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Tarf win Bec-ons

CLONTARF will be very pleased with the start they've had to the season at senior and J1 levels.

The only unbeaten team in AIL Division 1A, they have certainly set their marker out and will be looking to avenge last year's defeat in the final.

They are also semi-finalists in the Leinster Senior league Cup and won the J1 version of that competition last Sunday, defeating Old Belvedere at Castle Avenue -- the venue being decided by the toss of a coin between the two clubs.

Certainly early season form in all senior competitions would indicate that they are the club to watch.

This week, 'Tarf return to league action with the Jekyll and Hyde Bective Rangers where only one outcome looks likely -- another notch for 'Tarf.

Bottom-of-the-table Trinity face St Mary's College in College Park, and Lansdowne will look to get back to winning ways when they face Collidge in Ballycorus.

As of now, all games go ahead on Sunday.

In Section B Pool 1, the bottom two -- Naas and Suttonians -- will slog it out. The match of the weekend in this pool should be Greystones and Seapoint. A Stones win would see them open up a significant lead.

Old Wesley should be too strong for DLSP.

In Pool II Section B, it's a much tighter affair, and it's still anyone's guess who'll make the split for Super 6, with perhaps NUIM Barnhall favourite to top this one.

This weekend they play Wanderers and should win while Terenure and Navan go at it at Lakelands.

In J2, St Mary's have finished their programme of games in this phase and await other results to see who will join them in Super 6, with the likely candidates being Lansdowne and Old Belvedere, who play UCD and CYM respectively.


There is a doubt about CYM for this week, so Belvo's mid-term break may continue for another week.

In Pool II, it's Stillorgan and Clontarf to make the split into Super 6 with DLSP likely to take the third slot when they play Bective.

In the U21 JP Fanagan Premier, it's early days, but UCD, Lansdowne and Belvo look like the form teams.

This weekend Collidge host Terenure, Belvo are away to Blackrock College and Lansdowne are away to 'Tarf. I predict wins for these three again this week.

The remaining match in the group sees Old Wesley welcome St Mary's.

In the Pennant Pool 1, Naas and NUIM doing well but both have big ones this week against Lansdowne and Old Belvedere respectively.

Pool 2 throws up yet another Varsity cracker we hope in Belfield.

Terenure gave up home advantage during the week to Sutton and their gamble paid off as they came away with a 26-11 win.

In Pool 3, Skerries will be hoping to keep to winning ways when they play Wanderers.