Friday 24 November 2017

Plenty of ups and downs as clubs plan for next season

Aly Muldowney wins a line-out during training at the Sportsground in Galway
Aly Muldowney wins a line-out during training at the Sportsground in Galway

Daragh Small

It has been an up and down season for the Connacht sides in the Ulster Bank League and there will clubs from the province in Division 1A, 1B, 2A and 2C next term.

Galwegians will dine at the top table for the first time since 2009 after Matt Brown and John Muldoon led them to their second promotion in as many seasons.

The 2014-15 renewal was seen as one where 'Wegians would need to consolidate their status before even thinking of pushing for promotion, but they exceeded all expectations.

Dublin University's resurgence after a poor start caused a few headaches but ultimately it was Garryowen that led going into the final round of games.

The Limerick men travelled to Crowley Park not even needing a win to return to 1A but Galwegians were determined not to fall at the final hurdle.

And that 17-13 success, their 14th win of the season, proved to be the most precious as they were promoted.

Buccaneers followed on from a promising 2013/14 campaign where they just missed out on a place in Division 1A with a disappointing season to finish seventh.

Corinthians couldn't accommodate the loss of vital players to the provincial set-up and succumbed to relegation back to Division 2A, while Sligo were also relegated to 2C.

Irish Independent

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