It was a baptism of fire for AIL newcomers Malone and Suttonians as they hosted two of the form teams in the Women’s AIL in their opening fixtures. Both went down heavily, but there were enough positives from their performances for them to expect brighter days ahead.

The biggest surprise of the opening round was Blackrock’s big win at home against Galwegians. The talk at the matches we covered was on Rock’s impressive pre-season recruitment but WOW what a result.

You can view the results below.

Rock, Boh’s and Railway all picked up a bonus point win but, in the other match, Cooke will be disappointed that they returned to Belfast with no points following a narrow loss against our pre-season favourites Old Belvedere. We might have to kick that favourites tag down the shore a bit if Rock continue to build on their sensational start!

All this gives Week 1 League Standings as follows.


There were 247 points scored in Week 1.

The points came from 41 tries, 18 conversions (44% conversion rate) and 2 penalties.

A sensational game from Rock’s Hannah O’Connor, who is in the form of her life,  puts the Interprovincial’s leading scorer in first place after Week 1.

However, young veteran, Chloe Pearse has found a new lease of life in the front row, something I can relate to having played there in 3 decades and 2 centuries 😀 😎 but only in my dreams did I ever score five tries in one game!

Honourable mention to Railway’s Stephanie Carroll who bagged an early season hat-trick and Suttonians Maeve O’Brien who bagged two in her club’s first  game in the AIL.

I’m also reliably informed that Cooke’s Vicky/Victoria Irwin continued her 100% kicking record for the season bagging both Cooke’s chances this week to add to her 7/7 in last weeks cup win.

You can see all the scorers below. We’ll break it out for the individual clubs as the season progresses.

Hannah O’ConnorBlackrock27127
Chloe PearseUL Bohemian525
Stephanie CarrollRailway Union315
Ailsa HughesRailway Union210
Laura SheehanUL Bohemian210
Maeve O’BrienSuttonians210
Mairaid HolohanBlackrock210
Michelle ClaffeyBlackrock210
Larissa MuldoonRailway Union36
Caoimhe TiernanUL Bohemian15
Ciara GriffinUL Bohemian15
Clodagh O’HalloranUL Bohemian15
Daisy EarleRailway Union15
Dearbhla CantyGalwegians15
Elise O’Byrne WhiteOld Belvedere15
Grainne O’loughlinRailway Union15
Hanna HarrisCooke15
Jenni BurkeBlackrock15
Kate SheehanUL Bohemian15
Linda DjougangOld Belvedere15
Lindsay PeatRailway Union15
Lisa CallanRailway Union15
Maeve ListonBlackrock15
Netasja BehanBlackrock15
Niamh ByrneRailway Union15
Ray LawlessBlackrock15
Rosie NewtonBlackrock15
Sarah QuinUL Bohemian15
Tara BuggieGalwegians15
Victoria Dubanovich O’MahonyOld Belvedere15
Vicky IrwinCooke115
Aine DonnellyOld Belvedere24
Katelyn FaustRailway Union24
Nicole FowleyGalwegians24
Nicole FitzgeraldUL Bohemian12

Players Player Nominations

The players player nominated by their opposition for Week 1 are:

Blackrock Hannah O’Connor

Cooke Aishling O’Connell

Galwegians Mary Helaly 

Malone Neve Jones

Old Belvedere Kathryn Dane

Railway Union Lisa Callan 

Suttonians Julia Bauer

UL Bohemian Chloe Pearse

Well done to all.

Upcoming Fixtures

Some cracking fixtures this weekend.

We will, of course, be all over Cooke v Malone and we hope to get someone along to Limerick to get an early season look at Rock and refresh our Hannah O’Connor and Chloe Pearse picture collections 😛


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