Weekend Preview 3rd April
1st April 2010 By Munster Rugby
The remaining back log of fixtures in the AIB All Ireland League will be played this weekend as the all Tipperary clash in the Munster Junior Clubs Challenge Cup Final is the center piece of the Junior rugby action.
Cork Constitution can go back to the top of Division 1A of the AIB All Ireland League with a win over U.L. Bohemian at Annacotty following last week’s defeat by St. Mary’s College. U.L. caused a surprise last week at Dooradoyle with a 16-13 victory. To stay in this Division U.L. need a bonus point victory to keep their hopes alive but it looks like that the Limerick side will be relegated after this encounter.
Bruff only need four points from their last two games to clinch promotion to the First Division. They can achieve this with a victory at home to Malone this weekend or else they will have to put their celebrations on hold until they visit Clonakilty next week.
Old Crescent battling relegation have newly crowned champions Lansdowne as visitors to Rosbrien and they are unlikely to stop the Dublin side from making it fourteen wins on the trot.
Shannon and U.C.C. clash in the All Ireland Under 21 Cup semi final at Coonagh with the winners to face either St. Mary’s College or Lansdowne next week in the decider. College will start as favourites especially after their 50-7 win earlier in the league.
Clonmel and Kilfeacle meet at Cashel to decide the destination of this season’s Junior Clubs Challenge Cup. Both sides were disappointed with their league performances even though Kilfeacle finished in fourth place and Clonmel who were seen as one of the main challengers faded away due to injury.
Both sides seem to be getting back into top form and it should be very close game with Clonmel looking to win their first major provincial title.
In the Munster Junior Plate Bandon host Highfield and after both sides had big wins last week, Highfield will be confident of booking a place in the semi finals.
Kinsale are at home to Thomond. The home side will have to be at their best if they hope to overcome the Limerick side’s challenge.
The two semi finals of the Munster Junior Bowl should also be decided. On Saturday Dungarvan who are showing a revival this season will have it all to do to stop Newport from reaching the decider.
The other semi final is a North Cork derby with Fermoy hosting Charleville and the visitors will be expected to advance to the decider.
Killarney will be expected to qualify for the Division Three semi finals of the Munster Junior League with a home win over Corca Dhuibhne.
There are three finals to be decided locally. U.L. Bohemian play Richmond in the Transfield Cup at Annacotty. The defending champions are unbeaten this year and will start favourites to retain the title. Richmond disappointed at losing to Monivea last week in the All Ireland Provincial League have a number of injuries and will probably be fielding a very under strength side.
Shannon and Old Crescent meet in the McInerney Cup Final at Coonagh on Saturday and the home side will start as favourites to win this trophy.
On Sunday at Musgrave Park Dunmanway and Cobh Pirates meet in the Junior Two League South Final. Dunmanway went down to their first defeat of the season last week when U.C.C. defeated them but will be expected to lift the trophy for the third time.
Cork Constitution should book their place in the semi finals of the Munster Seconds League with a home win over Bruff.
Clanwilliam host Carrick-on-Suir in the semi final of the Manseragh Cup and should advance.
FRIDAY 2nd APRIL
Magners League:Munster v Leinster,Thomond Park,8.05;
Dave Dineen Cup:Bandon v Kinsale,Bandon,6.00;
Denis Quaid Cup:Ballincollig v Highfield,Tanner Park,4.00;
Maher Sports South Under 17 Development Cup Replay:Crosshaven v Carrigaline,Crosshaven,6.00;
South Under 17 League Phase 2 Section B Final:Cobh Pirates v Sunday’s Well,Midleton,12.00;
SATURDAY 3rd APRIL
AIB League Division 1A:Garryowen v Blackrock College,Dooradoyle,2.30;
U.L. Bohemian v Cork Constitution,Annacotty, 2.30;
Division 2:Bruff v Malone,Bruff,2.30;
