LAST weekend's junior rugby program was scheduled to be a mixture of the early stages of the Munster Junior Cup and some league fixtures for the top two divisions.
Unfortunately the weekend saw a raft of postponements due to the weather so there was limited action seen by the local sides.
Those Kerry sides that did manage to see their games go ahead had very different experiences with Killorglin managing an impressive 32-6 home win over Clare side Scariff while Corca Dhuibhne went down heavily, 62-10, to Midleton in another Cup tie.
The only league game to go to post was the Junior 1 fixture between Tralee and Waterpark. This game had an away win written all over it as Tralee came into the tie on the back of a series of impressive results while Waterpark had lost all their previous six games of the campaign.
While it may have looked like a great opportunity for Tralee prior to kick off it certainly didn't turn out that way as they were easily beaten by the home side by 26-9.
Up till Sunday Tralee have not found it that difficult to find the try line but in this case they found the home sides defence clearly up for the challenge as they managed to hold Kerry's top junior side to three penalties from Dan Clarke.
The home side managed three tries from John Flynn, Paddy Kiersey and Eoghan Duff, with Flynn adding to Tralee's woes with three penalties.
This loss is not catastrophic for Tralee's chances of winning this year's title but it will put a real dent in their moral. This is a game that Tralee would have been expected to win and the result will be seen by all their rivals at the top as a gift.
Next up for Tralee is a home game against one of those other title chasing sides, Skibbereen. Fresh from their home win over mid table Cobh pirates on Sunday, the west Cork side will feel they can do a number on the home side. Tralee will realistically have to win this game if they are to maintain their chances of success this season as they head into the erratic Christmas and New Year periods.
Division 2 sees Castleisland bring their campaign back to Kerry for a home tie against Cork side Bandon.
Castleisland are genuine title contenders this year and have already showed that they are up for the fight with a series of impressive results of late. Bandon may be just in the bottom third of the table but they are far from pushovers and have themselves had some good wins already this campaign.
If Castleisland are to go on and win division 2 then these are the kind of games that they will be looking to take maximum point from.
Killarney are the other local side in action next weekend as they entertain Kinsale. The Cork side come to the Kingdom with title aspirations of their own and will be looking to put one of their challengers for the promotion places to the sword however Killarney have shown for the last few years that they are well equipped at this level and will give every bit as good as they get next Sunday afternoon.
The J3 will see three local sides in action with Kerry sides Killorglin and Corca Dhuibhne taking on Fermoy and Scariff respectively while west Limerick's Abbeyfeale make the trip to the rebel county to take on Douglas.
Killorglin and Abbeyfeale have made impressive starts to the season and will fancy their chances of being in the final shakeup come seasons end. Corca on the other hand will be desperate to record a win as they have failed in their first four outings so far.
Sunday, 2.30pm Tralee v Skibbereen Castleisland v Bandon Killarney v Kinsale Douglas v Abbeyfeale Killorglin v Fermoy Scariff v Corca Dhuibhne