Wednesday 16 October 2019

Terenure face Old Wesley in Div 1 final while league action gets under way

Club Round-up

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Dermot O'Mahony

Club rugby in Leinster is back up and running, with the Leinster League already under way while the 11 divisions in the Metro League start this weekend and the qualifiers for the JP Fanagan (U-20) league have also kicked off.

Three series of fixtures since the start of the month will culminate in the Senior League Division 1 Final tonight at Energia Park between Terenure College and Old Wesley.

There are Division 2 semi-finals on over the weekend, kicking off tonight with Old Belvedere hosting Wanderers at home in Ollie Campbell Park.

Terenure stormed through their pool with wins over Clontarf, UCD and St Mary's to qualify for the Division 1 decider, while Old Wesley finished level at the top of their pool with Lansdowne and Dublin University, but squeezed through to the final with the best record in games involving all three.

Navan welcome Blackrock College to Balreask Old in the second Division 2 semi-final tomorrow having topped their pool while their visitors got to this stage having beaten Skerries and Malahide to finish runners up.

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Old Belvedere enjoyed a 100 per cent record in topping that pool while Wanderers, their opponents tonight, won their opener against MU Barnhall but secured two bonus points in a high-scoring loss against Enniscorthy.

Ashbourne are the early season pacesetters in Division 1A of the Leinster League having notched a pair of four-try bonus points in their 26-7 win away in Dundalk followed by a 43-8 victory at home against Suttonians last Saturday.

This flying start is in direct contrast to their tardiness out of the blocks a year ago when significant improvement as the season progressed netted them the All-Ireland Junior Cup.

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Gorey are second place with two hard-earned wins, 12-10 at home to Bective Rangers followed by a 21-18 victory a week ago in Seapoint.

There has been one win apiece for Suttonians who beat Wicklow 41-7 a fortnight ago, Dundalk who won 27-15 at Bective Rangers last Saturday, Kilkenny who beat Seapoint 18-9 in their first game back at this level after last season's promotion and Wicklow who beat Kilkenny 36-12 at home a week ago.

Seapoint and Bective Rangers are both sitting on the bottom with one losing bonus point each.

Tomorrow Wicklow host Ashbourne at Ashtown Lane, Gorey entertain Kilkenny at Clonattin, Suttonians are at home to Bective Rangers while Seapoint take on Dundalk at Mill Road.

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