It’s the final week of the Women’s All Ireland League regular season with all teams playing Sunday at 13:00. Well I say all teams, but Highfield have already conceded to Blackrock so there will only be three fixtures completed, which is a bit of a disappointment.
The remaining fixtures are as follows.
|Old Belvedere||v||Cooke||Anglesea Road|
|Railway Union||v||Galwegians||Park Avenue|
|U.L. Bohemian||v||Tullamore||UL All weather pitch|
I’d like to inject a bit of excitement into these final day fixtures and say that the decision by Highfield leaves the door open for Tullamore and Galwegians to leapfrog Highfield in the bottom of the table battle to avoid relegation but as they face the top two sides in UL Bohemian and Railway Union respectively it’s unlikely that they will be able to take advantage.
There is the faintest glimmer of a chance for Tullamore in that U.L Bohemian have absolutely nothing to play for with the top spot finish already secured, so you never know.
Galwegians, on the other hand, face a Railway Union side that still have to confirm their second place finish for home advantage in the knock out rounds. The Park Avenue side are tied on points with their near neighbours Old Belvedere and though the sides are only about a mile apart neither will be wanting to give up home advantage for the play offs.
Old Belvedere, on paper, face the tougher opposition in Cooke, who beat them in the corresponding fixture way back in September. Cooke will be without the talismanic Ilse van Staden and their rising young star Brittany Hogan but the fourth best team in Ireland will be keen to make a point on the shameful lack of consideration of their players during the Women’s Six Nations.
However come 3:00 pm on Sunday I don’t expect the league to have changed all that much from the current standings below.
|Railway Union RFC||13||10||0||3||561||103||458||9||0||49|
*Highfield deducted 2 points.