WOMENS ALL-IRELAND FINALS PLAYED AT DUBARRY PARKpublished:Apr 19 2017
DUBARRY PARK was honoured as venue to host the Womens All-Ireland Cup finals on Sunday when UL Bohemian and Tullamore emerged triumphant in their respective finals.
UL Bohs completed a memorable hat-trick of trophies this season when they defeated Blackrock 26-17 in an entertaining and competitive Senior Cup final. With a handful of Ireland internationals in their pack, the Munster side dominated the set-pieces and looked to be on their way to an easy win when they led 14-0 by the end of the first quarter. Elizabeth Burke touched down on the right after 14 minutes and then Sarah Hartigan got through at the posts six minutes later. Both tries emanated from Blackrock errors and Edel Murphy converted both scores.
However, Blackrock then displayed their potential when Michelle Claffey, from Doon, made good ground before releasing Eimear Corri to her right and the strong-running Portlaoise girl romped away for 27th minute unconverted try. In the final move of the half, a forward pass spoiled the Dublin side’s chance to reduce their 14-5 half-time deficit.
UL Bohs regained their grip on the proceedings following the change of ends with their bigger pack driving over for a 46th minute pushover try by Chloe Pearse. Kerry football goalkeeper Murphy continued her good form with the conversion to extend her team’s lead to 21-5. But Rock responded with fine composed play that was finished strongly by Carmela Morey for a well-taken unconverted try seven minutes later.
UL Bohemian, who recently claimed the AIL league title, then piled on the pressure inside the metropolitans’ 22 but it was winger Burke who finally unlocked committed defending with a splendid arcing run from right to left for a super try wide on the left. Murphy was unable to add the conversion on this occasion while Blackrock continued to battle. Their build-up and desire was good in earning a 76th minute try by Niamh Griffin. Captain Claffey finally found her range with the conversion but, try as they might, Rock just could not get the measure of UL Bohemian who were worthy winners on the day.
The attendance for the Cup final was disappointing but there was a fine crowd for the earlier match in which Tullamore came from behind to overcome Rathdrum in the All-Ireland Plate final. In the near perfect conditions, and on a “real grass pitch” (to quote UL Bohs captain Fiona Hayes) Rathdrum led 5-0 at the break courtesy of a Samantha McCoy try.
But Tullamore proved the stronger, more resilient outfit with an impressive second half showing. Tries by Alma Egan and Ciara Dunican, both converted by Pauline Keating, earned them a merited 14-5 victory by the Offaly club who have recently secured promotion to the top womens division for next season.
BUCCANEERS DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Youths and Minis awards events take place in The Bounty on Sunday week, May 7th.
Senior Awards Night takes place on Saturday, May 13th. Early purchase of tickets is urged!
‘Smith’s Supervalu Sevens in the City’ at Dubarry Park on Saturday, May 20th.
Buccaneers Annual General Meeting takes place in The Bounty on Friday, May 26th, 8 p.m.
Annual Golf Classic:- Glasson Country House Hotel & Golf Club on Friday, July 19th.
Summer Tag League commences at Dubarry Park shortly and will run for ten weeks.