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Mary's gain edge on Belvo to keep up winning habit

THIS week let's start with the U21s. The Premier League (Phase 1), in its enforced revised format, is making for compulsive viewing.

Old Belvedere pulled off a minor shock in beating UCD. And so Lansdowne go top and remain the only unbeaten team. There are no U21 games this week with the Heineken Cup game on Sunday.

St Mary's remain unbeaten at J1 with four from four after a tight game last Monday night against Old Belvedere. That puts Belvo down to third behind Lansdowne, who picked up a precious bonus against Trinity, also on Monday night.

At the other end of the table, lowly UCD slogged out a 6-3 win over Bective -- Lansdowne had the weekend off.


This weekend sees a couple of tasty clashes between leaders Mary's and fourth-placed Lansdowne, while second and third Belvo and Tarf meet in a clash that could open up a gap at the top.

In Section B, as expected, 'Stones, Wesley and Seapoint go into Super 6 and will be joined there by the inseparable Terenure, Boyne and NUIM Barnhall (14 points each).

Junior 2 resumes this week after the break between phases. And so the league splits into 'A' and 'B' and the gulf between the two is large.

This weekend the fun starts in earnest, and so we see Lansdowne against Old Wesley, with Wesley struggling a little at this level.

Belvo versus 'Tarf should be a cracker and a suitable warm-up for the corresponding J1 match on Sunday. The final pairing sees Mary's travel to Bird Avenue to meet Stillorgan. In section B, it's Bective against UCD, while CYM take on Wanderers.