11th October 2023 By Leonard Allen
It is a busy weekend as both Men’s and Women’s All Ireland Leagues continue.
Proceedings also get underway in the Munster Junior League and the Munster Women’s Open Cup continues.
In Division 1A of the Men’s All Ireland League, Cork Constitution, who ran out maximum-point 28-21 winners over City of Armagh at Temple Hill, are away to Ballynahinch, who claimed a losing bonus point from their 16-13 defeat by champions Terenure College.
Young Munster go in search of their first points of the campaign, as they lock horns with Limerick neighbours Shannon at Tom Clifford Park. Young Munster were defeated 29-14 by Lansdowne in Dublin, while Shannon recorded a 27-22 bonus point victory over UCD at Thomond Park.
Highfield, following their opening day 20-10 home win over Garryowen in Division 1B, face a tough assignment, as they travel to the capital to take on Blackrock College at Stradbrook, following the Dublin side’s 31-10 bonus point victory over UCC on Leeside.
UCC travel to Athlone to take on Buccaneers, with both sides seeking their first points, following opening day defeats by Blackrock College and St Mary’s College respectively.
Garryowen are also seeking their first points, as they entertain Old Belvedere, who claimed a losing bonus point from their narrow 20-18 defeat by Naas at Ollie Campbell Park.
Cashel welcome Malone to the Premier County in Division 2A, with both sides seeking their first points, following opening day defeats by Banbridge and Greystones respectively.
Nenagh Ormond, who recorded a maximum-point 39-15 home win over UL Bohemian in their opener, travel to County Kildare, to take on MU Barnhall, who claimed a losing bonus point from their 15-10 defeat by Old Crescent in Limerick.
Old Crescent travel to the Royal County, to take on Navan. Old Crescent ran out 15-10 winners over MU Barnhall at Takumi Park, while the County Meath side ran out 29-23 bonus point winners over Ballymena at Eaton Park.
UL Bohemian go in search of their first points at they welcome Banbridge to the UL arena. UL Bohemian were defeated 39-15 by Nenagh Ormond in North Tipperary, while the Ulster side ran out 26-14 home winners over Cashel.
In Division 2B, Dolphin entertain Belfast Harlequins at Musgrave Park, as they go in search of their first points, following their 38-14 away defeat by Dungannon. The Belfast side were narrow 30-27 home winners over Malahide at Deramore Park.
Clonmel are away to Bangor in Division 2C and both sides are seeking their first win, following narrow defeats by Bruff and Midleton respectively, which saw Clonmel and Bangor claim a losing bonus point each.
Bruff, following their 32-26 maximum-point victory over Clonmel in South Tipperary, will have their work cut out as they entertain Enniscorthy, who also claimed maximum points from their 28-16 home win over Omagh Academicals.
Midleton face a tricky task following their narrow 18-17 home win over Bangor, as they travel to Galway, to take on Galwegians, who ran out 28-22 away winners over Tullamore, at the County Offaly venue.
In the Women’s All Ireland League, UL Bohemian will be looking to make it four wins from four as they entertain Cooke at the UL Arena. The Limerick side claimed maximum points from their 38-3 away win over Suttonians, while Cooke, who are on zero points, were defeated 24-14 at home by Ballincollig.
Ballincollig, who have climbed up to third, following their maximum-point 24-14 victory over Cooke in Belfast, are at home to Wicklow, who are on zero points.
There are three games to get proceedings underway in the Munster Junior League on Friday evening as Ballincollig entertain Youghal in Division 2 at Tanner Park, St. Mary’s entertain St. Senan’s at Grove Island, and Castleisland lock horns with Killorglin in a Kingdom derby in Division 3.
On Saturday, Skibbereen go head to head with West Cork neighbours and 2018 champions Bandon in Division 1, as they turn on their floodlights.
On Sunday in Division 1, Sunday’s Well, who were relegated from the All Ireland League, welcome newly-promoted Charleville to Musgrave Park.
Champions Richmond begin the defence of their title against Kilfeacle at Richmond Park, and Mallow entertain 2022 champions Newcastle West.
Two former AIL sides go head to head as Thomond welcome Clonakilty to Liam Fitzgerald Park.
Newly-promoted Kanturk host Thurles in Duhallow and Clanwilliam go head to head with Muskerry in Tipperary Town.
In Division 2, Kinsale and Cobh Pirates go head to head at the South Cork venue and Waterpark welcome Fermoy to Ballinakill.
Galbally-Mitchelstown lock horns with Tralee at Galbally and Fethard entertain Old Christians in South Tipperary.
Abbeyfeale, who were relegated last season, are at home to Crosshaven.
Chorca Dhuibhne, who are back in Division 3 of the Junior League following a one-year absence, welcome Carrick-on-Suir to the West Kerry Gaeltacht.
Dungarvan entertain Killarney and Scariff host Douglas in East Clare.
Waterford City welcome Ardscoil Old Boys from Limerick to Suirside, for their debut in the Junior League.
In the Munster Women’s Open Cup, Midleton, who defeated Clonakilty 36-24 last time out at the Vale, entertain Ennis-Kilrush at Towns Park.
Ballincollig and Tralee begin their campaign at Tanner Park.