TRALEE made it two wins out of three last Sunday with an impressive 25-13 win over Old Christians at Rathcooney.
After a win last time out against St Senans it was important that the Kerry men kept the momentum going in what was always going to be a difficult tie, but great credit is due to Tralee for the positive result which sees them shoot up to seventh in the table. The boot of Daniel Clarke was the difference in this tie as he slotted over six penalties as well as converting a well taken Sean Hurley try.
Christians responded well and had a try of their own from Rob Grey along with eight points from the right foot of Max Cassell. This win will do wonders for the morale in the Tralee camp as they prepare for their next tie – a home fixture against St Marys next weekend. Mary's sit two places behind the men from the Kingdom but will prove to be a very difficult opponent as they too are coming off the back of a win last weekend.
Castleisland kept their impressive opening season form right on track as they recorded their third win on the bounce last Sunday.
This time the unlucky side was bottom of the table Dungarvan. This was a very one sided affair with the home side making it a very successful day at the office as they managed five tries and were rewarded with a valuable bonus point. A brace of touchdowns from Kieran Downey along with tries from William Nolan TJ Casey and Shane O'Connell set Castleisland up for the win with Con Reynolds adding the extra points on two occasions.
This 29-0 win will show the rest of the contenders that Castleisland will be a force to be reckoned with all through this year's campaign. Next up for Castleisland in the league is an away trip to Youghal in two weeks time. The Cork side have been defeated on three of their four starts so far this season and should be no match for the Kerry visitors this time out. Killarney's game at home to Carrick-on-Suir failed to go ahead last weekend so their position of sixth in the table with a game in hand over the sides above them doesn't do them the justice they deserve.
Abbeyfeale, Killorglin and Corca Dhuibhne all represented the local area in division three last weekend with success coming for two out of three. Corca's home battle with Abbeyfeale always looked like it would be a difficult day for the Kerry side and true to early season form that's the way it panned out. Abbeyfeale came into the game with a win in their only early season tie while Corca Dhuibhne failed in their opener away to Kilrush.
Robert Brown, Adam Roche, Micheal Roche and Matthew Behan all scored tries for the visitors with their talisman Tom Enright kicking two conversions and a penalty.
The home side responded with a try from Conachubhair Begley, which was converted by Kevin Moriarty. This loss is far from fatal for Corca Dhuibhne, but there is little doubt that they need to get on a winning path soon if they are not to fall too far behind the sides ahead.
This was a well deserved victory for the west Limerick side and they will be keen to keep this winning league run going when they face Charleville next Sunday at the Cork venue.
Killorglin kept pace with Fermoy at the crest of the table with a home win over Waterford City. 24-9 was a fair reflection of how things went in this one with Peter Slattery and David O'Sullivan scoring tries for the Kerry side with Trevor West kicking a conversion and four penalties.
Barry Power kicked three consolation penalties for the visitors but it was never going to be enough to halt Killorglin's rise to second in the early season table.