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Mary's meet Belvo in memory of Paul

The inaugural Paul Flood Memorial Cup (Leinster Women's Cup) is to be contested between St Mary's College RFC and Old Belvedere RFC this Sunday (KO 3pm) at Templeville Road.

The Old Belvedere team boasts a number of the Leinster squad and looks set to be a formidable force in the first division, but for now their sights are firmly set on the cup.

This season St Mary's have contested well in their first year in the top flight and have much to be proud of. In the league they stand with four victories to their name against well established and skilled teams.

It will be a fascinating contest and the celebrations will match. Also up for grabs by spectators is a 42" flatscreen TV kindly donated by Philips, proud sponsors of the Leinster Women's Team. Philips have been of great support of the women's team and of Leinster women's rugby in general.

Paul Flood took a keen interest in the development of women's rugby in St Mary's by helping out in whatever manner he could before assuming the mantle of coach when the call came.

He fulfilled that role with the same enthusiasm he put into every other aspect of his rugby career and he was a strong advocate and promoter in improving the facilities, administration and coaching/training support for the women's game. He was dedicated to his squad and believed in trying to ensure that all members got their share of game time.

Under his guidance, St Mary's women's team made tremendous strides reaching the All-Ireland Women's League Division 2 semi final in the year of his passing, 2008, and going on from that to achieve success in the same competition the following year.

Paul also guided the team to the 2008 All-Ireland Bowl Final against UL and, although defeated, Mary's put up a storming performance against the AIL Champions.

Paul was immensely proud of the success of the team and the memories of the day and celebrations with Paul will be forever cherished. He was highly respected by opposing teams for his passion for the game still remains as an inspiration to those members of the squad who served under him. They and the club will forever be grateful to Paul for his input.