2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

The FRU Women’s AIL Dream Team

What a response we had for our Dream Team nominations with 17, 661 votes cast, the votes not only coming from Ireland and the UK but from 51 different countries with the USA, New Zealand, France, Australia and Canada all showing substantial activity.

It was fun watching how the voting proceeded with the Munster mafia first to get mobilized followed by a lot of activity round Dublin and a late, well timed, surge from Galway.

Such was the interest we’ve decided to announce a 23 player squad for the Dream Team, and you never know, we might get a challenge match organised for charity once things return to normal.

Given, the quality of the nominations I knew this was going to be a good team. It’s slightly different that he one I envisaged, and some big names have missed out, but it’s a team I’d happily put forward against any other women’s side in these islands.

Unsurprisingly, our Team of the Season, UL Bohemian, lead the way with 7 starting nominations and 1 replacement. Next up we have Railway Union with 3 starting players and 3 replacements followed by Galwegians with 3 starts and Blackrock with 1 start and 2 replacements. Malone and Old Belvedere make up the numbers with 1 start and 1 replacement respectively.

The replacements were selected as the player with the second highest number of votes in the relevant position, or positions, as appropriate.

The Front Row Union Dream Team

PositionTotal VotesPlayerClub Votes
1. Loosehead1202Chloe PearseUL Bohemian545
2. Hooker1288Kate SheehanUL Bohemian512
3. Tighthead 1258Fiona ReidyUL Bohemian567
4. Second Row1396Ciara O’HalloranUL Bohemian548
5. Second Row1063Clodagh O’HalloranUL Bohemian460
6. Blind Side1448Edel MurphyUL Bohemian669
7. Openside1045Ciara GriffinUL Bohemian576
8. Number 81186Deirdre RobertsRailway Union482
9. Scrumhalf1626Mary HealeyGalwegians783
10. Outhalf1799Niclole FowleyGalwegians775
11. Left Wing741Steph CarrollRailway Union309
12. Centre711Michelle ClaffeyBlackrock 320
13. Centre838Aoife DoyleRailway Union424
14. Right Wing1075Ursula SalmonGalwegians474
15. Fullback985Ella DurkanMalone388
16. Rep. FRLisa CallanRailway Union428
17. Rep. FRLyndsey PeatRailway Union498
18. Rep. FRKatie O’DwyerRailway Union518
19. Rep. SRJudy BobbettBlackrock 489
20. Rep. BRCaoihme MolloyBlackrock 508
21. Rep. HBJemma JacksonOld Belvedere739
22. Rep. CRachel AllenUL Bohemian249
23. Rep. BTLarissa MuldoonRailway Union338

The captaincy of such a fine team should go to the player with the highest number of individual votes and the Galwegians half back pairing came first and second in this regard with Mary Healy just piping Nicole Fowley by 8 votes.

However, this pair will be doing enough chittering throughout the game 😀 so I’m going to indulge myself and name Malone and Ulster’s Ella Durkan as captain, with the brief to run everything from full back as we look to enforce a Barbarians style of rugby. With that bench, we have a plethora of players to come on and close out the game.

Thanks to everyone that took part and congratulations to all the players nominated and, of course, to the selected players above. After seeing some of those voting campaigns in action I should get some of you to run the membership campaign for the site. 🙂

You can view all the votes here.

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