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Sunday 19 November 2017

UL Bohs ladies bid to seal double

Niamh Kavanagh. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Niamh Kavanagh. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

Two major women's finals take place on Sunday, as UL Bohemians go toe to toe with Blackrock in the All-Ireland Cup final, while in Munster Shannon face Nenagh Ormond in the Women's Division 1 Cup final.

Already crowned league champions, UL Bohs will look to cap off a memorable season by capturing the double, so difficult in an ever-improving All-Ireland structure ahead of a landmark summer for women's rugby with the World Cup set to take place on home soil in a few months.

Some of Ireland's finest, including Niamh Kavanagh, will be involved for Bohs, who took two games to see off a fantastic Railway Union side, winning 12-10 last week at the 4G pitch in UL after a mammoth 10-10 draw the week previous at Sandymount.

They face a Blackrock side who dumped out league finalists Old Belvedere away from home, 10-8 in the semi-final. That game will kick-off at Dubarry Park at 3.30.

The blue riband event in Munster kicks off at 2.0 at Nenagh Ormond as Shannon face Thurles.

Shannon had a comfortable 26-3 victory over Bandon in the semis, while Conference A table-toppers Thurles put in a massive effort to topple Conference B winners Tralee at home.

The plate final sees sides from opposite side of Munster face off, as Dungarval-Youghal entertain Bantry Bay; that game begins at 1.30 in Bandon.

With the Women's World Cup trophy currently touring the country it's an exciting time to be involved in the ladies' game, and you can follow its progress around the province on the Munster Rugby website.

Emerging blitz finals

There are more finals in the ongoing Marks & Spencer Emerging Schools blitzes, which have been taking place all over the province in recent weeks.

Non-traditional rugby schools have been afforded the opportunity to play at Munster's two finest stadiums, Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park.

These blitzes have taken place from Ennis to Waterford and everywhere in between as the schools have had four qualifying blitzes, with the top teams in each qualifying for the finals day.

Those days are Wednesday 26th (Irish Independent Park) and Thursday 27th (Thomond Park) as a fantastic programme comes to an end for another year with the final games, as each team look to capture glory for their schools, adding a rare rugby trophy to their cabinet.

They should be fantastic occasions and Munster Rugby would like to wish all those participating the best of luck, and invite all to come and see some of the brightest young talent in action over the two days.

Irish Independent

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