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Weekend Preview

9th March 2023 By Leonard Allen

Weekend Preview

Ballincollig travel to take on Wicklow in the Women's AIL Cup this weekend. ©INPHO

Over a relatively quiet weekend, the final series of games in Section A of the Munster Junior League are down for decision, with several sides looking to preserve their top flight status. There is also one game in Section B of the Junior League, a Women’s Conference playoff, as well as an assortment of local finals.

In the Women’s All Ireland Cup series, Ballincollig face a tough assignment on Satrurday, as they travel to the Garden County to take on Wicklow. The Mid Cork side will have their work cut out following their 74-0 defeat by UL Bohemian in Limerick, while Wicklow claimed all points on offer from their 32-12 home win over Cooke.

On Sunday in Section A of the Munster Junior League, Both the Skibbereen v Waterpark, and St. Mary’s v Newcastle West have been postponed to allow all sides if possible play their final games on the same day and time.

Clanwilliam, who have a game in hand with Thurles, welcome Muskerry, who have already secured their top flight status, to Tipperary Town. Clanwilliam will be looking to make the most of home advantage count as they aim to take another step closer to safety following their 34-26 away win over Newcastle West. Muskerry go into the tie on the back of a 27-21 maximum point home win over Skibbereen.

Fourth-placed Kilfeacle entertain struggling Thurles in a Tipperary derby. Thurles, who have a game in hand, face a tough assignment in their bid to maintain their top flight status, following their 23-14 home defeat by St Mary’s. Kilfeacle will be looking to finish the campaign on a winning note, following their 32-24 defeat by Crosshaven, from which they claimed a bonus point as they scored four tries.

Champions Richmond entertain Clonakilty, who have a game in hand. The West Cork side face a tricky task in their bid to take another step closer to safety as they aim to build on last week’s 22-14 home win over Old Christians.

Three sides, who have already been relegated, are in action against sides who will be playing in the top flight next season.

Abbeyfeale, who have been propping up the table for most of the season, have a game in hand with Clonakilty and they entertain Thomond. There is nothing more than pride at stake for the Limerick City side, who will be looking to finish the campaign on a winning note following their 32-26 home defeat by Richmond, where they claimed losing bonus point.

Crosshaven, whose maximum point 32-24 home win over Kilfeacle was not enough to see them preserve their top flight status, make the relatively short trip to Old Chapel, to take on Bandon.

Old Christians are at home to Mallow, who missed out on a top four finish following their narrow 20-19 home defeat by Bandon.

In Section B, Youghal, who have a game in hand with Fermoy, lock horns with Galbally-Mitchelstown at the East Cork venue. Youghal will be looking to keep their challenge for a place in the promotion play-offs alive, while a victory would secure the title for Galbally-Mitchelstown.

The Munster Junior 2 League final takes place at Woodleigh Park on Saturday between Highfield and Garryowen.

Clonakilty lock horns with Muskerry in the George O’Connell Cup at the Vale on Friday evening.

The Donal Walsh U20 Cup and Plate finals are both down for decision in Tralee on Saturday.

The Plate final is a Limerick derby between UL Bohemian and Young Munster while Shannon and UCC go head to head in the Cup final.

There is also a play-off down for decision in the Munster Women’s Conference as UL Bohemian take on Skibbereen at Musgrave Park on Sunday.


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