Limerick clubs with lots on the line in penultimate round of Ulster Bank League.
There are a crucial round of Ulster Bank League fixtures this weekend as several Limerick clubs are involved in high stakes games with a lot to play for. All fixtures kick off at 2:30pm this afternoon.
Young Munster: The cookies – already assured of a semi final – lock horns with familiar foe Cork Con once again. There is however a lot to play for with a home semi final potentially on the line. Munster’s are two points behind second placed Con and know a win would be a huge step towards a Greenfields semi final especially seeing as Young Munster’s last game is away to basement side Old Belvedere.
Con have had the better of recent affairs with Munsters’ – beating them in last year’s UBL semi final as well as the last two Munster Senior Cup finals.
With the weather as it is this morning, we can expect a good crowd and hopefully some free flowing running rugby.
Garryowen: The light blues have entirely different priorities with survival in 1A to the fore of their minds. Despite playing bottom side Old Belvedere Conan Doyle will be taking nothing for granted heading in to today’s game.
Garryowen currently lie in 9th spot which would see them in the relegation / promotion playoff. Only separated on points difference from 8th placed Terenure. With table toppers Lansdowne taking on Terenure it could be a huge opportunity for Garryowen to head towards safety.
A final day trip to Lansdowne means the light blues should be looking to claim maximum points from today’s game.
UL Bohemian: Christy Nealon’s know they can secure a promotion playoff position with a win away at Ballynahinch later this afternoon.
Currently in second place, a crucial losing bonus point in their last outing away to Old Wesley kept the points total ticking over but they will need a victory today to stay second.
A second-placed finish for UL-Bohs would secure a home fixture at the 4G in UL – a ground which this free flowing running team have excelled on this year.
Shannon will be hoping that already promoted Buccaneers will have their foot off the pedal as they make the trip to Thomond Park.
Shannon are five points clear of Galwegians who occupy the relagation play-off place with the Galway side taking on UCC who still harbour an outside shot at the playoffs.
A Shannon win coupled with a draw or loss for Galwegians would see the Coonagh based side secure 1B status for another year.
Old Crecsent can boost their promotion play-off hopes with a win at home to MU Barnhall. Crescent sit fourth in the table, four points clear of Barnhall and seven behind Wanderers.
The Rosbrien club will also be keeping a close eye on proceedings at the Aviva as Wanderers entertain table toppers Greystones. A win for Greystones would leave the door ajar for Crescent heading into the last round of games.
Already relegated Thomond make the trip to Bective with next year and a return to 2B already on their minds.
It has been a season to forget for Thomond but they could still have a huge say in Bective’s season as the Donnybrook side need a win to leapfrog Skerries and climb out of the relegation playoff.
Bruff face a trip to Midleton in 2C with their promotion hopes already over for another season after Tullamore’s weekend victory in their game in hand.
It was very much a season of what could have been for the county side who came out the wrong end of some close encounters during the campaign.
The Cork side sit 7 points clear of the relegation playoff position and know that a win would guarantee another season in 2C.