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Tullamore ladies land All Ireland Rugby Shield while Mens team keep survival hopes alive

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Tullamore ladies land All Ireland Rugby Shield while Mens team keep survival hopes alive thumbnailThe victorious Tullamore RFC Women's 1sts XV team who overcame Rathdrum on a scoreline of 21-0 in the All-Ireland Shield final in Buccaneers on Saturday afternoon.

IT was a very productive day on the field for Tullamore Rugby Club last Saturday. First up in Dubarry Park, Athlone, the womens' team claimed the All Ireland Shield by beating Rathdrum 21-0 with the Tullamore women putting in an excellent performance to not concede a single score.

The women's arm in the club has been growing from strength to strength in recent years and this is yet another trophy for the cabinet back in Spollenstown.

Later that day, the mens' team, who are fighting to stay in the All Ireland senior league Division 2C, did themselves a massive favour by picking up an impressive 29-18 win over Malahide in Spollenstown.

Malahide are in the top half of the table and Tullamore were underdogs going into the game but they pulled off a massive win.

They now sit second bottom ahead of Bective Rangers. The bottom team is automatically relegated with the second bottom team forced to play off against the Round Robin series from the Junior league winners.

Tullamore have two games left. On Saturday week, they travel to league leaders Thomand before welcoming Bangor to Tullamore for the final game of the league the following Saturday.

They are just one point adrift of Bruff and Midelton while they are two points below Seapoint.

They have given themselves a great chance of staying up and even small measures such as losing bonus points could prove critical in the run in - the bottom team is relegated automatically while the second from bottom face a play off to retain their senior status.

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