WITH league leaders Richmond looking like they are yet again going to be the unstoppable force in the first division of Munster junior rugby it was up to the sides hunting for second and third spots to keep their challenge on board last Sunday.
Tralee are well in the hunt for one of the top three places after a very impressive first two thirds of the season.
Tralee have shown a great level of maturity and talent as they have kept themselves right in the hunt for what would be a welldeserved accolade.
Clanwilliam were the latest side to try to derail the Kerry side's tilt at the top only to come out on the wrong side of a 13-12 score line.
Dan Clarke did most of the damage with the boot as he slotted over two penalties and a conversion in the narrow win. Ciaran Crowley added the games only try for the home side as Tralee recorded their seventh win in 10 starts – which keeps them in fourth place only four points behind Kanturk in second.
West Limerick side Newcastle West moved up to fifth spot with a comprehensive 16-6 home win against cork side Crosshaven.
In the J2 is it a case of as you were, as all the topsides managed to secure wins last weekend.
With both Mallow and Muskerry securing wins on Sunday it was up to Castleisland (3rd) and Killarney (4th) to manage at least the same as their league rivals – and credit to both Kerry outfits that's exactly what they did as the former just edged past a highly regarded presentation outfit while the latter took the spoils away to Newport.
A last minute penalty from Castleisland's Connie Reynolds secured the win (13-10) with Padraig Cronin and Declan O'Connell touching down for a pair of vital tries.
Presentation hit back with a John Higgins try with a conversion and penalty from Mark Phair providing to a dramatic tussle late on.
Castleisland retain their third place position (seven points off the pace but with a game in hand).
Killarney are one spot behind their neighbours but have the luxury of two games in hand on the sides ahead of them.
They kept their challenge on track with a hard fought 13-8 away win over Newport. Adrian Hegarty scored a try for the winners with Paudie Sheahan adding a conversion and two penalties. Phillip O'Brien hit back for the home side with a try and a penalty but it never looked like being enough as Killarney recorded their sixth win from seven starts.
Division 3 also proved to be a good weekend for local sides with both Killorglin and Abbeyfeale recording good wins.
Killorglin's 41-5 away win over a struggling Charleville side moved them one step closer to promotion while Abbeyfeale's 19-7 win sees them move up to fifth place (well in the hunt for a top two promotion place).
Andrew O'Reilly and Darren Curtayne caused most of the damage for Killorglin as they grabbed a brace of tries apiece with Noel O'Reilly and Trevor West adding one each. Luke O'Shea rounded off the emphatic score line with four conversions and a penalty.
Abbeyfeale's win came thanks to a penalty try and four Thomas Enright penalties. Enright also added the points from the try.
The sides can now look forward to a few weeks break from league action before they start what will be the final push for league honours this campaign.