Sunday 18 February 2018

Wanderers, Edenderry, Gorey and Mullingar crowned women's winners

The Gorey team celebrate their win in the Paul Cusack Cup over Balbriggan
The Gorey team celebrate their win in the Paul Cusack Cup over Balbriggan

Dermot O'Mahony

Last Saturday showcased how far Leinster women's rugby has come as eight club teams battled it out for the final silverware of the season, sponsored by Bank of Ireland.

Despite strong winds and swirling rain, the supporters rallied around their teams, and the crowds kept warm from all their cheering - almost as impressive as the rugby!

Wanderers FC were the underdogs, having never competed in the Bank of Ireland Paul Cusack Plate final.

Good team work and maximising on opportunities saw them beat Tallaght 27-0. They will clearly be one to watch in the next season.

Edenderry and Kilkenny fought a hard battle, but Edenderry pulled away in the second half, coming out victorious to a 17-12 win in the Bank of Ireland Paul Flood Plate.

In the Bank of Ireland Paul Cusack Cup, Gorey and Balbriggan put on a good display of rugby. Despite Gorey's 15-3 success, Balbriggan belied their status as novices, showing great skills and determination.

In the second half they had Gorey pinned in their own half, but unfortunately didn't capitalise on overlaps. Gorey's strong defence on their try-line and hunger for the title won out in the end.

Mullingar and Tullow never fail to give us a good game of rugby, and did so again in the Bank of Ireland Paul Flood Cup final.

The two sides battled it out like true champions; reminiscent of the 2014 Leinster League finals where Tullow won by penalty kicks.

It looked like history was going to repeat itself, but with a well-worked lineout, and the ball being spread wide, Mullingar ran in an unconverted try.

Tullow fought hard to retaliate, but Mullingar did not let go of their five-point lead, finally being crowned champions.

Bank of Ireland Leinster Women's Final Results:

Paul Cusack Plate

Wanderers 27 Tallaght 0

Paul Flood Plate

Edenderry 17 - 12 Kilkenny

Paul Cusack Cup

Gorey 15 - 3 Balbriggan

Paul Flood Cup

Mullingar 5 - 0 Tullow

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