The results in Week 10 threw the cat in amongst the pigeons at the top and the bottom of the Women’s All Ireland League, and all this despite the cancellation of the fixture between Blackrock and Old Belvedere.

At the top of the table those wonderful old warhorses at UL Bohemian made amends for last weeks loss to Old Belvedere with a resounding win against Railway Union.

After a first half largely dominated by Railway, the home side were able to dig deep and find a way to win as fullback, and try scorer, Aine Staunton told the Front Row Union.

As for Railway, this was their second defeat to Boh’s this season and their fourth loss to the Limerick side in five outings over the last two seasons. We asked Railway’s Canadian International Emma Taylor if it was starting to become an issue for the Dublin club?

While Railway will no doubt come back from this setback they will be particularly disappointed that their destiny is no longer in their own hands and they will have to rely on someone else doing them a favour if they are going to finish at the top of the table.

The four match run in for the two teams is as follows.

Team UL Bohemian Railway Union
Week 11 Galwegians (a) Blackrock (h)
Week 12 Cooke (h) Old Belvedere (a)
Week 13 Highfield (a) Tullamore (a)
Week 14 Tullamore (h) Galwegians (h)


Full report and match gallery here WAIL: UL Bohemian 29 Railway Union 12

Unfortunately our other featured match for Week 10, Blackrock v Old Belvedere, was cancelled due to the weather. It’s disappointing as we wanted to catch up with a resurgent Old Belvedere but that will have to wait for another day.

In Saturdays other match, Cooke v Tullamore, the Belfast side consolidated their position in the top four thanks to a comfortable 34 – 10 win against the Offaly outfit.

Emma Jordan scored a try for Cooke Women against Tullamore Women © The Front Row Union

Cooke’s tries came from Amy Graham (2). Emma Jordan, Alanagh Chipperfield and Jemma Jackson, the latter adding three conversions and a penalty to the total. Tullamore’s tries came from Emer Phelan and Clodagh Hanniffy.

The win will be a relief for Cooke who had lost their previous three league games but the defeat, coupled with other results, sees Tullamore hit the bottom of the table and boy oh boy do they have a difficult run in!

The other result that sent Tullamore to the bottom of the league was the Sunday match between Highfield and, the newly renamed, WTF Galwegians.  😯

Yep, after beating Cooke last week it was another “WTF Galwegians” moment as they lost out 22 – 14 to Highfield in this bottom of the table tussle.

Highfield picked up a precious bonus point in the process which lifted them a point clear of Tullamore at the bottom of the league. Their tries came from Heather O’Brien (2), Alice Brislane and Linda McNamara with Denise Redmond and Sarah Cassidy responding for Galwegians.

All this leaves the table as follows.

Team Pl W D L F A Diff TB LB Pts
U.L. Bohemian 10 9 0 1 322 98 224 8 0 44
Railway Union RFC 10 8 0 2 445 79 366 7 0 39
Old Belvedere 9 6 0 3 265 94 171 5 1 30
Cooke 10 6 0 4 195 159 36 4 0 28
Blackrock 9 3 0 6 155 334 -179 4 0 16
Galwegians 10 2 1 7 141 314 -173 4 1 15
Highfield 10 2 1 7 106 321 -215 3 1 14
Tullamore 10 2 0 8 142 372 -230 3 2 13