The Women’s All Ireland League continues this weekend with the reverse of last weekend’s games, Galwegians again have a rest this week.

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

Sat 8th Dec 18 14:00 U.L. Bohemian   v   St Mary’s College Annacotty
Sat 8th Dec 18 17:00 Cooke   v   Blackrock Shawsbridge
Sat 8th Dec 18 17:00 Old Belvedere   v   Railway Union RFC Anglesea Road

U.L. Bohemian v St Mary’s College

It is St Mary’s turn to travel this weekend, as they take on U.L Bohemians. The Dublin side will be happy with crossing the line last weekend against the title holders, however their discipline will need to improve in order for them to really push Boh’s. Mary’s have shown progress throughout the season, but will need to dig deeper again this weekend and will need big performances from captain Aoife Moore, Jet Duinmeijer and Ciara Scanlan in what should be a physical match.

U.L Bohemian are finally back to winning ways, and picking up the bonus point last week end  saw them moving  into second place in the league. They have somewhat suffered with the loss of their internationals in the November window, but will be wanting to make a statement again this weekend.The reliable boot of Niamh Briggs, plus her recent burst of tries, will ensure Boh’s keep the scoreboard ticking, but they will need to be wary of St Mary’s ball carrying threat.

It is never easy to travel to Limerick for any team and, although St Mary’s have finally found their way over the try line, U.L Boh’s will likely take the win this weekend.

Cooke v Blackrock

Philip Doyle will be happy with his sides performance last week, but will be looking for them to show the same again on the road this week. Blackrock will bring the same physical performance that got them the win and their experienced players, Jackie Shields and Tania Rosser, will look to control their attack. Hannah O’Connor has not only been in great from with her kicking but also has shown her ball carrying ability and will be a thorn in Cooke’s side again this weekend.

Cooke will be looking to bounce back to winning ways. Although they showed good play in parts last weekend, they will be looking to kick on and reproduce the attacking flair they displayed against UL Bohs in their last home fixture. Youngster Vicky Irwin has led well at ten, and the ever reliable Ilse Van Staden will be looking for plenty of carries, but Cooke will need to work on their one on one tackling if they are to prevent Blackrock’s attacking momentum this weekend. The Belfast outfit will be looking to get the win to ensure they stay ahead of Blackrock in the table but will need a full 80 minute performance.

This will be a close match again this weekend, with both sides evenly matched. We will have to back, FRU Favourites, Cooke to win at home but there will probably only be a score between the two teams again this weekend.

Old Belvedere v Railway Union 

The battle for the top of the table heats up this weekend after Old Belvedere’s win at Railway Union last weekend, when Belvo put an end to Railways winning streak.

Railway will finally have their Irish internationals back in action, although they have shown their depth of squad with fine performances in their November games with Larrisa Muldoon, Katie O’Dwyre and Emma Taylor all leading from the front.

Old Belvedere will be pleased with their win last weekend, and will be looking for more the same in thiir home fixture. Nothing would give them more pleasure than doing the is season double on Railway and a win this weekend will get them back to touching distance of top spot. The ‘D4 Aristos’ will have the illustrious Linda Djougang and the on form, Gemma Matthews leading their attack in the forwards and backs. As said previously the most impressive thing this season has been Belvos defence, with the least amount of points scored against, and they will be looking to keep this strength this weekend

This will be another tight Dublin derby, and although Railway have set the benchmark early this season, they seem to have difficulty against Belvo in their previous encounters. We will have to go for another home win here.


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