The opening round of the Women’s All Ireland Cup took place on Sunday with Ulster clubs, Ballynahinch, City of Derry and Cooke all taking part. 

City of Derry and Cooke took part in an entertaining all Ulster battle at Judges Road with the Belfast outfit coming out well on top in a 0 – 59 win against a depleted Derry side, several players trying to shake off a bug doing the rounds. 

A young Ballynahinch, in their first season in All Ireland competition, entertained a clinical Blackrock at Ballymacarn Park with the Dublin side pulling away in the second half to record a 3 – 66 win. 

Cooke will now fly the fleg for Ulster in the Quarter Finals where they have a home fixture against Railway Union on sunday the 5th February. Kick off 13:00 at Shawsbridge. 

Women’s All Ireland Cup Round 1 Results. 
Ballynahinch 3 – 66 Blackrock Ballymacarn Park
Buccaneers 0 – 50 St. Mary’s College Dubarry Park
City Of Derry 0 – 59 Cooke Judge’s Road
Rathdrum RFC 6 – 34 Railway Union RFC Rathdrum
Thurles RFC 0 – 26 U.L. Bohemian Thurles
Tralee 0 – 19 Highfield Tralee
Tuam RFC 0 – 48 Old Belvedere Tuam
Tullamore 10 – 17 Galwegians Tullamore


The teams now go into the Quarter Final stage on Sunday 5th February. Fixtures below: 

Women’s All Ireland Cup Quarter Finals. 
Sun 5th Feb 17 13:00 Blackrock   v   Galwegians Stradbrook
Sun 5th Feb 17 13:00 Cooke   v   Railway Union RFC Shawsbridge
Sun 5th Feb 17 13:00 Highfield   v   U.L. Bohemian Woodleigh Park
Sun 5th Feb 17 13:00 St. Mary’s College   v   Old Belvedere Templeville Road