AIL Roundup: Women’s Division 1

Round 2 of the Energia AIL Women’s Division, saw some teams getting their season underway, while Blackrock and Old Belvedere continue their winning streak, Galwegians joining them, in a three-horse race for the summit.

Railway Union began their season with a 24-5 bonus point win away to UL Bohemian. Tied at the break with Molly Byrne and UL’s Geena Beehan both crossing for tries, Railway notched three unanswered second have tries to give the Dubliners the win.

Galwegians left it late to secure a point against Suttonians, Ellen Connolly’s late try converted by Nicole Fowley saw them share the spoils 31-31. It was all the visitors in the first half, taking a 24-7 lead to the break, Sinead O’Brien, Lea Turner and Dearbhla Canty all crossing for tries.

Annie Buntine and Catherine Martin ignited the Suttonians comeback in the second half, but it was the last minute Connolly effort that saw Galwegians remain unbeaten.

Old Belvedere put 13 tries past Ballincollig as they continued their impressive start to the campaign, Dannah O’Brien kicked 10 conversions in a great showing from the young Irish international, Clare Gorman crossed for four tries, Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird the sides captain ran three over.

Blackrock College remain top of the table with another bonus point performance, defeating Cooke 40-7, Enya Breen made her debut as they crossed for six tries in total. Cooke failed to put up a score until the second half, Meabh Deely kicked five conversions while also crossing for a try herself.

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.

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