6th April 2023 By Leonard Allen
Over a relatively quiet Easter Weekend, the final programme of group games in the Women’s AIL Cup series are down for decision on Saturday, together with the Munster Women’s Division 1 and 2 finals, which are both taking place at Musgrave Park on Sunday.
The Frazer McMullen Cup semi-finals are also down for decision, together with two quarter finals of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup and one quarter final of the Munster Junior Club’s Challenge Cup.
In the final series of group games in the Women’s All Ireland Cup series, Ballincollig will have their work cut out as they aim to finish the campaign on a winning note against third-placed Galwegians at Tanner Park. Ballincollig were defeated 54-7 by Old Belvedere in Dublin while the Galway side climbed up to third following a comprehensive 68-12 home victory over bottom side Suttonians.
UL Bohemian, who are second, will be looking to get back to winning ways as they welcome Old Belvedere to Annacotty. The Limerick side will be looking to make the most of home advantage count as they aim to bounce back from their heavy 55-17 defeat by leaders Railway Union at Willow Lodge.
There is nothing more than pride at stake for Old Belvedere, who recorded a comprehensive 68-12 home win over Ballincollig.
In the Women’s Munster Division 1 Cup decider, Kerry go head to head with Thurles and Ennis-Kilrush take on Midleton in the Division 2 Cup final.
UCC take on Dublin University in their semi-final of the Frazer McMullen Cup at the Mardyke. The winners will meet Lansdowne or Clontarf in the decider.
Richmond, who are in the midst of a busy period and are one game away from qualifying for the All Ireland League, are at home to Kilfeacle in the quarter finals of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup. The winners will be at home to UCC.
Holders Young Munster continue their defence of the trophy with a home tie against Galbally-Mitchelstown. Galbally-Mitchelstown claimed their second silverware of the season as they won the Munster Junior Club’s Challenge Shield, to add to the Section B title of the Musnter Junior League. The winners of this tie will be away to Garryowen in the semi-finals.
Munster Junior Clubs’ Challenge Cup holders Newcastle West welcome Bandon to West Limerick. The winners will travel to Rathcooney to take on Old Christians in the semi-finals.