The Women’s All Ireland League completed Week 12 of the competition last weekend and there were some telling results at the top and bottom of the table.
Unfortunately due to back twinges we didn’t get to our featured match so there is no gallery this weekend and this will be a fairly quick summary 🙁 .
The results from the weekend are shown below.
|Old Belvedere||19 – 0||Railway Union||Anglesea Road|
|Blackrock||27 – 19||Galwegians||Stradbrook|
|Highfield||19 – 7||Tullamore||Woodleigh Park|
|U.L. Bohemian||43 – 3||Cooke||UL|
At the top of the table UL Bohemian opened up a ten point gap on Railway Union with a 43 – 3 win against Cooke. The Belfast side, who we’d expected to do better, hung in for 60 minutes before being overwhelmed in the final twenty.
These teams will be meeting again this weekend in the AI Cup Semi final and in April in the League play offs. Unfortunately for Cooke both fixtures will be in Limerick.
Railway Union suffered their third loss of the season, this time at the hands of “form team” Old Belvedere who won 19 – 0 on Saturday evening. It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for Railway with those three losses coming in their last five games.
These teams will also meet again on 9th March at Park Avenue in the All Ireland Cup Semi Final and in April in the League play offs. It’s difficult to say who is in the driving seat between this pair as Belvo will be disappointed they didn’t pick up a try bonus against a weakened Railway which leaves Railway as favourites for a second place finish and that all important home advantage in the play offs.
At the bottom of the table, Highfield took a huge step towards confirming their participation in the All Ireland League next season with a 19 – 7 win against Tullamore, a result that consigned Tullamore to the bottom of the table.
Tullamore are going to have to get a result against either Railway Union or UL Bohemian in their remaining two fixtures if they are to have any hope of staying up.
Galwegians will have taken a huge sigh of relief when the result from Woodleigh Park came in as their 27 – 19 loss at Blackrock has seen them drop back into the bottom two with games against Old Belvedere and Railway to come.
Unless Tullamore pull off the result of the season, the Galway team now look as though they will stay up at the end of a season they would rather forget.