LAST weekend was a busy one. The Leinster leagues finished and the automatic promotion and relegation places were decided alongside the play-off matches.
Most of the Cup campaigns got underway too.
At U21 level there were two major surprises. Firstly, Old Belvedere suffered defeat at the hands of Blackrock in the McCorry Cup. And, in the other 'surprise' result, although Terenure might say differently, 'Nure disposed of arch rivals St Mary's at Templeville Road.
Lansdowne squeezed past Clontarf, while, in the remaining quarter-final, UCD got the better of varsity counterparts Trinity.
In the Purcell Cup, recent winners Naas beat NUIM Barnhall, strongly-fancied IT Carlow travelled to Dr Hickey Park and recorded a 25-8 win, and Old Wesley recorded a home victory when they beat Seapoint. In the remaining ties, Wanderers beat Coolmine, UCD edged DLSP, Lansdowne hammered Mary's and Belvo annexed Trinity.
In the Winters Cup at J4, Terenure J5 stepped up to the plate to beat NUIM Barnhall 'B', both St Mary's teams won and CYM recorded a notable victory over DLSP.
In the Moran Cup, league winners Old Wesley's hopes of a double were dashed by Terenure.
At this stage I should acknowledge an error made last week, when I mistakenly said that Wesley had been pipped by Lansdowne for the J3 league.
My error was pointed out to me by Billy Browne of OWRFC, and I am pleased to correct it and congratulate them on their win.
That was another fine league campaign that went all the way to the wire.
In the O'Connell Cup, Coolmine beat Monkstown, Mary's beat Wanderers and Garda suffered a heavy loss.
Lansdowne defeated Bective while Guinness took DLSP's scalp to set up a quarter-final meeting with league winners Lansdowne.