Monday 21 October 2019

Cill Dara, Balbriggan and Garda cap seasons to remember

'Balbriggan convincingly beat Railway Union 36-7 in the Division 2A/2B play-off in Malahide Rugby Club as they pulled away after the break to now sit on the cusp of their highest ever league ranking' (stock photo)
'Balbriggan convincingly beat Railway Union 36-7 in the Division 2A/2B play-off in Malahide Rugby Club as they pulled away after the break to now sit on the cusp of their highest ever league ranking' (stock photo)

Dermot O'Mahony

Last Sunday, Cill Dara, Balbriggan and Garda enjoyed big wins in their Leinster League divisional promotion/relegation play-offs while in the Metro League the previous afternoon there were wins for BGF Ravens in the Division 9 final, Monkstown in the Division 10 decider, and Clontarf captured the Division 11 title.

Cill Dara beat Coolmine 19-12 in the Division 1B/2A play-off in Newbridge Rugby Club using their more powerful pack and the strong breeze they had on their backs in the first half to good effect as they built a big lead which they were then able to use as a buffer to keep the Dubliners at arm's length.

Balbriggan convincingly beat Railway Union 36-7 in the Division 2A/2B play-off in Malahide Rugby Club as they pulled away after the break to now sit on the cusp of their highest ever league ranking.

Garda beat Roscrea 23-14 in the Division 2B/3 play-off in Edenderry Rugby Club, coming from 14-12 down at the interval to secure victory with a strong second-half showing.

The winners and losers will have to wait until the promotion to and relegation from the AIL is sorted over the coming weeks before knowing their fate for 2019-2020.

BGF Ravens (Ballymun, Glasnevin, Finglas), formerly Unidare, celebrated the club's 60th anniversary on Saturday by beating Emerald Warriors 11-0 at their home in Mount Temple School.

The Leinster League Division 1A/1B playoff between Bective Rangers and Longford will be played in North Kildare Rugby Club tomorrow (1.0pm) while on Sunday it's Lansdowne v Old Wesley at Lansdowne Road in the Metro League Division 1 final.

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