Thursday 8 December 2016

All to play for in 2016 as clubs look to push on in new year

Daragh Small

Published 18/12/2015 | 02:30

Shannon are the province's best-placed side in fifth, but six points behind fourth, while UL Bohs are eighth (Stock picture)
Shannon are the province's best-placed side in fifth, but six points behind fourth, while UL Bohs are eighth (Stock picture)

It has been a massive year for Garryowen, and after relegation to Division 1B in 2013-14 they enter 2016 in a play-off spot in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A.

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The Limerick men were knocked off the top on the final day of the season away to Galwegians, but were promoted to 1A after a play-off victory over St Mary's. And Garryowen have picked up where they left off.

With four wins and one draw from their opening nine games they are fourth in the standings, level on points with third-placed Old Belvedere.

Cork Con barely survived the promotion/relegation play-off, but they move into 2016 eighth in the 1A table. Young Munster are fifth after they reached the semi-finals last term.

Dolphin finished bottom of Division 1A earlier this year, and have found the going tough in 1B, where they are ten points clear of basement side Belfast Harlequins, but they are ninth.

After Garryowen's heroics, no Munster team has made such an impression in 1B in 2015-16.

Shannon are the province's best-placed side in fifth, but six points behind fourth, while UL Bohs are eighth.

Highfield won Division 2B in 2014-15, but remain in the same division due to the restructuring of the league - they are third.

Elsewhere Cashel are third in 2A, and Old Crescent are top of the pile in the bottom tier and looking good for 2016.

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