In what was widely considered an excellent advertisement for the women's game, the southerners ran in four tries to one in a tough, physical and brusing encounter, which certainly had the tension and competitiveness required for a final.
Munster's Sarah Jane Benton was the hero for the visitors and capped off a superb display with 15 points: two tries, one penalty and a conversion. Fiona Steed and Rosie Foley also crossed over in what was a disciplined and entertaining display of the ever-growing Women's game.
15. Sarahjane Belton (UL Bohemians) 14. Amanda Greensmith (Shannon) 13. Deirdre Lynch (Highfield) 12. Patrique Kelly (UL Bohemians Vice Captain) 11. Lynne Cantwell (UL Bohemians) 10. Vivian Boland (Shannon) 9. Louise Beamish (UL Bohemians) 1. Olivia Brown (Shannon) 2. Regina O Reilly (Shannon) 3. Rosemary Brown (Shannon) 4. Rosie Foley (Shannon) 5. Aisling O Brien (Clonakilty) 6. Eimear O Sullivan (Clonakilty) 7. Fiona Steed (Shannon Captain) 8. Joy Neville (Shannon)
Replacements: 16. Jean Lonergan (Shannon) 17. Laura Guest (Clonakilty) 18. Rachel Tucker (UL Bohemians) 19. Wendy Keenan (Shannon) 20. Denise Tracey (Shannon) 21. Raegan Matile (Shannon) 22. Claire O Leary (UL Bohemians)
15: Sarah Lachowsky (UL Bohemians) Vice-Captain 14: Carol Dunning (UL Bohemians) 13: Sinead Delaney (Boyne) 12: Nicki Milne (Worcester) 11: Deirdre Brannigan (Boyne) 10: Joanne O'Sullivan (Nottingham Casuals) 9: Tanya Rosser (Blackrock) 1: Fiona Coughlin (UL Bohemians) 2: Manuela McCarthy (Blackrock) 3: Magali Doli (Old Belvedere) 4: Caroline Mahon (UL Bohemians) 5: Lynn Hartman (Blackrock) 6: Sandra McAleer (Boyne) 7: Jen Leacy (Blackrock) 8: Anne Marie McAllister (Shannon) Captain
16: Kate Hennessy (UL Bohemians) 17: Jess O'Riordan (Shannon) 18: Tanya Brannigan (Boyne) 19: Fiona Wise (Trinity) 20: Emma O'Byrne (Blackrock) 21: Liz Comerford (Blackrock) 22: Triona Bergin (Old Belvedere)