Mary's take all the points to maintain advantage
ALL league competitions were back last weekend - and so began the run-in.
In Metro Junior 1 League Section A, St Mary's hold on the league remained firm after a strong second half saw them see off the challenge of a spirited Bective team. Mary's were only 15-13 ahead at half-time, but ran in three tries after the break to secure maximum points and stay four clear of Belvo. The title would appear to be between the two of them.
It may come down to the return fixture of Belvo/Mary's on February 5 and in the meantime Mary's have a tough tie in Castle Avenue this Sunday against third-place Clontarf, while UCD should be no match for Belvo.
J1 League Section B (Phase 2) Group A is a cracking league and Greystones remain the only unbeaten side. Wesley remain in touch there and again it may be settled when these top two teams meet later in the month.
In Group B, it's nip and tuck between Naas and DLSP at the top. Naas haven't had a game since early December so the next two weeks are crucial for them as they face Suttonians and then DLSP.
In Junior 2 (Section A), Lansdowne J2s' comprehensive win over Mary's last Saturday means they believe they are close to league victory. This was a defining moment. Hard to see Lansdowne letting it slip now.
In Section B, Bective remain unbeaten and after last weekend's valuable win over neighbours Wanderers, Bective shouldn't mess up.
Seemingly unbeatable Wesley will be watching over their shoulders in Leinster J3 Section A as Lansdowne have pulled back the deficit and remain only two behind right now. It'll go to the wire.
Then it's into super sixes!