Corinthians v Belfast Harlequins,Corinthian Park,2.30;
Old Crescent v Lansdowne,Rosbrien,2.30;
Terenure College v U.C.D.,Lakelands,2.30;
Munster Junior Bowl Semi Final:Dungarvan v Newport,Dungarvan,4.00;
Cork County Cup:Cobh Pirates v Skibbereen,Cobh,2.30;
Webb Cup;Garryowen v Kilrush,Dooradoyle,12.00;
Scariff v Clonmel,Scariff,6.00;
U.L. Bohemian v Presentation,Annacotty,5.00;
McInerney Cup Final:Shannon v Old Crescent,Coonagh,12.00;
Evans League:Galbally v Kilfeacle,Galbally,2.30;
Frazer McMullen Under 21 Cup Semi Finals:St. Mary’s College v Lansdowne,Templeville Road,2.30;
Shannon v U.C.C.,Coonagh,2.30;
North Under 21 Cup:Bruff v Thomond,Bruff,12.30;
Newcastle West v Kilfeacle,Newcastle West,2.30;
East Under 15 League Semi Final:Waterpark v Thurles,Ballinakill,12.00;
Maher Sports South Under 19 Development Cup Final:Douglas v Muskerry,Tanner Park,12.00;
West Cork Under 19 Cup Semi Final:Dunmanway v Kinsale,Dunmanway,11.00;
Maher Sports South Under 17 Cup Semi Final:Highfield v Old Christians,Woodleigh Park,11.00;
Maher Sports South Under 15 Cup Semi Final:Cork Constitution v Sunday’s Well,Temple Hill,12.00;
Maher Sports South Under 15 Development Cup Semi Final:Dunmanway v Cobh Pirates,Dunmanway,12.30;
West Under 15 Cup Final:Abbeyfeale v Killarney,Tralee,12.00;
SUNDAY 4th APRIL
Munster Junior Plate:Bandon v Highfield,Bandon,2.30;
Kinsale v Thomond,Kinsale,2.30;
Munster Junior Bowl Semi Final:Fermoy v Charleville,Fermoy,2.30;
Munster Junior Clubs Challenge Cup Final:Clonmel v Kilfeacle,Cashel,2.30;
Munster Junior League Division 3:Killarney v Corca Dhuibhne,Killarney,2.30;
Munster Seconds League Quarter Final:Cork Constitution v Bruff,Temple Hill,2.30;
Transfield Cup Final:U.L. Bohemian v Richmond,Annacotty,3.00;
Manseragh Cup:Clanwilliam v Carrick-on-Suir,Clanwilliam Park,2.30;
Junior 2 Cup:Bantry Bay v Cork Constitution,Bantry,2.30;
Old Christians v U.C.C.,Rathcooney,12.00;
Junior 2 League Final:Cobh Pirates v Dunmanway,Musgrave Park,1.00;
Dave Dineen Cup: Castleisland v Listowel,Castleisland,2.30;
Clonakilty v Muskerry,The Vale,1.00;
Highfield v Dolphin,Woodleigh Park,12.00;
Kelly Cup:Carrigaline v Ballincollig,Moneygourney,12.00;
Junior 3 Cup:U.C.C. v Fermoy,Curaheen Road,12.00;
East Under 19 Cup Semi Final:Nenagh Ormond v Waterpark,Nenagh,11.30;
East Under 19 Plate Semi Finals:Clonmel v Waterford City,Clonmel,11.00;
Galbally v Fethard,Galbally,11.00;
East Under 17 Cup Semi Finals:Kilfeacle v Clonmel,Kilfeacle,11.00;
Thurles v Cashel/Galbally,Thurles,11.00;
East Under 17 Plate Semi Finals:Fethard v Clanwilliam,Fethard,11.00;
Nenagh Ormond v Waterpark,Nenagh,11.30;
East Under 15 Cup:Carrick-on-Suir v Waterford City,Carrick-on-Suir,11.00;
Nenagh Ormond v Kilfeacle,Nenagh,11.00;
Women’s All Ireland Cup Semi Final:U.L. Bohemian v Highfield,Annacotty,1.00;
Women’s All Ireland Plate Semi Final:Clonmel v Ballincollig,Clonmel,1.00;
Women’s All Ireland Shield Semi Final:Thurles v Clanwilliam,Thurles,3.30;
Young Munster v Tuam,Clifford Park,2.00;
Women’s All Ireland Bowl Semi Final:Nenagh Ormond v Malahide,Nenagh,2.00;
MONDAY 5th APRIL
Junior 3 Cup:Cork Transport v Bandon,Mayfield,2.30;
North Under 21 Cup:Old Crescent v Cashel,Rosbrien,2.30;
North Under 15 Cup:Thomond v Young Munster,Fitzgerald Park,6.45;
TUESDAY 6th APRIL
North Under 21 Cup:Young Munster v Garryowen,Clifford Park,6.00;
Under 17:South Munster v England South West,Wilton,2.30;
North Under 14 Cup:U.L. Bohemain Hawks v Newcastle West,Annacotty,6.45;
South Under 17 League Phase 2 Section A Final:Cork Constitution v Fermoy,Rathcooney,6.30;
WEDNESDAY 7th APRIL
North Under 15 Cup;Kilrush v Ennis,Kilrush,6.45;
Scariff v Old Crescent,Scariff,6.45;
North Under 14 Cup;St. Senan’s v Young Munster,Jim Slattery Park,6.45;
Maher Sports South Under 17 Plate:Kinsale v Sunday’s Well,Kinsale,6.30;
Midleton v Cobh Pirates,Towns Park,6.30;
West Cork Under 15 Cup Semi Final:Muskerry v Clonakilty,Muskerry,6.00;
THURSDAY 8th APRIL
North Under 15 League:Newcastle West v Richmond,Newcastle West,6.45;
North Under 14 League Final:Shannon v Old Crescent,Coonagh,6.45;
South Under 17 League Phase 2 Section C Final: Ballincollig v Clonakilty,Bandon,6.00;