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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Belvo bid to snatch glory from Mary's

I TOLD you last week the J1 league could go all the way to the wire... And so it appears to be!

Super win in what sounded like a cracking game in perfect conditions for rugby last Monday night. Lansdowne conceded home advantage to play under lights in Old Belvedere and Belvo managed a bonus point win. So the top of the league looks a bit like the top of the AIL -- two Dublin teams level on 42 points each.

And so to this weekend -- the penultimate round of matches, which includes St Mary's v Lansdowne and Old Belvedere v Clontarf. This league, for my money, will be settled by who does or doesn't get the bonus points. There's a big assumption that both will win their remaining two matches! Or maybe not. There's a great finish in store though.

In Section B Group A, I had the pleasure to present the pennant to Greystones in Dr Hickey Park last Sunday. Congratulations to captain Peter Barry and his team on a fine league win to add to their Senior Seconds League Shield.



PITY

In Group B, DLSP have one hand on their League section following their comprehensive win over Wanderers last Sunday. They have one match remaining on March 4 away to Suttonians to clinch the title.

The Junior 2 A League was presented to Lansdowne at the weekend in what ultimately became a two-horse race between themselves and Mary's. It's a pity this once great league has fallen to the level it is now.

In Section B, UCD did all they could but with more games won Bective were deemed winners of this Section so well done to them.

Lansdowne were busy last weekend collecting trophies as their J3s were also presented with their League trophy.

At Under-21 level there is a grand finale finish this weekend with any one of three clubs in contention for the title. At the moment it's Lansdowne (45pts), UCD (43pts) and Old Belvedere (42pts). Lansdowne play Belvo, knowing a win would secure the title for them.

A Belvo win does not necessarily win them the league as they would need to deprive Lansdowne of the bonus point and also hope that St Mary's can beat Collidge, which is not likely.

A UCD win and a Lansdowne loss would hand the title to the Students. You'd nearly need a degree from Collidge to work it all out!

Let the battles commence -- and good luck to all.

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