We have a slightly different look at the Women’s All Ireland League this week in an attempt to jazz it up a bit.
We’ve included the last five results for each team (reading away from the team) to show the current form as the sides go head to head. With that in mind the fixtures for this weekend are shown below and all matches will be played on Sunday this week with a 13:00 kick off.
Cooke v Highfield.
Cooke have won two of the last five and Highfield only one, however both sides go into the game on the back of a win.
They have shared a few opponents recently, namely Railway Union and Galwegians, and Highfield will take some comfort from the trip up north from the fact that they comfortably turned over Galwegians last week, a week after the Connacht outfit had beaten Cooke.
However Galwegians aren’t exactly a solid benchmark at the moment so the results against Railway are probably more significant, particularly as we covered those matches. Cooke conceded half the points and managed to get on the scoreboard against a stronger Railway than the one that decimated Highfield a couple of weeks ago.
A quick look at the Cooke team sheet shows a solid pack and an exciting young back line. It should be enough to keep Cooke in 4th place.
Galwegians v UL Bohemian
Galwegians form this season has been so erratic that you could feel reasonably confident that they have a chance to turn over the current league leaders. Well, turn them over or get absolutely hammered.
Bohs on the other hand have been the model of consistency throughout the season with only one loss to their name. They were hugely impressive last week against Railway and this game should only be a minor bump on their way to winning the league.
Should be a comfortable win for Bohs, but nothing surprises me with Galwegians this season.
Railway Union v Blackrock
Railway Union are probably suffering more than most with availability issues but they do welcome back the influential Larissa Muldoon and should also have imports Emma Taylor and Meg Kendal to call on.
Muldoon will go a long way to alleviating the issues they had in their back line last week and you would expect a comfortable win for the homeside.
However, Rock will still be buzzing from their last minute win against Tullamore last time out and if they have the experienced Tania Rosser and the abrasive Hannah O’ Connor available they should be able to cause Railway a few problems.
Tullamore v Old Belvedere
Tullamore haven’t had the best of luck in recent weeks, a narrow loss to Blackrock was followed up by a sizeable defeat by Cooke and this week they find themselves sitting at the bottom of the league and up against the form team of the moment.
The Offaly team also have an horrendous run in ahead of them with Railway and Bohs still to come and I suspect they will be focusing their resources on their February fixture against Highfield, which is looking like the relegation decider. Any points they can pick up along the way will be a bonus.
Belvo will be wondering if they have left their run to top spot too late. At the minute whey are 9 points behind Railway and 14 behind Bohs but they do have a game in hand on both. I expect them to be ruthless on Sunday and pick up the five points.