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It’s going to be a busy week-end for local junior rugby fans

THERE is plenty to get excited about this week-end as Limerick’s junior clubs prepare for a busy schedule. St Mary’s are making no secret of their ambition to return to MJL1 next season and their bonus point away win last Sunday in Ballincollig provided a welcome boost. This Sunday the challenge is equally demanding. Thurles will see their visit to Grove Island as a make or break fixture. They are fourth in the table on 15 points with St Mary’s and Crosshaven on top with 19 points and Clonakilty third on 18 points. If the ‘Saints’get the win on Sunday, it could be a battle right to the end for themselves and their two County Cork chasers as this league progresses.
Richmond are back to league action in MJL1 and they face the prospect of possible back to back defeats at the hands of Clonmel. These sides met last Sunday in the Junior Challenge Cup with the Tipperary side going through to the next round thanks to a third quarter surge of scores. Richmond, who trail Clonmel by two points at the top of the table, say that they were without a number of their first choicers last week-end but they will certainly want to put up a better show in Ard na Gaoithe if they are to prevent the leaders from pushing further ahead..
Abbeyfeale have been having a steady run in fifth position and they should add to their 17 points in their home meeting with Youghal while Newcastle West will be favourites to try and move up from seventh position when Skibbereen visit them. Galbally have been having a poor league campaign and they are rooted one rung from the bottom with zero points as they travel to Shannon Town for a meeting with St Senan’s. A victory there would be a major boost for the County Limerick side but they will have to improve on recent league performances.
The Gleeson League continues on Saturday with Ennis entertaining UL Bohemian, Newport at home to St Mary’s, Old Crescent will welcome St Senan’s, Scariff play Newcastle West/Abbeyfeale and the big game of the day is the meeting of Shannon and Richmond in Coonagh. These two sides have been impressive all season with Shannon, in particular, chalking up some impressive try scoring stats. Meetings between these two local rivals invariably provide competitive games and this one will be no exception.
Saint Mary’s got their MJL2 promotion bid back on track last week-end, registering a bonus point victory in Ballincollig but fellow local club Richmond crashed out of the Munster Junior Challenge Cup when they went down to Clonmel in Richmond Park.
There was a full list of Gleeson League games also down for decision last Saturday with wins for Shannon, Richmond and Old Crescent, two other fixtures were called off while Young Munster had a big win over UL Bohemian in the Munster Seconds League.
Fixtures, Friday 24th November, Munster Junior League Division 2: Kinsale v Clonakilty, Kinsale, 8pm; Sunday 26th November, Munster Junior League Division 1: Abbeyfeale v Youghal, Abbeyfeale; Bandon v Kilfeacle, Bandon; Clanwilliam v Kanturk, Clanwilliam Park; Clonmel v Richmond, Clonmel; Newcastle West v Skibbereen, Newcastle West; St. Senan’s v Galbally, Jim Slattery Park; Waterpark v Cobh Pirates, Ballinakill. Division 2: Mallow v Killarney, Mallow; Mitchelstown v Crosshaven, Mitchelstown; Old Christians v Ballincollig, Rathcooney; St. Mary’s v Thurles, Grove Island; Waterford City v Castleisland, Waterford; Division 3: Bantry Bay v Chorca Dhuibhne, Bantry; Charleville v Tralee, Charleville; Douglas-Carrigaline v Fermoy, Moneygourney; Dungarvan v Fethard, Dungarvan, Killorglin v Ennis, Killorglin.
Saturday, November 25, Gleeson League A, Ennis v UL Bohemian, Newport v St Mary’s, Old Crescent v St Senan’s, Scariff v Newcastle West/Abbeyfeale, Shannon v Richmond.

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