Preview | Junior Rugby Action This Weekend
28th October 2021 By The Editor
The Munster Junior League resumes this weekend with a full programme of games across all five conferences but not all games may go ahead due to a shortage of referees.
See a full list of fixtures here.
Crosshaven and Mallow get the show on the road at Myrtleville Cross in Conference B on Saturday evening. The Seasiders were defeated 34-12 by Old Christians at Rathcooney in their last outing, while Mallow are seeking their first win of the campaign.
Also on Saturday in Conference D, Kinsale, who recorded a narrow 13-11 home win over Charleville in their only game to date, entertain Killorglin, who were defeated 27-13 at home by Ballincollig last time out.
Chorca Dhuibhne, who are seeking their first points following their 29-17 away defeat by Castleisland in the Kingdom derby, welcome Youghal to the West Kerry Gaeltacht.
On Sunday, the game of the day in Conference A sees Thomond and Kilfeacle put their unbeaten records on the line at Liam Fitzgerald Park. The West Tipperary side hold a single point advantage over Thomond as they claimed maximum points from their 34-30 away win over St Senan’s in their opener. This was followed by a narrow 23-21 home win over Richmond. Thomond ran out 24-16 away winners over Clanwilliam last time out.
Abbeyfeale, who are joint fourth with West Limerick neighbours Newcastle West, are at home to Clanwilliam, who are propping up the table on zero points, following defeats by Thomond and Richmond. Abbeyfeale go into the tie on the back of a heavy defeat by Newcastle West.
Third-placed Richmond, who claimed a losing bonus point from their narrow defeat by Kilfeacle, make the relatively short trip to Jimmy Slattery Park to take on St Senan’s. The Clare side are seeking their first win following a 19-19 draw with Galbally.
Galbally face a tricky task as they entertain County Limerick neighbours Newcastle West, who recorded a comprehensive home win over Abbeyfeale. Galbally picked up their first points from their 19-19 draw against St Senan’s.
In Conference B, Waterpark, who are joint second with Bandon, lock horns with leaders Muskerry at Ballinakill. The Sky Blues hold a two-point lead over the Suirsiders as they recorded maximum-point wins over Clonakilty and Mallow, while Waterpark go into the tie on the back of victories over Clonakilty and Skibbereen.
Bandon go head to head with West Cork neighbours Clonakilty, who are seeking their first points at Old Chapel. Bandon go into the tie on the back of victories over Mallow and Old Christians, while Clonakilty were defeated by Waterpark and Muskerry in their games to date.
Skibbereen, who have one losing bonus point to their credit, face a tricky task as they welcome Old Christians to the Carbery Showgrounds. The Rathcooney side claimed all five points from their home win over Crosshaven.
Conference C leaders Thurles, who recorded bonus point wins in both of their games to date are at home to Premier County neighbours Fethard, who are joint third with Dungarvan. Fethard claimed maximum points from their 35-19 home win over Ennis last time out.
Dungarvan, who were defeated 39-6 by Thurles in Mid Tipperary, face a tough assignment as they welcome second-placed Scariff, who are unbeaten, to West Waterford. The East Clare side go into the tie on the back of narrow victories over Waterford City and Mitchelstown.
Ennis welcome Mitchelstown to the Banner County, with both sides seeking their first wins of the campaign. The Clare side were defeated 35-19 by Fethard in South Tipperary, while Mitchelstown claimed a losing bonus point from their opener against Scariff.
Waterford City welcome St Mary’s to Suirside, with both sides also seeking their first wins. The Limerick side are on two point points from their 23-23 draw against Ennis in their only game to date while City picked up a losing bonus point from their narrow 6-5 defeat by Scariff in East Clare.
There are two Cork derbies in Conference D.
The pick of the day’s games is the top of the table clash between leaders Ballincollig and Fermoy, who are joint second with Kanturk. The Mid Cork side’s two victories to date were against Kerry opposition, as they recorded a bonus point home win over Tralee and followed it up with a win over Killorglin in the Kingdom. Fermoy are four points behind Ballincollig as they claimed all points on offer from their 28-5 home win over Cobh Pirates at the Showgrounds last time out.
Kanturk, who ran out 39-11 home winners over Fermoy in their only game to date, entertain Cobh Pirates, who were defeated by Fermoy at the Showgrounds.
Charleville, who claimed a losing bonus point against Kinsale in their only game to date, welcome Tralee, who are propping up the table on zero points, to Smith’s Road.
In Conference E, Bantry Bay will have their work cut out as they entertain Castleisland, who recorded bonus point wins over Chorca Dhuibhne and Dunmanway, in their games to date. The West Cork side are seeking their first win as they claimed bonus points from defeats against Killarney and Douglas.
Killarney welcome Douglas to the Kingdom, with both sides tied in second place on five points apiece as they both recorded bonus point wins over Bantry Bay in their respective games to date.
In the opening round of the Munster Women’s Senior Cup, Dolphin go head to head with Kerry at Musgrave Park.