This is the first weekend of back to back fixtures as the Women’s AIL hit’s it’s mid point of the season. Galwegians sit out these two weeks.
The full fixture list is below with our review of the games following.
|Sat 1st Dec 18||17:00||Blackrock||v||Cooke||Stradbrook|
|Sat 1st Dec 18||17:00||Railway Union RFC||v||Old Belvedere||Park Ave|
|Sat 1st Dec 18||17:00||St Mary’s College||v||U.L. Bohemian||Templeville Road|
Blackrock v Cooke
Cooke travel to Dublin to take on Blackrock. The Belfast side will be looking to build on their wins from the last two rounds. Cooke backed up their win against Boh’s with an away win to Galwegians and they will be looking to consolidate their top four standing. They have shown improved composure this season and their crop of young players have developed well.
Blackrock will be looking forward to the game after their match against Mary’s was postponed. Rock have also shown good development this year under their new coaches, and they will look to build on their strong home performances from previous rounds.
This will be a tight battle, between teams who are always evenly matched. There will only be a few points between them, going in favour of the team that executes their chances and, with more recent game time, that should be Cooke.
Railway Union v Old Belvedere
This should be the game of the round with the top two going head to head at Park Avenue in this Dublin Derby.
Old Belvedere will be looking to get back on track after their home defeat to Galwegians in their last match. The “D4 Aristros” are currently in joint second spot in the league but will be looking to close the points gap this weekend. Belvo have had a mixed bag this season, with three convincing wins and two narrow defeats. They have shown how good their attack is for many seasons but it’s their defence that is making it’s mark this season, with only 45 points conceded over five games. They will need to show this strong defence against their neighbours this weekend.
However, Railway will be looking to continue their winning streak this weekend. They are the only undefeated team in the league and have shown their ability to score with four try bonus points. Railway, who are eight points clear at the top of the table, will be wary of their home defeat to Old Belvo in last years AIL semi final. However, they have shown much better composure in their games this year, especially in their win against Boh’s in the last round.
This one looks like a home win, it is hard to argue with Railway’s winning streak and home advantage. The two teams will know what to expect from each other and it should be a close game with only a try separating the teams.
St. Mary’s v UL Bohemian
UL Boh’s travel to Dublin again this weekend. However they will be looking to come away with the points after a loss to Railway in the last round. Boh’s have suffered two uncharacteristic losses this season so far, and will be looking to show their strength this week. The Limerick side have shown great attack again this season, but will be looking to show some more composure in their defence to grind out the wins that they are so used to getting.
St Mary’s will be looking forward to testing themselves this weekend against the defending league champions. The Dublin side have shown some development in their first 4 games, with a very physical pack and a strong backline. However, they will need to capitalise on their chances in this game, as they will be few and far between.
It looks likely that that “Boring Old Boh’s” will get back to their winning ways in this one.