It’s a rare weekend this time round with all six of the Ulster Women’s senior sides in action on Sunday afternoon.
First up in Division 1 we have Cooke against Old Belvedere and the Belfast outfit could hardly have a more difficult match to welcome them back to competitive rugby after last weeks break. Cooke will knuckle down, as always, continue with their rebuilding plans and will look to use this game to get them selves in shape for next week’s must win game against fellow struggler’s Blackrock. If they win that one they should be fairly sure of continued AIL1 representation next season where they stand a fair chance of being joined by another Ulster side from AIL2N
FRU PREDICTS: Old Belvedere.
One of the teams in the running for joining Cooke next season is Belfast Harlequins who still top AIL2N despite a narrow defeat by Queen’s University last time out, though Queens do have a game in hand. Realistically, Quins now need to win the rest of their games and hope that Queen’s slip up, and they face a difficult enough encounter this weekend with a resurgent Enniskillen making the trip to Deramore. Skins impressed last week with a gritty and determined win against Garda with Etna Flanagan impressive in attack and, well, the whole team impressive in defence but I think the Quins girls will have too much out wide and should do enough to secure the win.
FRU Predicts: Belfast Harlequins.
The girls of Co Cavan RFC welcome the Garda this week to Swellan Park and despite their lowly position the home side will be hoping for a win and will take a lot of positives out of Enniskillen turning over their opponents last week. However, Cavan are missing key players this season and have struggled to get a run of games together so I think that the police outfit will be just too strong.
FRU Predicts: Garda
Unbeaten Queen’s University travel to Judge’s Road to take on City of Derry in the our match of the weekend. Queen’s have been playing some lovely rugby this season and after their very impressive win against Quins last time out they really have the league in their own hands. Despite the selfless Stacey Lea Kennedy working hard to whip this new look Derry side into shape this season I’m afraid I can only really see one winner though it might be a lot closer than most people think.
FRU Predicts: Queen’s University. [/wptabcontent]
|Div1||Cooke||v||Old Belvedere||Shaw’s Bridge|
|Div 2||Belfast Harlequins||v||Enniskillen||Deramore Park|
|Div 2||Cavan||v||Garda||Swellan Park|
|Div 2||City Of Derry||v||Queens University||Judge’s Road|
|5||City Of Derry||3||1||0||2||5||69||-64||0||0||5|