Thursday 20 June 2019

St Pat's crowned IHL champions for 2019


St Patrick's are the Intermediate hurling league champions for 2019 after a correction to the league table left the league final fixed for tonight (Wednesday) in Aughrim against Carnew Emmets as unnecessary.

The Senior hurlers from St Pat's could be the Senior champions by the time you read this as they were going into battle with Glenealy in Aughrim last night (Tuesday) although Garry Laffan's side will be no pushovers.

In football, Avondale became the second team in Wicklow (after Ashford in Division 3) to clinch a league promotion this season after their victory over Éire Óg Greystones by 1-17 to 1-10 pushed them clear of the north Wicklow side who are currently in second spot in Division 1A with Dunlavin and Newtown one place behind.

The league title is still up for grabs, however, with Newtown the only side who can realistically catch the 'Dales. The Magpies take on Kilmacanogue this Friday night in a must-win game for both sides with Kilmac's Division 1A future hanging by a thread and requiring Carnew Emmets to lose against the aforementioned Avondale in Rathdrum.

With Annacurra already gone it's between Carnew and Kilmac to see who drops to Division 2 for 2020.

Baltinglass are within touching distance of claiming the Dunne Cup in Division 1. Sean O'Brien's men are four points clear of Rathnew after 12 games and providing they don't slip up in their last two league games (Blessington and Rathnew), league honours are theirs.

Rathnew of course will be setting out to spoil just such an eventuality and the title race could come down to the game between the old foes on June 15 at 11am in Baltinglass - what a clash that would be!

The key clash here is the meeting of Blessington and Baltinglass this Sunday morning in Blessington. A win here for O'Brien's men will crown them champions.

Division 2 is all to play for with Coolkenno leading the charge on 15 points after nine games while Valleymount, Kilcoole and Donard-The Glen chasing hard behind.

It's very interesting at the other end of Division 2 with Ballinacor having played 10 games with four points in the bag meaning a win is vital in their last game against Coolkenno on June 15 but other results will be just as important with Stratford-Grangecon on five points and Rathnew, Laragh and Barndarrig on six.

Shillelagh/Coolboy's victory over Avoca on Monday evening leaves them within reach of promoted Ashford in Division 3 and should they defeat Blessington this weekend in Shillelagh the Division 3 crown will be decided when they welcome Ashford for battle at either the Fairgreen or Coolafancy. That would be a battle be behold.

Huge positive steps for two clubs last weekend. Kiltegan brought an end to a dismal run with a fully deserved victory over AGB, with club legend Christy O'Toole donning the boots when required.

Acorss the fields in Knockananna, Derek Kavanagh's charges put Aughrim to the sword for what could be a very precious victory when it comes to surviving in Division 3.

Relegation there concerns Lacken-Kilbride and Éire g most immediately with both teams on two points, Lacken-Kilbride after nine games, Éire Óg after eight, but Knockananna are far from safe with Éire g having a game in hand and the Carlow border side sitting just above them on three points with Hollywood further in the distance on five points.

Wicklow People