The Women’s AIL continues this week before a break next week for the Autumn International against the USA. St Mary’s College have a week off and the leading teams will be missing their International and Sevens players as preparations continue ahead of the USA game and the Sevens teams head off to an invitational tournament in France.
All the matches are being played on Sunday this week with a 13:00 kick off.
|Cooke||v||U.L. Bohemian||Shaws Bridge|
|Old Belvedere||v||Galwegians||Anglesea Road|
|Railway Union RFC||v||Blackrock||Park Avenue|
Cooke v UL Bohemian
Cooke will be looking to be the first side to derail lean mean red machine this season when they entertain UL Bohemian at Shaws Bridge. The home side should be well refreshed, having had two weeks off, and there will be a few players in the northern province eager to make a point having missed out on the various Ireland panels.
However Bohs will still be fielding their experienced core and with a rejuvenated Niamh Briggs calling the shots they will still go into the game as favourites. The home side wil need to produce a full 80 minute performance if they are to cause an upset.
Old Belvedere v Galwegians
Galwegians will travel with some confidence after their close run match against then league leaders Railway Union last week. they certainly know their way to the try line and with Denise Redmond topping the scoring tables they know how to maximise their points.
However, the Connacht side have also been shipping quite a few scores and in Old Belvedere they face the league’s leading scorers who have Elise O’Byrne White and Gemma Matthews sitting on four tries each.
The D4 Aristo’s will be looking at the top of the table as their rightful place and with a harder edge this season they should do enough to keep themselves in front in this one.
Railway Union v Blackrock
Blackrock will be looking at this as a chance to get back into the top four this season even though they are likely to be missing their leading try scorer Michelle Claffey. Lessons will have been learned from leaving it all too late last week and coach Philip Doyle should have them ready from the off this time round.
Railway have struggled with the demands of the International call ups this season and they have yet to fully hit their stride despite recording three from three so far. If they don’t hit it in this one I can see the visitors leaving Park Avenue with a win.