The Energia Women’s All-Ireland League gets underway this weekend with two new teams on board for the 2019/20 season.
Malone, along with Suttonians are entering the All-Ireland League for the first time this season. Malone have home advantage but also host a formidable opponent – Cup champions UL Bohemian make the trip to Gibson Park.
“This season we’re most positive about taking that next step up” says Malone’s Lauren Magennis. “Playing at a higher level is only going to do wonders for the team. We have girls of various abilities so everyone’s going to get better week in, week out.”
Cooke are hosted by Old Belvedere’s women as part of a double-header with the men’s team. The event will also see the official renaming ceremony for at the newly renamed Ollie Campbell Park.
Suttonians qualified for the top tier of women’s club rugby this year and open their campaign with a stern test at home to reigning champions Railway Union.
The north Dubliners came through an intense campaign to make it to this level and Nicole Carroll says her tribe have already proven a lot.
“We worked hard. We got through the playoffs. The pressure is off,” said the Suttonians out-half. “We’re enjoying our rugby again and without having too much knockout rugby to worry about.”
The Energia Women’s All-Ireland Cup served as a warm-up last weekend with Galwegians the only AIL team to fall at the first hurdle. Frasier Gow’s women travel to Blackrock College this Saturday.
Saturday October 12th 2019
Energia Women’s All-Ireland League
Blackrock College v Galwegians, Stradbrook, 17:00
Malone v UL Bohemian, Gibson Park
Suttonians v Railway Union, Station Road
Old Belvedere v Cooke, Ollie Campbell Park, 17:30