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Weekend Club Preview

29th January 2016 By Munster Rugby

Weekend Club Preview

It is another busy weekend weather permitting with a full programme of games in the Ulster Bank All Ireland League as well as the second Round of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup and the opening games in the Plate.

It is another busy weekend weather permitting with a full programme of games in the Ulster Bank All Ireland League as well as the second Round of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup and the opening games in the Plate.

Nenagh Ormond and Thomond get proceedings underway as they go head to head under lights at the North Tipperary venue on Friday evening in Division 2A. The home side will be looking to make it two wins out of two as they defeated the Limerick side, who are second form bottom 33-20 at Liam Fitzgerald Park in October.

In Division 1A Cork Constitution, who are fourth, entertain fifth-placed Young Munster. Con’ will be looking to make the most of home advantage count as they aim to avenge early November’s 11-10 defeat at Tom Clifford Park.

Third-placed Garryowen entertain seventh-placed Old Belvedere. The Sky Blues ran out 28-13 winners when these sides met at Anglesea Road and need a win to stay in contention for a top four position.

Sixth-placed Shannon welcome bottom side Belfast Harlequins at Thomond Park in Division 1B. The Limerick side will be expected to record their second win over ‘Quins and climb further up the table.

Dolphin, who are hovering above the drop zone, face a tricky assignment as they travel to the Capital to take on Dublin University who are third. The Dublin Students ran out 44-3 winners on Leeside in early November.

Struggling UL Bohemian are away to leaders St Mary’s College and the Dublin side recorded a narrow 27-24 victory when these sides met at Annacotty.

UCC will be looking to make the most of home advantage count in a bid to keep their promotion aspirations on track as they lock horns with Queen’s University in Division 2A at the Mardyke. These sides played out a 34-34 draw in Belfast in October. This game also marks the College’s Colours game and starts at 3pm.

Fifth-placed Cashel travel to Belfast to take on fourth-placed Malone. The Belfast side ran out 27-24 winners when these sides met at the Spafield and this is a game the Tipperary side must win to stay in contention for a top four finish.

Second-placed Highfield should have little difficulty in seeing off the challenge of struggling Seapoint at Kilbogget Park in Division 2B. Highfield recorded a 14-3 win over the Killiney side at Woodleigh Park in October.

Third-placed Sunday’s Well, who are also chasing promotion, go in search of their ninth straight win as they entertain Bective Rangers at Irish Independent Park.

The game of the day in Division 2C sees leaders Old Crescent taking on third-paced Wanderers at the Aviva Stadium. The Limerick side, who hold a six-point advantage over second-placed Tullamore, will have their work cut out in a bid to avenge October’s narrow defeat when these sides met at Rosbrien.

Midleton and Bruff go head to head in a mid-table clash at Towns Park.

Kanturk will be looking to make the most of home advantage count as they take on Navan in their bid to take another step closer to safety following their valuable home win over Dundalk last time out.

The Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup continues with two first round ties and several second round ties.

In Round 1, Waterford City take on Muskerry on Suirside, with the winners taking on Skibbereen in West Cork in the next round.
Midleton entertain Dungarvan and the winners will be rewarded with a home tie against Old Christians.

Holders Shannon continue their defence of the trophy against Cashel at the Tipperary venue, with the winners meeting UCC on Leeside in the third round.

Clonakilty are at home to Highfield and the winners will be away to Kilfeacle.

Bandon lock horns with Cobh Pirates at Old Chapel, with both sides going well in their respective leagues.

Galbally are at home to Castleisland and the winners will be at home to Ennis or Clanwilliam who go head to head at the Clare venue.

Cork Constitution take on UL Bohemian at Temple Hill, with the winners at home to Midleton, Dungarvan or Old Christians.

Richmond are at home to St Senan’s in the game of the round and the winners will have a home tie against Old Crescent in Round Three.

The Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Plate also gets underway this weekend.

Fermoy and Mallow get proceedings underway in a North Cork derby under lights at the Showgrounds on Friday evening. The winners will be away to Dolphin or Douglas-Carrigaline, who go head to head at Irish Independent Park on Sunday.

Garryowen lock horns with Bruff at Dooradoyle and the winners will be at home in Round 2 to Newcastle West or Presentation, who won this trophy in 2012.

Kanturk take on Sunday’s Well at the Duhallow venue and the winners will be rewarded with a home tie against Ballincollig.

There are also three ties down for decision in Round 2.
Killarney, who won the trophy in 2011 and 2013, begin their campaign with a home tie against Abbeyfeale. The winners will be away to Thomond or Nenagh Ormond in Round 3.
St Mary’s are at home to Tralee and will expect to advance.

In Division 3 of the Munster Junior League Killorglin travel to Bantry Bay and Scariff entertain Fethard.

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