10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
UL Bohemians stuck to the form book to demolish debutantes Portlaoise, claiming top spot in doing so. A seven try blitz saw the perennial favourites establish their early season credentials with a stadn out performance from Grand Slam winner Fiona Hayes.
Old Belvedere improved on last year's one point victory over Highfield, the latter celebrating the return of former international outhalf Helen Brosnan to the fold; a welcome boost to the league in general.
A revived Blackrock capitalised on naive Galwegian play to edge a very defensive encounter, Tania Rosser's brace sinking the visitors.
Meanwhile St Mary's claimed a dramatic last-gasp win over visitors Tralee to conclude a very entertaining day's play all round, Paula Fitzpatrick returning from injury to dictate the result with two tries.
Women's All Ireland League Round 1
Blackrock 17 - 7 Galwegians
Old Belvedere 18 - 14 Highfield
St. Mary's College 17 - 15 Tralee
UL Bohemians 39 - 0 Portlaoise
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