Things aren’t improving for AIL1 representatives Cooke who suffered a huge 0 – 81 defeat at Shaw’s Bridge against Old Belvedere, the only consolation for the Belfast side being that bottom of the table Blackrock suffered a similar defeat keeping the Leinster side pinned firmly at the bottom of the table. Cooke travel to Blackrock next weekend for what should be a relegation decider.
In AIL2 four of the Ulster sides played each other with Belfast Harlequins and Queen’s University Belfast continuing to slug it out for the league title. Belfast Harlequins ended Enniskillen’s recent revival with an impressive 50 – 0 win at Deramore Park.
Pride of place however goes to Queen’s who recorded a whopping 0 – 71 win at Judges Road against City of Derry Ladies. Our reporter Michelle Knurr was there to record the details.
What started as a rainy Sunday afternoon, turned into a beautiful sunny day for rugby in Derry. Not long into the first half, QUB scored their first try with quick ball to outside center, Lauryn Arthur. Jemma Jackson made the conversion bringing the score to 0 – 7.
Queens continued to break Derry’s line of defence and Jackson ran in two more tries with one more conversion taking the score to 19-0. Derry had two penetrating runs, breaking through the QUB defence but fell inches short of the try line. As Queen’s came back and worked the width of the pitch, Gemma McGutchen and Athrur each scored and Jackson’s kicks were spot on as she put both those conversions through ending the first half 0 – 33.
Second half started out with a pressing defence from Derry, making QUB work hard for the try line. A long run from Queen’s fullback, AoifeWalsh, was ended short of the line but Grace Cole was there to finish it off taking the score to 0 – 38. Derry refused to give up and continued to take the scrums, and put up a good fight all the way through 80 minutes only to find themselves continually out-gunned by the pacey Queens back-line.
With captain and fly half, Cathy Craig, adding to the scoreboard in the closing moments the final score came to 0 – 71, with QUB taking the bonus point.
In the other match of the day Cavan put up a spirited fight against the Garda Ladies at Swellan Park but the home side eventually ran out of steam going down 12 – 31 at the final whistle.