- Result: Galwegians Women 10 - Blackrock 25
- Venue: Stradbrook on Sun Oct 18th 2015
- Competition: AIL Division 1A
Galwegians knew this game would be a tough encounter from the league leaders and old rivals Blackrock and this was exactly what it was. The showdown opened with a tight first half with excellent defence and line speed from both teams. Galwegians drew first blood with Clare Rafferty's 16th-minute penalty putting them three points in front.
Blackrock struck on the stroke of half-time. Jess Belchos touched down after a driving maul from a lineout made it all the way to the line. Half time score was 5-3 to the home side.
The hosts' advantage did not last long, however, as Nicole Fowley hit back just three minutes into the second half. Quick-thinking and lightning individual skill saw Fowley turn a Blackrock box-kick into a try that Rafferty converted to make it 10-5 to the visitors.
Five minutes later, Belchos' second try swung the momentum back in Blackrock's direction and the unbeaten league leaders dominated possession for the remainder of the game.
Mairead Holohan got Blackrock’s third try and it was anybody's guess as to who actually grounded the ball for the fourth Blackrock try, which was a controversial penalty try awarded by referee Susan Carty.
Jeamie Deacon kicked the conversion. The final score of the game ended with a penalty to Rock in front of the posts leading to the final scoreline of 25-10 to Blackrock.
Disappointment for Galwegians but plenty of games ahead to gain valuable points on the board.
Final score Blackrock 25-10 Galwegians
The fourth round of the AIL sees Galwegians V Railway Union. This takes place Sunday 24th October in Crowley Park. All support welcome.