McQuillan hat-trick leads way for Clontarf
Clontarf Women's team claimed a 53-13 victory over Division 3 rivals Athy at Castle Avenue last Sunday for the sides' first encounter.
The first half largely went all Clontarf's way, with the opening try coming in the first five minutes from fly-half Angela Dwane.
This early lead was increased ten minutes later by prop Julia Bauer and she was quickly followed over the line by inside centre Maeve McQuillan, converted by full-back Niamh Keaveney.
Athy scrum-half Steffi Fennelly broke-away from the Clontarf defence just before half-time to secure a welcome try, which was converted by inside centre Jenny O'Shaughnessy.
Two Athy injuries caused the game to drop to 13-a-side and the half-time scoreline was 17-7.
Within ten minutes of the restart, McQuillan added another five points to her haul but Athy responded moments later with a try by full-back Rhona Julien.
Further Clontarf tries by Becca Sullivan and a second for Bauer moments later, with a conversion by Keaveney caused problems for the visiting Kildare team.
Athy's numbers couldn't keep the pressure up on the home team and McQuillan completed a hat trick with her third try of the match. Keaveney's kick hit the post.
Further Clontarf tries by Emma Burns and a second for Sullivan, the latter converted by Keaveney, completed the scoring.
This match carried double points for the Dublin side as the teams were unable to meet earlier in the season.
Clontarf and Athy each have one league game left this Sunday before regrouping to compete in the Paul Cusack Cup in March.
Champions Wicklow face Cill Dara test as Towns Cup action hots up
The second round of the Bank Of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup is down for decision on Sunday with eight ties taking place.
The eight quarter-finalists will be known on Sunday evening but not before some intriguing clashes have played out.
An in-form Naas seconds will take on Ashbourne, who won the All-Ireland Junior Cup last month, in what looks to be the tie of the round.
Reigning champions Wicklow, who needed a late penalty from captain Niall Earls to get over Kilkenny in the opening round, will travel to face Cill Dara.
The visitors have the Leinster League Division 1B title already won and will be fancied to march on.
The last two winners of the Division 1A crown will come head to head in Dundalk as the home side welcome Enniscorthy, with whom they have had many a battle in recent years.
One way or another, one of the favourites will be eliminated in what promises to be a titanic battle.
Elsewhere, Division 2A high flyers Longford travel to Clondalkin while Athy will take on North Kildare in an exciting derby prospect.
Tullow scored 10 tries against Newbridge in the opening round but they will get a stiffer test from Navan seconds as cup rugby makes a welcome return this weekend in the absence of Six Nations action.
The full list of games for the second round is as follows, with games taking place this Sunday:
Clondalkin v Longford
Cill Dara v Wicklow
Dundalk v Enniscorthy
Portlaoise v Skerries seconds
Gorey v Arklow
North Kildare v Athy
Tullow v Navan seconds
Naas seconds v Ashbourne
Tickets to be raffled for Stella Triggs Fund
The Stella Triggs Fund was set up by Leinster Rugby player Hayden and his wife Mikala in memory of their late daughter Stella who sadly passed away last year.
Thanks to the generosity of the Rugby Writers of Ireland, two tickets to the Ireland v France game in the Six Nations will be raffled with all proceeds going to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Holles Street Hospital.
One ticket is €5 with three tickets for €10 and they can be bought at the RDS this evening at the Edinburgh game (behind the Anglesea Stand) or from the National Maternity Hospital Baby Shop in Holles Street.