The Women’s All Ireland League resumes this weekend after a week off for all teams. Second place Old Belvedere miss out with a bye weekend.

The full fixture list is below with our review of the games following

Sat 17th Nov 18 14:00 Galwegians   v   Cooke Crowley Park
Sat 17th Nov 18 14:00 Railway Union RFC   v   U.L. Bohemian Park Avenue
Sat 17th Nov 18 14:30 St Mary’s College   v   Blackrock Templeville Road


Galwegians v Cooke

Cooke travel to Galway this weekend to take on Galwegians. The two sides produced underdog wins in the last round, with Galwegians beating Old Belvedere and Cooke beating UL Bohemian.

The Belfast side will look to build on the attacking skills they showed in the last round when they scored five tries. Cooke’s forwards showed their strength turning over a number of scrums in the game and the backs showed good support in attack with young centre Kelly McCormill going over for a brace. 

Galwegians will be looking forward to getting back to Crowley Park after deposing then league leaders Belvo at Anglesea Road in the last round. Wegians are a formidable side when at home, and will be looking rebuild thier home form after their losing to Railway by a point two rounds ago.

Cooke will need to be wary of top points scorer Denis Redmond, with her powerful runs and solid boot. Traditionally this has always been a closely contested, with both packs taking the physical battle to each other. Historically it has been the home team that’s had gained the victory on the day, but this should be a close one and it’s all to play for.

Railway Union v UL Bohemian

First place in the league takes on the title holders, but who will come out on top? Both teams will be missing starting players due to international duty, but both teams will be used to this by now, and will be prepared to prove their strength in depth regardless of who is on the pitch.

Boh’s will be looking to get their campaign back on track after their loss to Cooke. The Limerick girls will bring the up front battle, and with the ever reliant boot of Briggs will be able to get points on the board from any kick-able penalty.

Railway will be keen to maintain their winning run this weekend and hold onto top spot, as well as their 100% win record, in this battle of the old rivals. Railway’s pack showed dominance last round against Blackrock, and continued to show the attacking flair that has been their strength for the last number of years. Top try scorer Niamh Byrne will be looking to add to her 5 tries already this season.

This is going to be the match to watch this weekend with the top of the table at stake. Both teams are always evenly matched, and bring their best out when playing each other. The FRU are going to have to back Railway this time around, but we know Boh’s will do their best to prove us wrong.

St. Mary’s v Blackrock

Yet another Dublin derby this weekend, but with four of the seven teams being based in Dublin it is hard for there not be at least one a round.

Blackrock will be looking to get back on track, after their defeat to Railway in the previous round. Rock have really developed this season, and they will be looking forward to showing off their skills in this round. They will be missing their hot stepper Michelle Claffey, as she prepares for her start against USA on Sunday, but that will not stop Blackrock’s attacking intent.

St Mary’s will be looking forward to getting back into action after their bye in the previous round. Mary’s have showed improvements across the board this season but will be looking to show more composure in the oppositions 22. Their forwards will be hard working ball carriers with the backs attacking well, lead by an in form Jet Duinmeijer.

Although St Mary’s have showed great improvement, the FRU are going to have to back Blackrock in this round. Rock will be still be gutted about their lost in the last round to Railway, and will be looking to climb the table after being leapfrogged by Cooke and Galwegians last time out.


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