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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Railway Union RFC

Women’s AIL. Semi Final 2 Railway Union 36 Blackrock 34

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 […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Old Belvedere RFC

Energia AIL Women. Old Belvedere 3 Blackrock College 12 (Week 10 Refix)

Old Belvedere and Blackrock College got their Week 10 refix game out of the way on Thursday night at the Ollie Campbell Stadium with Blackrock coming out on top with a 3 – 12 win. Jemma Jackson  was the home team’s only scorer with a first half penalty. Blackrock replied with a first half try […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC

Energia AIL Women. Cooke 17 Blackrock College 41

Blackrock College pulled away in the second half, against Cooke at Shaw’s Bridge,  to record a comprehensive win in the Women’s Energia AIL.  It’s been a few weeks since Cooke have managed to get a game at Shaw’s Bridge under their belt and they started this one with plenty of enthusiasm with Beth Cregan crashing […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Malone RFC

Energia AIL Women Malone 0 Blackrock College 36

Blackrock College got back to winning ways with six try win against Malone at Gibson Park on Saturday evening.  Malone weren’t as far off the pace as the score line suggests, the home side suffering from a bit of hesitance at key stages, particularly in attack and this young side are still on an upward […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC

Club Women: Blackrock College 12 Cooke 26 (Energia AIL)

[pullquote]Report and pictures by JC Sports Photography[/pullquote] Cooke made the trip down the M1 to a sunny Stradbrook Road for round three of the Women’s AIL and a strong final quarter saw them record a valuable bonus point win. Blackrock were without their Irish contingent who are in Scotland for an Ireland training camp and […]

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2018-19 All Ireland Sevens Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Galwegians RFC Old Belvedere RFC Railway Union RFC

Club Women: All Ireland Sevens – Part 2.

Continuing from Part 1.  Old Belvedere and Cooke had completed their Pool matches, both recording two wins from two.  This left the following matches to decide who would join them in the semi finals.  Match 5: Blackrock v Galwegians (Pool A) Match 6: Cooke v UL Bohemian (Pool B)  The results and galleries from the […]

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2018-19 All Ireland Sevens Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Galwegians RFC Old Belvedere RFC Railway Union RFC UL Bohemian RFC

Club Women: All Ireland Sevens – Part 1

Six Women’s All Ireland sides competed in the inaugural Women’s Club Sevens competition yesterday afternoon at Terenure College RFC.  The six teams were split onto two pools as follows.  Pool A Pool B Blackrock College Cooke Galwegians UL Bohs Railway Union Old Belvedere I’d made the two and a half  hour trip down to cover […]

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2018-19 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Galwegians RFC Old Belvedere RFC Railway Union RFC St Mary's College RFC UL Bohemian RFC

Club Women. All Ireland League – Who Did What?

The much maligned Women’s All Ireland League finished it’s regular season on Saturday 23rd March with UL Bohemian, Old Belvedere, Railway Union and Blackrock going forward to the league playoffs to see who will be crowned Champions of Ireland for 2019. The semi finals will take place on Saturday 13th April as follows Old Belvedere […]

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2018-19 All Ireland Cup Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women UL Bohemian RFC

Club Women: UL Bohemian 17 Blackrock 5 (Cup Final)

UL Bohemian will now have their sights firmly set on a League and Cup double after picking up their sixth Women’s All Ireland Cup after a hard fought win against Blackrock College at Ashbourne on Saturday afternoon. The clubs will go head to head again in two weeks time in Limerick when they meet in […]

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2018-19 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Railway Union RFC

Club Women: Blackrock 0 Railway Union 30

Round 12 of the Women’s AIL saw Railway Union make the short trip to Stradbrook Road to take on Blackrock on a beautiful sunny evening in south Dublin. The opening ten minutes was played largely between the 10 metre lines but once Railway outhalf Claire Keohane crossed for her side’s first try in the twelfth […]

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2018-19 Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Suttonians RFC

Club Women: Blackrock 19 Suttonians 3 (WAICUP)

A sizeable crowd gathered at Stradbrook Road for the semifinal of the Women’s’ All Ireland Cup between Blackrock and Suttonians and they were treated to a highly-competitive game that featured some excellent scores. The visitors registered the first points of the game after 8 minutes when Nicole Carroll knocked over a penalty which followed a […]

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2018-19 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women St Mary's College RFC

Club Women: Blackrock 48 St Mary’s 0 (WAIL)

Storm Erik had thankfully made its exit by the time kickoff rolled around and we were left with a perfect evening for rugby as St Marys made the short trip to Stradbrook Road to face Blackrock in Round 11 of the AIL. Mary’s started positively and forced a couple of penalties from the home side, […]

