‘Wegians Women Kick Off Cup Campaigns

The Galwegians girls open both of their cup competitions this weekend coming, away to Old Belvedere on Sunday.

Connacht’s only division one female club team is pooled with last season’s Leinster Cup co-finalists Old Belvedere, AIL division one newbies Navan; Barnhall and Portlaoise. While ‘Wegians need only finish third of five to qualify for the national cup knock-out stages, they must finish first if they wish to defend last season’s trophy spoils – the Paul Flood Memorial Leinster Cup.

The round one clash with Old Belvedere (on the balance of recent league standings) equates to a first-up Paul Flood semi-final, in every sense a must-win match. Old Belvedere run out as favourites 2pm Sunday afternoon, by way of a homeground advantage and 2011/12 league bragging rights downing Galwegians by 20 points in October. Galwegians will likely draw some confidence from the fact they won three of four fixtures against the black’n’whites last winter, a league win apiece, an AIL Cup first round clash, and the aforesaid Paul Flood final.

Galwegians will be without four of last year’s stars, Carol Staunton and Ruth O’Reilly (on Six Nations duty), Grainne Egan (recovering from summer surgery), an Ali Miller (inter-branch transfer, also in the national squad this year).

Whether livewire engine-roomer Laura Feely, football convert Becky McPhilbin, and resurgent backline maestro Margaret Fitzgibbon can offset those losses will be tested this weekend.

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