The Women’s All Ireland League

Welcome to our Women’s All Ireland League Competition Page. Once play resumes, you will find all the latest information on the competition here. In the mean time you can look back at the league standings and player statistics for the previous seasons.

At the moment the Women’s AIL competition has been postponed for the 2020-21 season due to the COVID -19 pandemic.

The 2019-20 Women’s All Ireland League was cancelled after 12 rounds due to the coronavirus pandemic. This was confirmed by the IRFU on 19th March with the games governing body stating:

There will be no league or cup winners in any competition organised at a national level including the Energia All-Ireland Leagues, Energia Women’s All-Ireland Cup and the Energia Bateman Cup.

The planned expansion of the Energia Women’s All-Ireland League for the 2020/21 season remains in place.

The Front Row Union reacted quickly to bring the season to some sort of completion with online voting and virtual team challenges that ended with UL Bohemian being crowned Virtual Champions. UL Bohemian also picked up our Team of the Season award for their undefeated season.

We also held a poll for The Front Row Union Dream Team for the first time, a competition that registered over 17,000 votes.

League Table

U.L. Bohemian12123571159
Railway Union1292841248
Old Belvedere127110533

Player Statistics

Though the season wasn’t completed it was decided that it was still important to recognise those players who had contributed to the game over the 12 (partial) rounds. Our award winners for the truncated season can be viewed in the drop down lists below.

2019-20 Women’s All Ireland League Leading Scorer

The leading points scorer was Blackrock College RFC’s Hannah O’Connor who scored 80 points from 7 tries, 15 conversions and 5 penalties in an impressive season.

2019-20 Women’s All Ireland League Leading Try Scorer

The leading try scorer was UL Bohemian RFC’s Chloe Pearse who was the leading try scorer across the men’s and women’s All Ireland Leagues with 15 tries from 12 games.

2019-20 Women’s All Ireland League Player’s Player

In the highest ever vote for Women’s AIL, Chloe Pearse was voted the Players Player of the Season after picking up 829 votes (54%) from a total of 1523 votes cast.

Railway Union won the Women’s All Ireland League for the first time, beating UL Bohemian in the playoff final.

Highfield withdrew from the competition before the season started leaving a seven team league. St Mary’s College were relegated at the end of the season. Suttonians beat Malone in the promotion playoffs though both teams were invite to join to take the league back up to eight teams.

League Table

U.L. Bohemian1291168746
Old Belvedere1290154642
Railway Union RFC1280142838
St Mary’s College1200(465)1-1

Player Statistics

2018-19 Leading Points Scorer

The Woman’s AIL Top Points Scorer is U.L Bohemians Niamh Briggs with 88 points. The experienced player racked up 5 tries, 24 conversions and 5 penalties.

2018-19 Leading Try Scorer

The Women’s AIL Top Try Scorer as Galwegians Denise Redmond. The abrasive forward picked up a total of 8 tries over the 11 games she played.

2018-19 Player’s Player

Railway Union’s Emma Taylor was rewarded by her peers,  holding on to onto top spot for the bulk of the season to win the Women’s AIL Players Player Award for 2018/2019.

UL Bohemian’s claimed the league title after a 15 – 0 win against Old Belvedere in the final of the Women’s All Ireland League Playoffs. The result means that Bohs beat every other side twice in a formidable league campaign, this win reversing their only regular season defeat after Blevo claimed a 19 – 0 win in early January.

St Mary’s College regained promotion back into the AIL, beating Tralee RFC in the play-off final. They will replace Tullamore who are relegated after one season in the senior league.

Player Statistics

Women’s All Ireland Player’s Player of the Year Award

Old Belvedere’s Nora Stapleton is the first player to receive the award sponsored by The Front Row Union, after topping a poll of the Women’s Clubs in the All Ireland League, piping Railway Union’s Cliodhna Moloney and UL Bohemian’s Aine Staunton in a close contest.

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