Leinster Junior Update

Enniscorthy

Here’s our round up of the regional cup action in Leinster this week where Enniscorthy and Clondalkin are making headlines.

The Hosie Cup pace setters are most certainly Clondalkin at this stage, a big win over Cill Dara in round one was followed last Saturday evening with an impressive 38-3 win away to Newbridge at Rosetown.

The Dublin side are looking like one of the form teams in the province heading into the new Division 1a season which doesn’t start for three weeks but there is a way to go yet.

Leinster Senior Action

The Senior action continued in Leinster this weekend two weeks ahead of the start of the new Ulster Bank League season.

Once again in the Senior League Cup, the form guide was on the money. Lansdowne scored freely at Trinity, St Mary’s were far too strong for Bective and Old Belvedere looked sharp at home to Blackrock. The only subplots were Old Wesley’s surprisingly strong and hugely encouraging effort at home to reigning AIL Champions Clontarf where they eventually lost 17-10 and NUIM Barnhall’s continuing good form with a free scoring win oveer Seapoint.

Galwegians Win League

Senior League 2014

Galwegians are Senior League kingpins in Connacht after completing a clean sweep of victories on Saturday afternoon.

It marks a good start for new Head Coach Matt Brown then against two of the sides that his sky blues outfit will meet in Division 1b of the Ulster Bank League this year.

On Saturday, Galwegians toppled Corinthians 38-11 with minimal fuss turning a 17-6 half time lead into a comfortable five try victory with lively winger Matt Dever notching two tries, centre Gary O’Brien getting another while Brian Murphy and flanker Eoin Tarmey also got in on the act.

Ballyclare Start Well

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Ulster Qualifying League Round 1

- Thoughts and Observations.

The Ulster Qualyfing league season has begun with four games taking place on Saturday. Here’s our take on the results which saw Instonians, Ballyclare, Clogher Valley and Dromore all make an early season statement with impressive performances.

Results
Bangor 6, Ballyclare 16
Ballymoney 0, Clogher Valley 38
Insontinans 29, Portadown 3
Dromore 25, Cooke 13
Donaghadee v CIYMS – Posponed.

The upset of the day came at Bangor where Ballyclare’s win wasn’t a complete shock in itself but the manner of the victory and the fact that they denied their hosts even a losing bonus point probably stands out.

Caption: Action from Saturday’s season opener in Bangor where the home side lost to newly promoted Ballyclare. Pic: Bangor RFC website.

Ulster Junior Season Preview

Clogher Valley

Ulster Qualifying League Season Preview

A guide to the ten teams who will look to be crowned Ulster Qualifying League Champions in the 2014/15 season.

The League kicks off on Saturday with some facinating encounters instore. None more so than the clash of just relegated Instonians and always contending Portadown.

Caption: Clogher Valley celebrated a double success last year winning the league and the Towns Cup.

Team by Team

Ballyclare

Have no doubt that Ballyclare have been as good as most sides in the top flight over the last three seasons. They shared the Towns Cup title in 2013 and were runners up in the Junior Cup last year. Chris Campbell and Darren Best take the coaching reigns. Davy Chambers is a great signing at eight. Gary Clotworthy is a loss but his rise to senior rugby was inevitable. They won’t win the league this year but they’ll beat some of the challengers.

KnockOn.ie All Ireland Junior Ranking 13/14: 21st
First game: A cracker away to Bangor

Leinster Weekend Junior Preview

Newbridge Clondalkin

The regional league action continued on Wednesday with Mullingar from Division 2a getting the better of Longford from Division 1b 26-13 in a game that marked the start of the competitive season for both clubs.

On Sunday, there is action in the Hosie Cup, South East League and the Midland Leagues.

In the Hosie Cup on Saturday at 6:3o in Rosetown, Newbridge host a Clondalkin side that eased by Cill Dara in round one and are now favourites to top Section A. In Section B of the Hosie Cup, North Kildare host Athy.

UPDATE: Portarlington kicked off their Hosie Cup campaign earlier this week with a 10-3 win over Cill Dara.

The New Season on KnockOn.ie

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Hi folks, Rob Murphy here, creator and editor of KnockOn.ie.

The new season is upon us and KnockOn.ie will be looking to keep track of all the big stories and events in club rugby across the country over the next ten months.

The first port of call though is to update you on what has been going on behind the scenes during the summer months.

A lot of the focus this summer was on the business model side of things as we pursued some promising leads on sponsorships and investments with a view towards making the site a self sustaining and revenue generating news hub. That process is on going.

So the season kicks off with KnockOn.ie still in position as the leading website on grassroots rugby in Ireland but very much returning to its original state as a non funded venture. That means a slight change from last season where we attempted to build a user driven revenue model through yearly subscriptions.

Leinster Junior Update

Birr Roscrea

The Junior rugby season has started in Leinster with regional league action across three districts taking place over the weekend.

Every result has some sort of early season news angle to it without reading too much into it all. Clondalkin scored freely against Cill Dara in the Hosie Cup for a much larger than expected win against their fellow Division 1a opponents.

In the Midlands, Roscrea got the better of local rivals Birr with two penalties proving the difference while Midland Warriors put up a battling display before going down to Edenderry.

Caption: action from Roscrea’s 11-5 victory away to Birr on Sunday in the opening round of the Midland’s League. Pic: Birr RFC Facebook. 

Connacht Senior Update

Galwegians Buccaneers

The Connacht Senior league has started, The stand out game so far came on Saturday in Round 2 at Crowley Park where newly promoted Galwegians got the better of Buccaneers in a gripping contest.

Buccaneers beat Corinthians in round one while Galwgeians recieived a walkover against Sligo. The other game in round two last weekend saw Corinthians ease to victory against Sligo.

The league concludes with round 3 next weekend, Galwegians seem set for a walkover from their fixture with Sligo so a win over Corinthians will give them the title. The clubs will then compete in the Senior Cup as preparation for what should be a gripping AIL season continues.

All three Connacht clubs will compete in Division 1b next season and the six derbies will make for some great club weekends out west.

Leinster Senior Update

Terenure College

The early season cup action has begun in Leinster for AIL clubs and their J1 squads.

The Senior League Cup results went to plan with with Division 1a sides Lansdowne, Old Belvedere, St Mary’s, UCD and Terenure College all winning on Saturday. NUIM Barnhall’s battling effort at Belfield stood out among the defeated sides.

Meanwhile in the Shield competition, Wanderers travelled to Naas and won 29-14 in their first game back as a senior club after winning the Leinster Junior League and the All Ireland League qualifiers last season. Certainly an early season statement of intent.

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