It’s been a while since we caught up on the Women’s All Ireland League as it’s taken the guts of a month to get these games played.
It was one of those rounds where the top four played the bottom four and with the top four all winning, with try bonuses attached, nothing much has changed.
The results over the month of March are as follows:
|Sun 18th Mar||Highfield||0 – 31||U.L. Bohemian||Woodleigh Park|
|Mon 19th Mar||Blackrock||7 – 27||Cooke||Shaws Bridge|
|Sat 24th Mar||Galwegians||10 – 26||Old Belvedere||Crowley Park|
|Wed 28th Mar||Tullamore||5 – 68||Railway Union RFC||Spollanstown|
All this leaves the league as it was, with UL Bohemian, Railway Union, Old Belvedere and Cooke all destined to go into the league play offs on 14th April.
Two teams, Galwegians and Tullamore, still have the threat of the drop hanging over them though Tullamore would need to produce something of a sensational result at UL Bohemian on 8th April if they are to stay up.
The league standings, going into the last round, are as follows:
We caught up with the final game of Round 13, Tullamore v Railway Union, on Wednesday night in what was an entertaining game. The match pitched the Women’s All Ireland Shield Winners against the Women’s All Ireland Cup Winners and it was the Cup Winners, Railway Union, that came out well on top with a 5 – 68 win at Spollanstown.
The visitors ran in 12 tries with Emer O’Mahoney, Meg Kendal, Niamh Byrne, Larissa Muldoon, Katie O’Dwyer, Kate McCarthy, Aoife McDermott (3), Ailsa Hughes and Aimee Clarke (2) all crossing.
Despite the score line, there can be no doubt that Tullamore have improved dramatically throughout their first season in the AIL. I’d witnessed thier 105 – 0 defeat by Railway in Round 2 of their league campaign and this was a much more competitive game and closer than the scoreline suggest. They could have easily added to their try from Ciara Farrell and, I must say, I can’t help but admire their excellent attitude throughout.
Our Player of the Game goes to Railway Union’s Aoife McDermott who seems to have grown in confidence since her Ireland debut during the Six Nations. McDermott may well be Railway’s secret card in the hole for the remainder of the season as they push for a League and Cup double.