Preview | Senior And Junior Rugby
12th October 2022 By Leonard Allen
It is another busy weekend with action in both the Men’s and Women’s All Ireland Leagues.
There is also action across all three sections of the Munster Junior League and the Munster Women’s League also continues.
Proceedings get underway on Friday evening in Division 2A of the Men’s All Ireland League with a mouth-watering Premier County derby at New Ormond Park between Nenagh Ormond and Cashel. The North Tipperary side have made it two wins from two and are in second place behind Queen’s University. Cashel are third, with a losing bonus point from their narrow 20-19 opening day defeat by Navan in County Meath. They claimed all points on offer last time out as they defeated UL Bohemian 32-9 at the Spafield.
On Saturday in Division 1A, Cork Constitution, following their 47-12 defeat by Terenure College at Lakelands Park, travel to Thomond Park to take on bottom side Shannon, who are on zero points.
Young Munster, who recorded a 26-23 home win over Garryowen last time out, travel to the Capital to take on UCD who are seeking their first win of the campaign but have two bonus points to their credit.
Garryowen are second from bottom and they face a tough assignment as they welcome leaders Terenure College to Dooradoyle. The Dublin side recorded two maximum-point wins in their games to date, while the Sky Blues claimed a losing bonus point against Young Munster last time out.
In Division 1B, the top two sides are at home to the third and fourth-placed sides.
Leaders UCC, who have made it two wins from two, put their unbeaten run on the line against third-placed St Mary’s College at the Mardyke.
Second-placed Highfield, who are also unbeaten, face a tricky task as they entertain Buccaneers, who go into the tie on the back of a 35-7 maximum-point home win over Old Wesley.
Dolphin, who are seventh in Division 2A, following their impressive 35-8 win over Blackrock College, where they claimed all points on offer, travel to the Royal County to take on fifth-placed Navan.
Old Crescent, who are second from bottom, travel to Stradbrook to take on Blackrock College as they go in search of their first win.
UL Bohemian, who are propping up the table on zero points, entertain Ballymena who are hovering above the drop zone.
In Division 2C, fourth-placed Midleton welcome Omagh Academicals, who are third, to East Cork, with both sides going into the tie on the back of maximum-point wins against Sunday’s Well and Clonmel respectively.
Sixth-placed Bruff are at home to eighth-placed Skerries, and Clonmel, who are seventh, will have their work cut out as they lock horns with Tullamore in South Tipperary.
Sunday’s Well entertain Ballina in their basement clash at Musgrave Park. The Leesiders are on zero points, while the North Mayo side claimed a losing bonus point from their 32-26 defeat by Bangor in County Down.
UL Bohemian, following their first win over Wicklow in the Garden County last time out in the Women’s All Ireland League from which they claimed maximum points, face a tough assignment as they lock horns with third-placed Blackrock College, who are unbeaten following three bonus point victories.
In Section A of the Munster Junior League, leaders Skibbereen, who are the only side with maximum points from their two games to date, welcome Clanwilliam to the Carbery Showgrounds. The Tipperary Town side go into the tie on the back of a narrow home win over Abbeyfeale.
Defending champions Newcastle West, who share second place with Richmond, welcome Old Christians to West Limerick. Newcastle West returned with maximum points from their visit to West Cork against Bandon, while the Rathcooney side have two losing bonus points to their credit.
Richmond following their 29-7 bonus point home win against Crosshaven, travel to the Premier County to take on Thurles, who defeated Old Christians 14-10 at Rathcooney last time out.
Muskerry, who claimed a losing bonus point last time out against Kilfeacle, entertain Bandon, who were defeated by Newcastle West.
Waterpark, who claimed a losing bonus point from their narrow 15-14 defeat by St Mary’s at Grove Island, go head to head with Kilfeacle at Ballinakill.
Thomond, who were defeated by Skibbereen a the Carbery Showgrounds, welcome Mallow to Liam Fitzgerald Park, with the North Cork side coming off the back of an 18-6 away win over Clonakilty.
Abbeyfeale, who are propping up the table with a losing bonus point to their credit, entertain St Mary’s, and Crosshaven who were defeated by Richmond, entertain Clonakilty.
The game of the day in Section B is the meeting of Fethard and St Senan’s in a top of the table clash in South Tipperary. Fethard won their opener 37-16 at home against Youghal and claimed all points on offer. They followed it up with a an 18-12 away win over Ennis. The Clare side recorded two narrow victories over Waterford City and Cobh Pirates.
Cobh Pirates will be looking to make the most of home advantage count against Dungarvan as they go in search of their first win. The Pirates have claimed bonus points from defeats by St Senan’s and Galbally-Mitchelstown. The West Waterford side scored four tries in their 48-22 defeat by Fermoy on the opening day of the campaign and they recorded a 20-14 home win over Scariff last time out.
Scariff welcome Carrick-on-Suir to the Banner County. Scariff have claimed a losing bonus point from their 20-14 away defeat by Dungarvan, while they recorded a narrow 17-12 home win over Galbally-Mitchelstown. The South Tipperary side marked their return after a six-year absence with a 21-16 home win over Fermoy.
Waterford City, who claimed all points on offer from their 35-21 home win over Ennis, are at home to Galbally-Mitchelstown, who defeated Cobh Pirates.
Youghal, who are propping up the table on zero points, entertain Ennis, who have a single losing bonus point to their credit.
In Section C, which saw three sides record comprehensive victories last time out, Tralee, following their 41-0 victory over Killarney, travel to Castletreasure to take on Douglas, who were defeated 48-0 by Kanturk in Duhallow.
Killarney face a tricky task as they welcome Charleville to the Kingdom, with the North Cork side coming off the back of a 39-3 home win over Killorglin.
Killorglin face a tough assignment as they welcome Kinsale, who put up 57 points without reply against Bantry Bay, to Mid Kerry.
Kanturk, following their comprehensive victory over Douglas, are away to Castleisland, who were defeated 22-3 by Ballincollig at Tanner Park and Bantry Bay are at home to Ballincollig.
In Conference A of the Munster Women’s League, Skibbereen welcome Shannon-LIT to the Carbery Showgrounds for their opener, with the Limerick side coming off the back of a 24-12 defeat by UL Bohemian.
Kerry travel to Limerick for their opener against UL Bohemian.
Thurles lock horns with Waterpark in the Premier County with both sides having recorded maximum-point victories over Ennis-Kilrush and Ballincollig in their respective openers.
Ballincollig and Ennis-Kilrush go head-to-head at Tanner Park.
Conference C leaders Dolphin, who put up 58 points without reply against Mallow at Musgrave Park entertain Midleton.
Bantry Bay, who defeated Midleton 43-7, go head to head with Mallow in West Cork.