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The second AIL Virtual Semi Final went down to the wire as Blackrock College battled it out with defending champions Railway Union.

Blackrock, represented by Michelle Claffey and Valerie Powers probably enjoyed the bulk of the game but Railway’s Melissa Slevin and Nikki Caughey snatched the result by claiming both penalty try chances.

However, if I’d seen this full video and if I had known it was Maeve Liston at the time I might have awarded the extra points to Rock. 😆

Blackrock and Ulster’s Maeve Liston with a unique toilet roll challenge.

The teams sparred it out over the opening rounds with Rock having an edge in the quiz questions. However an early seven pointer from Railway’s Aoife McDermott in the tea bag challenge kept them in front.


Blackrock were too late in getting their tea bag challenge in though it was a fine effort from Laura Delaney.


However Rock battled back and took the lead after thie headstand efforts from Mairead Holohan and Aisling Brosnan.

Mairead Holohan gets in a quick headstand.
Extra style points for Rock’s Aisling Brosnan

Though Railway responded with a couple of stylish efforts of their own.


However, this penalty try effort in the toilet roll challenge from Larissa Muldoon pushed Railway clear as the teams went into the final rounds.

Larissa Muldoon steals the game for Railway.

Trailing by six points with two rounds to go Blackrock made a big effort to get parity with three Ulster shirt bonus points in the non club clolours challenge.


However, Railway were able to pick up enough bonus points from their Ulster contingent to keep their noses in front.

A two point win was enough to see Railway progress to the final following a strong challenge from Rock.

You can view the full match below.

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