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Captain Marion Doolan lifted the plate on behalf of her side

Captain Marion Doolan lifted the plate on behalf of her side

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Captain Marion Doolan lifted the plate on behalf of her side

It was a disappointing weekend for the three Munster clubs in Ulster Bank League Division 1A last weekend but with all of them at home tomorrow they will be hoping to bounce back.

Tom Tierney's Cork Con lost 24-8 to Old Belvedere and with Lansdowne next up in Temple Hill, things don't get any easier for the former Garryowen boss.

Dolphin went down 37-6 to Lansdowne at the Aviva Stadium and tomorrow champions Clontarf travel to Musgrave Park, where Dolphin will need to up their game if they are to get off the mark.

Young Munster lost their opening fixture to Clontarf 37-19 in Castle Avenue, having led after half-time. The Limerick men welcome UCD to Tom Clifford Park after they battled back to get the better of St Mary's last Saturday.

Meanwhile, Garryowen got bragging rights in 1B by inflicting a 21-3 defeat on Shannon under lights at Dooradoyle. Next up for them is a tricky trip to Dubarry Park to take on Buccaneers.

Shannon must recover quickly to face an exciting Galwegians side who top the table after their bonus-point victory over Dublin University.

UL Bohs were last-minute 22-19 victors over Belfast Harlequins and play in the capital tomorrow against Dublin University.

Divisions 2A and 2B finally kick into action this weekend, with Cashel taking on Banbridge in Rifle Park, while Thomond host Queen's University.

Nenagh Ormond also go north in 2A to play Dungannon, while UCC make the journey to Naas.

In 2B, Kanturk travel to Navan, while Bruff host Highfield at Kilballyowen Park, with Old Crescent welcoming Armagh to Rosbrien. Richmond do battle with Midleton at Richmond Park while Sunday's Well travel to the Aviva back pitch to take on Wanderers.

Irish Independent