Points tally keeps DLSP in mix
PROMOTION and relegation were already decided before kick-off on Saturday, all that was left for decision were the semi-final spots and some pride.
DLSP’s 31-9 defeat at home to Corinthians failed to stop them booking a spot in the last four as the Galway men were one of four teams to finish behind the Dubliners on points difference.
Bective’s 25-13 win at relegated Greystones and Old Wesley’s 29-16 win over UCD saw them come up just short, with DLSP facing Lansdowne who beat Malone 34-28 and Bruff, who beat Clonakilty, facing Terenure, who lost to Thomond, in the semis.
PORTADOWN will face a play-off against the second-placed junior club to preserve their senior status after their 47-8 win over relegated Carlow, as Naas beat Connemara 23-13 in Galway.
Banbridge’s 27-21 win over Navan will see them face Queen’s in the semi-finals, while Nenagh Ormond’s 23-21 win over Wanderers sees them take on Midleton.
Gerry Hurley (Garryowen)
THERE were other more spectacular feats around the country, but Hurley’s three penalties denied the champions Shannon a place in the semi-finals.
Garryowen’s season has been a disappointing one, but they’ll consider it to have ended on a high as they prevented their rivals from securing any silverware.
One to watch
Eoin Griffin (Corinthians)
A TALENTED centre, the Connacht squad member and Ireland U-20 star was on the scoresheet for the Galway club with a double against DLSP on Saturday.
At 6’ 1” and 14 stone, Griffin has the stature to compete at the highest level and has seen game time for Michael Bradley’s men this season.
None of the teams relegated last season have bounced back to gain promotion this time around, Terenure coming closest to achieving that feat in Division Two.