March 6th, 2015
Leinster League Division 1
Enniscorthy v Dundalk, Ross Road, Saturday 3pm
First of all, this is a heavyweight match up, a clash of champions. Two of the best sides in provincial club rugby on the island coming together at the end of a long six month season with the title on the line and a huge crowd of club members, neutrals, friends and family watching on.
Days like this make the miserable winter nights training worth while. Amateur sport isn’t always this rewarding, so it’s worth savouring.
Secondly, we’ll be brief on our outline of the league table scenario as it has been well covered elsewhere on this site, also we’ll presume you are au fait with the basic system for match points and bonus points in rugby.
March 6th, 2015
Heineken Connacht Junior Cup – Semi final Previews
Westport v Ballina, Carrowholly
There has been a contrasting build up to this fixture for both sides. Westport have played once in three weeks winning with little fuss against Corinthians in their final home league game,
Ballina have been idle and are in the midst of what looks like a stand off with the Connacht Branch over their still to be played final league game against Connemara that has led to a hefty penalty being imposed on the club.
Leaving aside the issues that are out of the hands of Ballina players and management, the form lines are strong for the north Mayo side. Four games played in 2015 and four wins.
For Westport the storyline is not too far removed from the above narrative. Five games played and four wins although the one defeat was a thumping at the hands of Galwegians and the Cup performances so far have been patchy at best but the wins have come.
March 5th, 2015
This is a busy weekend in Munster Junior rugby, with games taking place in Divisions 1 and 2 of the Leagues and also we see the latest rounds taking place in the Munster Junior Cup, Plate and Bowl, writes Munster Ed.
Munster Division 1
Clonmel v Cobh Pirates
This is the replay of the Munster Junior Challenge Cup final which took place only three weeks ago in Fermoy with Clonmel coming out on top on a score-line of 28-15. It was a close contest for much of the game.
This game has serious interest for both sides. Clonmel can seal the league with a bonus point win on Sunday, Cobh on the other hand are looking to avoid finishing third bottom in the league as if they do, they will be anxiously looking at results of Richmond in the AIL Division 2B.
March 5th, 2015
Anticipation is building around the environs and townlands and surrounding parishes of Enniscorthy and Dundalk, where rugby is the main sport on the minds of most locals.
A Leinster provincial league title is on the line, Enniscorthy looking for their first since the competition’s inception 1994, Dundalk looking to secure their second adding to the 1995 title.
On Saturday in Ross Road Enniscorthy, two of the best sides in provincial league rugby throughout Ireland will clash on a what should be a big day for both clubs, both of whom are the midst of hugely successful seasons respectively.
At the top of the table are Dundalk, they have a four point advantage over Enniscorthy meaning that when the sides kick off at 3pm, the home side will know they have to win by a margin of eight points or more. If the sides are level on points at the top of the table after Saturday’s game, the Wexford men hold the tie breaker advantage.
March 5th, 2015
Clogher Valley have closed the gap at the top of the Ulster Qualifying League table to a single point, thanks to Wednesday’s bonus point 27-8 victory over Bangor at the Cran.
Crucially however, leaders Instonians have a game in hand and that all important point to spare after they defeated Donaghadee 27-7 last Saturday one week on from their first league defeat of the season away to Ballyclare.
That 23-5 loss to Ballyclare opened the door ever so slightly for Clogher in the league title race and the reigning champions from Fivemiletown are looking to keep the pressure on as their final game of the season is a home tie with Instonians.
March 4th, 2015
The Connacht Branch Competitions Committee have handed Ballina RFC a severe penalty for failing to field in their re-fixed final round Connacht Junior League game against Connemara last weekend.
A committee representative confirmed to KnockOn.ie that the ruling decreed that the club must be “deducted sufficient points to move them into eighth position in the table for failing to field as scheduled.”
The demotion to last place in the Division 1a league standings is in effect a 27 point deduction for the north Mayo club as the bottom side, OLBC, have just two points accumulated so far. The game in question has also been re-fixed for St Patrick’s Day at 3:30pm in the Monastery Field Clifden. So in essence, the original ruling has been enforced once more.
March 4th, 2015
Leinster League’s Final Weekend
All five divisions in Leinster conclude this weekend with title races, play off positioning and relegation battles across the leagues taking centre stage.
Before we can deal with the permutations in each league we need to first explain the promotion and relegation implications the All Ireland League restructuring will have on the Leinster leagues.
This season, two teams will be automatically relegated from the All Ireland League Division 2b and a third will be in a play off with the AIL Round Robin winners. So the odds of the Leinster champions gaining promotion have been reduced and with two Leinster sides down at the basement, there’s the potential for upheaval.
In Leinster, the eight team league pyramid is set in stone so should two teams come down from the AIL without any side replacing them, there will be an ripple effect right down the leagues with three teams automatically relegated from each Division.
Warning, we have unapologetically gone into immense detail here, this is not for the easily distracted.
March 3rd, 2015
Munster Division 1 Season Finale Guide
In a season of grandstand finishes in most Junior Leagues, the title race in Division 1 has served up plenty of drama but might just be wrapped up with a round to spare this season.
Weather disruptions have held things up in recent weeks and as of now only one point separates Clonmel and Newcastle West but Denis Leamy’s south Tipperary side have a game in hand which is at home to Cobh Pirates this weekend.
In simple terms, a win with a four try bonus point will see Clonmel secure the league title this coming Sunday but the visitors from the great Island have plenty to play for with serious relegation concerns of their own. The game will be a rematch of the Junior Clubs Cup final won by Clonmel last month.
March 1st, 2015
ULSTER BANK LEAGUE RESULTS: Saturday, February 28
UBL Division 1a
Three games to go and Lansdowne are now mathematically guaranteed a play off spot, home advantage also seems likely.
Terenure College have had an incredible first season back in the top flight too, securing their tenth win of the season on Saturday with a hugely impressive away win at Cork Constitution.
The third spot for now looks like going to Clontarf but their Friday night defeat away to St Mary’s is the cause for a little concern with three rounds to go.
The race for the final spot is intense, Ballynahinch moved into the top four at the weekend for the first time with a big win but Con, UCD, St Mary’s and Young Munster are all within striking distance.
March 1st, 2015
Leinster Division 1a
A grand stand finale is in store for the Leinster Junior League next weekend as Ross Road in Enniscorthy will play host to a league title deciding fixture.
The hosts Enniscorthy (54 points) and visitors Dundalk (58 points) will be contending for the league crown after they both won in round 13 on Saturday. The Louth side stole a slight edge on the afternoon thanks to a bonus point victory against Coolmine but Enniscorthy kept themselves in the hunt.
In the Wexford town on Saturday, Enniscorthy secured a hard earned home win over top four chasing Ashbourne 18-10 but they fell short of the maximum and that changes things slightly for the final day clash.