Tralee ladies give Queens a tough lesson on way to winning All-Ireland Plate final

Diarmuid Sheehan

Last weekend was one of those periods when things just didn't go right for men's local junior rugby as the results didn't go the way of the Kerry sides.

Nevertheless, while all of the mens sides will be licking their wounds there was some joy as for the area as Tralee's women claimed the All-Ireland Plate title after routing Queens University by 46-0.

Niamh Dempsey, Ciara Griffin and Marie Keating scored first half tries for Tralee with Ciara O'Connor successful with one conversion which gave the Kingdom girls a 17-0 half time lead.

The second half was even more emphatic as Keating added three further tries with Riona Kennedy, Ciara Griffin and Ayesha Roche also touching down to secure the national crown. O'Connor rounded things off with a brace of conversions to put the cherry on top of a wonderful achievement.

The club's men's team had a weekend off last time out but they are back in action next weekend as they entertain Dungarvan in Kerry.

This Munster Junior Plate fixture may not be the competition that Tralee were targeting from the start of the season however silverware is silverware and Tralee will be keen to go as far as they can in this competition to keep their season alive.

Dungarvan will provide stiff opposition in this cup tie but Tralee will be favourites and should be capable of progressing to the next round.

In Division Two Killarney went down in their last league fixture of the year to Thurles.

The Kerry side's season has gone from bad to worse as they dropped down to ninth in the table after starting the season with genuine hopes of garnering promotion.

The 27-0 loss pretty much sums up the Kerry side's 2014 campaign - tries from Shane Moloney, Conor Cooney and Eoghan O'Dwyer with three conversions and a brace of penalties from O'Dwyer meant that Killarney's league challenge petered without a whimper.

A try, conversion and penalty from Ciaran O'Connor was not enough for Killorglin who lost their last home league tie of the season against Bandon by 29-10.

Killorglin will be bitterly disappointed with the way their season ended up as they finished second from bottom with only two wins from their 13 games.

Abbeyfeale finished level with Ballincollig on points in the J3 after their 45-0 away win over Fermoy. Mike Morrison, Kieran McCarthy, Jake Quirke, Daniel Ward Michael Roche, Brian Murphy and Matt Behan all scored tries for Abbeyfeale with David Collins kicking four conversions while Behan slotted over one however it is Ballincollig who go up as champions as a result of their 13-9 league win over Abbeyfeale back in December.

There are only two other local sides in action next weekend as both Killorglin and Abbeyfeale head into action in the Munster Junior Plate.

Killorglin have a home tie with Waterpark to look forward to while Abbeyfeale have the small matter of a trip to Old Crescent in their cup tie.

Both of these games will prove to be difficult propositions but as these could potentially be the last games of the season for both sides then they may as well throw everything they have at these cup ties.


Sunday April 6

Killorglin v Waterpark

Old Crescent v Abbeyfeale

Tralee v Dungarvan


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