Tuesday 20 August 2019

Unbeaten Suttonians enjoy extra special win

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Suttonians celebrate their Division 1 victory. Photo: Sportsfile
Suttonians celebrate their Division 1 victory. Photo: Sportsfile

The Bank of Ireland Leinster Women's League finals took place over two different days at Naas RFC to decide who would claim promotion from the four divisions.

The Division 2, 3 and 4 finals took place last Saturday, with the Division 1 final played last Tuesday evening.

Division 3 Final - MU Barnhall RFC 12, Dublin University FC 10

Right from the kick-off, Barnhall played with huge intensity through their forwards. Despite the pressure Trinity's defence was solid with one try 20 minutes in being Barnhall's only reward for all their possession.

A penalty from DUFC out-half Honor McNamara cut Barnhall's lead to two. Barnhall started the second half on the attack. When they were awarded a penalty in midfield, out-half Orfhlaith Murray found touch in the Trinity 22. It was Murray who finished under the posts off a scrum, adding the extras to make it a two-score game.

Barnhall lock Orla Fitzsimons was shown a yellow card deep into the second half. Trinity took full advantage and Jane Leahy dived over the posts. In the end, the momentum swung back to Barnhall for whom Katelynn Doran was player of the match.

Division 2 Final - Wicklow RFC 29, Edenderry RFC 12

Wicklow's win in the Division 2 final represents their second promotion in three years. They also went the entire league season unbeaten and will play Division 1 rugby in 2019/'20.

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Aoibhin Stone, Rachel Griffey, Kayleigh Sullivan, Meagan Parkinson, and Mia Sheridan were the try scorers as Wicklow maintained their remarkable success.

Even though they were beaten on the day, Edenderry's Gráinne Vaugh was named the player of the match.

Division 4 Final - Naas RFC 19, Portlaoise RFC 10

Naas rounded off a remarkable league campaign with the Division 4 title in the last final on Saturday.

In a game that swung one way and then the other, Portlaoise took an early lead through a Clare O'Connell penalty but were 5-3 down at half-time after Naas crossed for the game's first try. O'Connell went over for a try for Portlaoise early in the second half, which she converted herself to make it 10-5.

But it was to be Portlaoise's last score as Naas added two converted tries including one at the death to get their hands on the silverware. Naas RFC's Cliodhna O'Connor was named player of the match.

Division 1 Final - Tullow RFC 18, Suttonians 26 (AET) In a repeat of the 2017/'18 Division 2 final, Tullow faced Suttonians who were aiming for the perfect season after 14 wins from 14 in the league.

Tullow struck the first blow with a penalty quickly followed by a try, Suttonians fought back to get a try of their own, leaving it 13-5 at half-time.

While it was all Tullow in the first half, Suttonians fought their way back to make the second half theirs. At full-time, the score was tied at 18-18.

Suttonians took control of extra-time and a penalty and a try moved them eight points ahead, a lead which proved to be insurmountable.

Tullow's Chloe Farrell was named the player of the match after a thrilling game. Suttonians will now progress as Leinster's candidate for AIL promotion.

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