There was another full set of fixtures in the Women’s All Ireland League on Sunday afternoon. 

Old Belvedere 19 Cooke 3

Ulster’s sole representatives in the senior League, Cooke Women RFC, journeyed to Anglesea Road to face Old Belvedere 

Ulster’s sole representatives in the senior League, Cooke Women RFC, journeyed to Anglesea Road to face Old Belvedere and, despite a bright start, the Belfast side eventually went down to a 19 – 3 loss, leaving Cooke in the bottom two of the table. 

Cooke opened the scoring with a Vicky Irwin penalty but the visitors left a couple of scores on the park before Old Belvedere, buoyed by the return of Sophie Spence and Jackie Shiels, cut loose in the second quarter with Millicent Cromin crossing for a brace, the first converted by Shiels. 

The second half was a tight affair with a converted try from Shiels the only score. 

Blackrock 17 Galwegians 19

Galwegians got back to winning ways with a hard-fought win away to Blackrock. 

Heather Cary and Sarah Jane Ryan scored the opening tries for Galwegians with Clare Raftery converting the latter to give the visitors a 0 – 12 lead. 

Blackrock fought back strongly and with ten minutes to go the hosts found themselves leading 17 – 12 after scoring three tries, one of which was converted. However, a frantic finish saw Ursula Sammon score in the corner to level the game and Rafferty, not for the first time this season, added the conversion to steal the win for the visitors. 

Highfield 3 Railway Union 10

Railway Union continued their impressive run with this victory over Highfield making it five on the bounce for the Dublin side.  

The first half ended without a score but Clare Ryan stepped up with a virtuoso display in the second to grab two tries for the visitors. Highfield responded with a penalty and battered Union’s line towards the end but the visitors made the trip back from Cork with their line intact thanks to a last-ditch tackle from “that girl” Ryan. St Marys 5 

St Mary’s 5 UL Bohemians 31

UL Boh’s continued along their stately way to record their ninth consecutive win in the All Ireland League. 

The unbeaten league leaders pulled away after a difficult opening thirty minutes against St Mary’s with Mairead Kelly grabbing a quick brace either side of a penalty try to give Bohs a 19 – 0 lead at the break, Edel Murphy converting two. 

Aine Staunton and Clare McDonald both crossed for the visitors in the second half with  María Jose San Perega grabbing a try for St Marys late on. 

With the above results the league looks as follows: 

Pos Team Pl W D L F A Diff TB LB Pts
1 U.L. Bohemian 9 9 0 0 252 85 167 5 0 41
2 Old Belvedere 10 8 0 2 245 103 142 4 0 36
3 Galwegians 10 6 0 4 212 182 30 4 2 30
4 Railway Union RFC 10 5 0 5 221 132 89 4 4 28
5 Highfield 10 4 0 6 138 218 -80 1 2 19
6 Blackrock 10 3 0 7 118 153 -35 1 4 17
7 Cooke 9 2 0 7 158 225 -67 2 2 12
8 St. Mary’s 10 2 0 8 103 349 -246 2 1 11

UL Bohs v Cooke re-arranged fixture to take place Sunday 29th January. 

Find below our match gallery from the first half of Old Belvedere v Cooke Women RFC.

Photo credit Bob Givan Photography