Limerick's AIL clubs with much to play for

Limerick's AIL clubs with much to play for

FOUR of Limerick’s seven Ulster Bank League clubs still have everything to play for as the season reaches the business end.

In Division 1A, Young Munster have qualified for the semi-finals with one regular season fixture to come. However, David Corkery’s side will be hoping to secure a home semi-final in the play-offs.

Second-placed Munsters’ sit one point ahead of third placed Cork Con in the table. A bonus point win at home to Lansdowne in their final fixture on Saturday, April 16 would guarantee a home semi-final for the Greenfields side.

The Division 1 semi-finals in the Ulster Bank League take place on Saturday, April 23, with the final due to go ahead on Sunday, May 8.

Garryowen’s hopes of making the semi-finals ended with their defeat to Munsters’ at Dooradoyle on Friday night.

In Division 1B, both UL-Bohemian and Shannon will hope to avoid finishing in the relegation play-off position in the table.

UL-Bohemian’s bid for safety in Division 1B of the Ulster Bank League will come down to the final series of games despite the Annacotty side’s 34-0 bonus point victory over relegated Belfast Harlequins at Annacotty on Saturday.

Eighth-placed UL-Bohs moved out of the drop zone, but only by virtue of their superior points difference over Blackrock College, as a result of this facile home win.

Gearoid Prendergast’s UL-Bohs side and Blackrock are level on 32 points, with Dolphin and Shannon on 34. The side finishing second-from-bottom in 1B will be involved in a relegation play-off to decide their fate. Bottom side Belfast Harlequins have already been relegated from 1B.

UL-Bohs are away to Old Wesley at Donnybrook on the last day of the regular season, April 16.

Sixth-placed Shannon have not secured their 1B status for next season after suffering a 21-19 defeat to Blackrock College at Stradbrook. Shannon host Buccaneers in their final 1B fixture on April 16.

Meanwhile, Thomond have been relegated to Division 2B for next season after finishing bottom of 2A.

Old Crescent will join Thomond in 2B next season after winning automatic promotion for Division 2C as champions.

Bruff can also join them in Division 2B for next season via the promotion play-off route. Bruff, who finished 3rd in 2C, will travel to second-placed Tullamore for a semi-final play-off fixture on April 16. Should Bruff emerge victorious, the Kilballyowen Park side will face either Rainey Old Boys or Wanderers in the play-off final with the winner of that game being promoted to Division 2B for next season.