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Games were played in the Leinster and Munster conferences of the Energia Women’s Community Shield at the weekend. Here is a round-up of the action.
Alannah O’Carroll and Ciara O’Dwyer both made their mark in Old Belvedere colours with two tries each in Saturday’s 48-3 Energia Women’s Community Series win over Wicklow.
In Johnny Garth’s first competitive game in charge, the debut duo impressed at Ollie Campbell Park. There was also a try double for Ireland Sevens international Deirbhile Nic a’ Bhaird, a real workhorse in a dominant ‘Belvo scrum.
Blackrock College made it two wins from tow to go five points clear at the top of the Leinster Conference. Another all-action display from two-try captain Maeve Óg O’Leary inspired ‘Rock’s 43-0 bonus point victory over Suttonians, with Ireland Sevens starlet Megan Burns also bagging a brace.
The two clashes in Munster’s top Conference resulted in bonus point wins for UL Bohemians and Ballincollig. Louise Galvin, who retired recently as a Sevens international, but she is going the right way about earning a recall to the Ireland 15s set-up.
Lining out against her native Kerry in Listowel, Galvin grabbed an early brace of tries in UL Bohs’ 31-0 defeat of the Kingdom. The centre also set up fellow Kerry woman Laura O’Mahony for their fifth and final try.
Ballincollig bounced back to winning ways, taking down a young Shannon/LIT outfit 36-3 at Coonagh. Centre Christine O’Sullivan starred with a 14-point haul, including two tries. Pacy winger Heather Kennedy helped herself to a hat-trick, while full-back Niamh Quilligan kicked the hosts’ penalty.
ENERGIA WOMEN’S COMMUNITY SERIES – SECOND ROUND RESULTS:
Blackrock College 43 Suttonians 0
Old Belvedere 48 Wicklow 3
Railway Union – Bye
MUNSTER CONFERENCE 1:
Kerry 0 UL Bohemians 31, Town Park
Shannon/LIT 3 Ballincollig 36
Cavan v Queen’s University (Match cancelled – 0-0. Both teams awarded two points)
City of Derry v Malone (Match cancelled – 0-0. Both teams awarded two points)
Cooke – Bye