UL Bohs bag back-to-back League titles
UL Bohemians 15 Old Belvedere 0
Fiona Hayes lifted the Women's All-Ireland League trophy for the second year in a row after UL Bohemians overcame Old Belvedere in Portlaoise RFC on Saturday.
This repeat of the 2016 and '17 deciders saw UL Bohs win in head coach Sean Fitzpatrick's first season.
Backboned by a cohort of current and former Ireland internationals, the Red Robins' powerful scrum forced a first-half penalty try and Niamh Briggs' pinpoint cross-field kick set up winger Laura Sheehan for the clinching try, 17 minutes from time.
It was a richly-deserved triumph as UL had won all bar one of their 14 regular season games, with the loss coming against Belvedere.
"Absolutely over the moon. It was a very tough game and it took us a while to get going but once we got up and running, well..." said Hayes.
"We are proud in the pack, we pride ourselves on our set piece, and having a penalty try from a scrum, especially being a prop, well that was very satisfying."
UL BOHEMIANS - A Saunton; L O'Mahony, M Kelly, R Allen, L Sheehan; N Briggs, N Cronin; F Hayes (capt), G Bourke, F Reidy, S Hartigan, C Pearse, E Murphy, A Caplice, C Griffin. Rep: T McCarthy, C O'Halloran, S Nunan, A O'Sullivan, S Holohan, C Keohane, S Pua.
OLD BELVEDERE - M Kenny; A Dowling, E O'Byrne White, S Naoupu, G Matthews; N Stapleton, K Dane; L Djougang, S Barman, F O'Brien (capt), O Hynes, R O'Donnell, L Ring, F Klappoth, S Lynch. Reps: J Finlay, G McCormack, J Carroll, S Spence, E Murphy, A Donnelly, A White.
REF - D Flood (IRFU)