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Paul would've been proud as Mary's have beating of Belvo

The Paul Flood Cup now sits proudly in the St Mary's College RFC trophy cabinet after an enthralling battle last weekend which saw Mary's (pictured above) defeat Old Belvedere 5-0.

The day was set up perfectly, two teams that knew each other very well, both sides developing and playing well and the emotion of a cup final in almost perfect weather conditions.

Before the game commenced there was a minute's silence observed perfectly by both teams and the crowd on the terrace at Mary's with Paul Flood's family in attendance.

It is without doubt that Mr Flood would be proud to see how much women's rugby has flourished and how well his St Mary's women are competing in the top flight of Irish domestic rugby.

It was a remarkable match and, despite the low scoreline, it was an enthralling and action-packed game.

The most remarkable component of the game was the defence; both teams had very different game plans and sought to impress their game on the opposition.

The passion and effort by both teams is a shining example of the ever expanding and developing skills of women's rugby in Ireland.

Everyone is looking forward to the impending AIL Cup that comes to a climax in Buccaneers RFC on April 11th, when the AIL Cup, AIL Bowl and AIL Shield will be decided on a fantastic day of rugby celebration.