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Women 8 – Old Belvedere 15


Match Result

  • Result: Galwegians Women 8 - Old Belvedere 15
  • Venue: Crowley Park on Sun Nov 29th 2015
  • Competition: AIL Womens League

Match Report

Galwegians knew this was going to be a tough encounter against reigning champions Old Belvo & especially since missing key players such as Sene Naoupu, who is playing with the Irish sevens team in Dubai. Galwegians got off to a great start with a try by full back & Ireland newcomer Mairead Coyne after six minutes. Nicole Fowley could not convert in the blustery conditions at Crowley Park that made it extremely difficult for place-kickers.

Old Belvo fought back and less than 10 minutes later, they came back with a try from another recent addition to Ireland’s international ranks- centre Aine Donnelly. On the 25th minute, Old Belvo were in again for another try by Niamh Fitzgerald to leave the score at 10-5 at half time, with Nora Stapleton missing both conversion attempts.

Galwegians came out in second half with great fight & intense. An early penalty from the boot of Nicole Fowley helped Galwegians narrow the gap to just two points. A long period of the second half saw great defence from both sides in this extremely physical game. However, out half Nora Stapleton found her way through the Galwegians defence to score her side’s third try of the afternoon and eventually proved to be the match winner.

Unfortunately this result saw Galwegians lose out of the top four places and miss out on a semi final spot. Next week the two semi finals take place with UL Bohs vs Railway Union and Blackrock vs Old Belvedere.

Galwegians will now prepare for the Cup in the New Year.

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