It’s been a while since we caught up on the Women’s All Ireland League as it’s taken the guts of a month to get these games played.

It was one of those rounds where the top four played the bottom four and with the top four all winning, with try bonuses attached, nothing much has changed.

The results over the month of March are as follows:

Sun 18th Mar Highfield 0 – 31 U.L. Bohemian Woodleigh Park
Mon 19th Mar Blackrock 7 – 27 Cooke Shaws Bridge
Sat 24th Mar Galwegians 10 – 26 Old Belvedere Crowley Park
Wed 28th Mar Tullamore 5 – 68 Railway Union RFC Spollanstown


All this leaves the league as it was, with UL Bohemian, Railway Union, Old Belvedere and Cooke all destined to go into the league play offs on 14th April.

Two teams, Galwegians and Tullamore, still have the threat of the drop hanging over them though Tullamore would need to produce something of a sensational result at UL Bohemian on 8th April if they are to stay up.

The league standings, going into the last round, are as follows:

Team Pl W D L F A Diff TB LB Pts
U.L. Bohemian 13 12 0 1 449 106 343 11 0 59
Railway Union 13 10 0 3 561 103 458 9 0 49
Old Belvedere 13 10 0 3 392 114 278 8 1 49
Cooke 13 8 0 5 259 214 45 6 0 38
Blackrock 13 4 0 9 199 474 -275 5 0 21
Highfield 13 3 1 9 130 393 -263 3 1 18
Galwegians 13 2 1 10 175 420 -245 4 1 15
Tullamore 13 2 0 11 154 495 -341 3 2 13


We caught up with the final game of Round 13, Tullamore v Railway Union, on Wednesday night in what was an entertaining game. The match pitched the Women’s All Ireland Shield Winners against the Women’s All Ireland Cup Winners and it was the Cup Winners, Railway Union, that came out well on top with a 5 – 68 win at Spollanstown.

The visitors ran in 12 tries with Emer O’Mahoney, Meg Kendal, Niamh Byrne, Larissa Muldoon, Katie O’Dwyer, Kate McCarthy, Aoife McDermott (3), Ailsa Hughes and Aimee Clarke (2) all crossing.

Despite the score line, there can be no doubt that Tullamore have improved dramatically throughout their first season in the AIL. I’d witnessed thier 105 – 0 defeat by Railway in Round 2 of their league campaign and this was a much more competitive game and closer than the scoreline suggest. They could have easily added to their try from Ciara Farrell and, I must say, I can’t help but admire their excellent attitude throughout.

Our Player of the Game goes to Railway Union’s Aoife McDermott who seems to have grown in confidence since her Ireland debut during the Six Nations. McDermott may well be Railway’s secret card in the hole for the remainder of the season as they push for a League and Cup double.