Wednesday 24 April 2019

Drama aplenty sets up intriguing series of playoffs and permutations

League Round-up

Over the past few weeks there has been much drama in the Leinster League. Three teams finished level on 28 points in the battle to avoid the relegation playoff in Division 1A, Clondalkin and Edenderry secured the Division 2A and 2B titles. Stock photo
Over the past few weeks there has been much drama in the Leinster League. Three teams finished level on 28 points in the battle to avoid the relegation playoff in Division 1A, Clondalkin and Edenderry secured the Division 2A and 2B titles. Stock photo

Dermot O'Mahony

Over the past few weeks there has been much drama in the Leinster League. Three teams finished level on 28 points in the battle to avoid the relegation playoff in Division 1A, Clondalkin and Edenderry secured the Division 2A and 2B titles.

Kilkenny, Dundalk and Bective Rangers finished on the same number of points in the battle to avoid seventh place in Division 1A but it was Bective Rangers who lost out on the tie-breakers and the Dublin side will now play Longford in the Division 1A/1B playoff tomorrow week in North Kildare Rugby Club (1.0).

This coming Sunday the other three Leinster League playoffs are down for decision with all clubs involved hoping that the fallout from promotion to and relegation from the All Ireland League works in their favour, while also wishing that Enniscorthy get promoted to the AIL via the round-robin.

Relegated

Should no Leinster team be relegated from AIL Division 2C and if Leinster League Division 1A winners Enniscorthy get promoted to the AIL, then all teams in the playoffs will play in the higher division next season.

However, should one team come down and Enniscorthy go up (or no team comes down and no team goes up) then only the winners of the playoffs will play in the higher divisions next season.

And if a Leinster team is relegated and Enniscorthy fail to get promoted then both teams in the playoff will play in the lower divisions next season.

On Sunday Coolmine and Cill Dara contest the Division 1B/2A playoff in Newbridge Rugby Club, Railway Union play Balbriggan in the Division 2A/2B playoff in Malahide Rugby Club while Edenderry Rugby Club will be the venue for the Division 2B/3 playoff featuring Garda against Roscrea.

The first of the Bank of Ireland Towns Cup semi-finals also takes place in Wexford Wanderers Rugby Club on Sunday and will be between Gorey and Enniscorthy.

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