Preview: Bank of Ireland Leinster Women’s League Finals
March 2, 2017 12:00 pm Site Editor
UPDATE: Please note there has been a change to the venues and kick-off times for all games. All four finals were originally due to be played in Old Belvedere RFC but but due to waterlogged pitches they have now been moved to St Michael’s College (Division 3 and 4 Finals) and Donnybrook Stadium (Division 1 and 2 Finals).
Eight teams from four divisions will play for silverware, bragging rights and possible promotion when the Bank of Ireland Leinster Women’s League Finals take place in Donnybrook and St Michael’s College on Saturday.
Wanderers FC v Dublin University FC, Division 4 Final (KO 12pm, St Michael’s College)
The Division 4 final between Wanderers FC v Dublin University FC will get the day started in St Michael’s College.
Wanderers made it to last year’s finals but were beaten by Navan RFC in what was one of the games of the season.
The Dublin club will look to use the disappointment from that day as they look toward promotion to Division 3.
Dublin University re-joined the Leinster League this season after a break of a number of years.
They made it to the final in impressive style by defeating Portlaoise away in a thrilling play-off.
After a tough campaign Wanderers sit on top of Division 4, but Dublin University will fancy their chances of upsetting the would-be champions.
Wicklow RFC v Garda Westmanstown RFC, Division 3 Final (KO 2.30pm, St Michael’s College)
The Division 3 Final of Wicklow v Garda Westmanstown will showcase the strength of the youths set ups in both clubs as the majority of players from both sides have come through underage rugby.
Wicklow, newcomers to the league, played and won 16 games, one of the best winning streaks in the Leinster League.
Wicklow topped the Division 3 table with 76 points with Westmanstown finishing in second on 59.
With Wicklow winning two close games between the sides this season, Westmanstown will be out to spoil Wicklow’s perfect season.
Tullow RFC v CYM, Division 2 Final (KO 1pm, Donnybrook Stadium)
The Division 2 final sees Tullow RFC, winners of the Division 1 final in 2014, take on CYM.
Tullow go into finals day with an incredible run of form in the league: played 16, won 16, and only 74 points conceded all season.
CYM will be no pushover, finishing second in Division 2 the ladies will draw on the close final against Tullamore last season, a game they had their chances to win.
The winners of this game will be eying promotion to Division 1 of the Leinster League.
Tullamore RFC v Rathdrum RFC, Division 1 Final (KO 4.30pm, Donnybrook Stadium)
In the final game of the day Tullamore RFC take on Rathdrum in the Division 1 final. Tullamore, who were promoted from Division 2 last year, found their form and a great run of wins in Division 1.
Rathdrum are all too familiar with finals day having reached the Leinster League finals last year, though they were pipped to the post by Edenderry after extra-time.
Both league fixtures resulted in close wins for Tullamore (12-24 away and 12-11 at home).
Regardless of the result, this is sure to be a cracking game with two of the best teams in the league going head-to-head.
The winners of this game will go forward as Leinster’s candidate for promotion to the All-Ireland League – there’s much more than a trophy at stake.
Cups, medals and player of the match awards will be presented straight after each game.
Entry on the day costs €5 for adults and under-16s go free.
Come down, support your club, and enjoy all four games!
Bank of Ireland Leinster Women’s League Finals
St Michael’s College
Division 4 Final – Wanderers FC v Dublin University FC (KO 12pm)
Division 3 Final – Wicklow RFC v Garda/Westmanstown RFC (KO 2.30pm)
Division 2 Final – CYM RFC v Tullow RFC (KO 1pm – Back Pitch)
Division 1 Final – Tullamore RFC v Rathdrum RFC (KO 4.30pm – Main Pitch)