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Womens AIL Division 1 Update

This year's Women's All Ireland League is shaping up to be a very exciting one with many of the teams taking points off each other at the early stages. With four rounds gone there are only two teams left with unbeaten records.

As in previous seasons UL Bohemians look like remaining the team to beat. The Limerick side have won the league and cup double in the last two seasons and are showing signs that they will be there or there about come season end. Four straight wins see them sitting second in the league with a couple of try bonus points in the bag.

Old Belvedere ladies have started well in their debut season in the top flight. A dramatic 18-17 win on the road to Galwegians was followed by a walkover against Clonmel. A bonus point win on the road to old rivals St Mary's followed in round three and a fourth successive win against Cooke saw the newcomers top the table at this early stage.

The top four is completed by Cooke and Highfield who also occupied those positions at the culmination of last season. Highfield in particular are going well with some impressive victories.

It's looking like a long season for Clonmel who are propping up the league on -1. A 2 point penalty was conceded for a walkover and their solitary point came via a losing BP versus Blackrock. Their other two games saw heavy defeats shipped.

Last year's runners up Blackrock lost just twice last season, on both occasions to Bohs. Having lost eight senior players in the summer through retirement and transfers it was going to be a transitional period for 'Rock. It has been a difficult start for the team having already lost three of their four fixtures and sitting second bottom of the division.

St Mary's are locked with Blackrock on 5 points and three defeats so far this season. In fact their only victory this season was at the expense of Blackrock. Mary's have lost twice at home so far this season and will want to get their home form and season up and running against Galwegians in round 5.

Galwegians are marginally ahead of the two Dublin sides with 7 points. They have only won one match but two losing bonus points attests to the close nature of their matches so far.

There are two more rounds in October before a November break. It gets no easier for strugglers Clonmel in round 5 with a trip to Limerick while Cooke and Highfield clash looking to put pressure on the top two. The pick of the fixtures in round six appears to be the top of the table clash between Bohs and Belvo.

by Sarah Lennon, © 2010-10-20