 51 147 -96 0 0 4