Club Women

All Ireland League Week 4 Preview

By John McMurtry

Oct 22, 2021

AS it STANDS

The Women's AIL returns this week with some interesting games. We should be out covering 3 of the matches and we thought this would be an opportune time  to check how it's been going for the, much changed, teams so far. Read on for our review of the teams and our predictions for this weekends fixtures! 

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Rugby is  back

No. 1    P 3   W 3   PD 99   PTs 15

UL Bohemian top the All Ireland League with three wins from three. The Limerick giants have picked up a try bonus in every match averaging just under 8 tries per game. However, a conversion rate of 43% will be giving their perfectionist coach Niamh Briggs a few sleepless nights!

UL BOHEMIAN

Railway will not be happy to be sitting in 2nd place with two wins and a Covid cancellation. An opening day bonus point win against 'contenders' Blackrock set the tone and they followed that up with a record breaking win against Wicklow to see them average 14 tries per game with a conversion rate of 43%.

RAILWAY UNION

No. 2   P 3   W 2   PD 156  PTs 12

Rock have piled on the points since their opening day loss to Railway and sit third in the league with 10 points from two big bonus point wins. They are crossing the  line at a rate of almost 7 tries per game with a conversion rate of 47%

blackrock college

No. 3   P 3   W 2   PD 99   PTs 10

Belvo hit their first bump when they were turned over by Bohs in the last round and sit in 4th place on points difference. They just missed out on a try bonus against Bohs but are averaging almost 8 tries per game and have a conversion rate of 48% 

old belvedere

No.4   P 3   W 2    PD 79    PTs 10

The league newcomers have to be happy with their 2 wins from their first three games plus a try bonus against Galwegians. This sees them in 5th place with 9 points. They are averaging three tries a game with a conversion rate of 55%. 

BallincolLig

No.5   P 3   W 2    PD 1      PTs 10

A bonus point win against Galwegians and a Covid cancellation sees Malone in 6th place with 7 points. A big loss to Old Belvedere hasn't done their averages any favours but they do average more than three tries per game played! Their conversion rate, at 14%, needs a bit of work. 

malone

No.6    P 3    W 1    PD -37   PTs 7

A rebuilding Suttonians will be pleased they picked up their first win of the season, against Cooke, in the last round.  It was a good response to a big loss to Blackrock.  They average less than two tries per game with a conversion rate of 40% though their kicker Catherine Galvin has added 4 penalties.

suttonians

No.7    P 3    W 1    PD -35   PTs 5

Cooke will be disappointed with their loss against Suttonians but they are not going to win games if they only play for a half. They did put enough away against Ballincollig for a bonus point win and are averaging just under three tries a game and kicker Amanda Morton has an impressive conversion rate at 75%. 

Cooke

No.8    P 3    W 1   PD -36   PTs 5

A young and much rejigged Galwegians have had a difficult start to the season and are yet to pick up their first win. They have crossed in all their games, averaging more than two tries per game, with a conversion rate of 43%, and if they can tighten their defence those wins will come. 

GALWEGIANS

No.9    P 3   W 0   PD -58   PTs 0

It's been a baptism of fire for Wicklow who have suffered three big defeats in their debut season. The steep learning curve will level off in the second half of the season and once they start winning they do have the resources to build a dynasty. 

wicklow

No.10  P 3   W 0  PD -268   PTs 0

old belvedere

ballincollig

Saturday 23rd October KO 14:30

BELVO TO WIN

Cooke

Blackrock College

Saturday 23rd October KO 17:00

Rock TO WIN

Galwegians

Suttonians

Saturday 23rd October KO 17:00

Galwegians TO WIN

RAILWAY UNION

ul bohemian

Saturday 23rd October KO 17:00

railway TO WIN

WICKLOW

MALONE

Saturday 23rd October KO 17:00

malone TO WIN

where are the stats?

We were just concentrating on getting out and getting matches covered during this return to rugby and we've been doing so many matches we haven't had time to do the stats - or more importantly to verify them.  We do expect to have our full stat service for the Women's AIL back after Week 6. So keep scoring and we'll catch up! 

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