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2018-19 All Ireland Cup Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Old Belvedere RFC

Club Women: Blackrock College 15 Old Belvedere 0 (WAIC)

Blackrock College progress to the semi finals of the All Ireland Cup following a 15 – 0 win against, Dublin rivals, Old Belvedere on Saturday evening at Stradbrook. Irish International Jackie Shiels did the damage, knocking over a first half penalty before scoring a converted try at the start of the second. Meabh Scally completed […]

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2018-19 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women St Mary's College RFC

Club Women: St Mary’s College 12 Blackrock College 64

John Crother’s reports from Templeville Road. We reconvened at Templeville Road today for the re-fixed round 6 encounter between St Mary’s College and Blackrock College and a better day for it we couldn’t have wished. Blackrock were missing three of their frontliners to Ireland camp but it didn’t seem to trouble them as they ran […]

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2018-19 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC

Club Women: Cooke 12 Blackrock 22 (WAIL)

Cooke hosted Blackrock at Shawsbridge this weekend in Round 8 of the Women’s All Ireland League. The Belfast side took an early lead with a try after ten minutes, Eliza Downey dotting down out wide after some good interchanges between the forwards and backs. The home side looked to push on and kept possession of […]

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2018-19 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC

Club Women: Blackrock 17 Cooke 8

Blackrock entertained Cooke in the Women’s All Ireland League under the lights at Stradbrook on a damp Saturday evening. Cooke started well and took a 0 – 3 lead through a Vicky Irwin penalty after five minutes. Thereafter Blackrock dominated possession and territory but struggled to break down the Cooke defence as they battle out […]

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2018-19 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Railway Union RFC

Club Women: How Rock will roll Railway!

I sat down earlier in the week with my old friend Philip Doyle, former coach of Ireland and Ulster and now coach of Blackrock College to discuss their upcoming match against Railway Union this weekend. You can view our chat and some of the tactics to be used in the video below.

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2018-19 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women UL Bohemian RFC

Club Women: Blackrock 33 UL Bohemian 40

Matchday 4 of the Women’s AIL produced a lively contest between Blackrock and UL Bohemians on Saturday evening at a chilly Stradbrook Road which featured eleven tries to help keep the cold at bay. Bohs were quickest out of the blocks and their forwards went about their business as effectively as usual, dictating the early […]

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2017-18 All Ireland Cup Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Railway Union RFC St Mary's College RFC UL Bohemian RFC

Women’s All Ireland Cup Finals

The Women’s All Ireland Cup Finals were completed this weekend to much publicity and fanfare! Women AIL Cup Final: Railway Union 33 UL Bohemian 3 In the Cup Final, Railway Union took a massive step towards a possible League and Cup double with a convincing 33 – 3 win against their main rivals and defending […]

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2017-18 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Tullamore RFC

WAIL: Blackrock 23 Tullamore 22

A late, late, penalty from Hannah O’Connor secured the 23 – 22 win for Blackrock against Tullamore in this mid table All Ireland League clash at Stradbrook. The first half was a dour affair with too many handling mistakes from both sides. However, after a brief flourish from Tullamore, Blackrock, guided by experienced international Tania Rosser, […]

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2017-18 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC

WAIL: Cooke 28 Blackrock 5

Cooke Women entertained Blackrock at Shawsbridge on Sunday afternoon in the 2nd round of the Women’s All Ireland league. Beth Cregan, Ilse van Staden and Brittany Hogan all scored for the home side with out half Vicky Irwin adding two conversions and three penalties in a 28 – 5 win. Blackrock’s points coming from a […]

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2016-17 All Ireland Cup Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women UL Bohemian RFC

Women’s All Ireland Cup: UL Bohemians 26 Blackrock 17

The Women’s All Ireland Cup Final was held in Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Sunday afternoon between UL Bohemians and Blackrock. These teams have met already twice this season in the All Ireland League with UL Bohemians coming out on top, but Blackrock looked keen to make amends. Report by Aishling O’Connell. We did find an Ulster connection […]

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2016-17 All Ireland Cup Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC

Women: Ballynahinch v Blackrock Match Gallery

It was a tough introduction to All Ireland rugby for a young Ballynahinch side when they entertained Blackrock on Sunday afternoon in the opening round of the All Ireland Cup. After a competitive first half the visitors pulled away to record a 3 – 66 win. Gallery below

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2016-17 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC

Women: AIL Week 3 – Cooke v Blackrock.

Sunday was something of a setback for our featured side Cooke Women RFC, who suffered their second defeat in the All Ireland League, losing 12 – 27 to Blackrock at Shaw’s Bridge.  The win enabled Blackrock to leapfrog Cooke in the league, the Belfast side doubly disappointed in that they failed to pick up a […]