1B Limerick derby tops opening weekend of AIL fixtures

Colm Kinsella

Reporter:

Colm Kinsella

The Limerick Charity Cup kicks off this Saturday with the meeting of UL-Bohemian and Young Munster at Annacotty, 2.30pm
LIMERICK’S sole remaining representative in Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League, Young Munster, will begin the new season away to holders Clontarf, while Garryowen’s first fixture out of the top flight is an AIL derby clash with Shannon in 1B.

LIMERICK’S sole remaining representative in Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League, Young Munster, will begin the new season away to holders Clontarf, while Garryowen’s first fixture out of the top flight is an AIL derby clash with Shannon in 1B.

It has also been confirmed that the play-offs will return to Division 1A of the AIL next season, with the semi-finals scheduled to take place on Saturday April 25, and the final taking place two weeks later on Saturday, May 9.

Young Munster open their campaign the top flight against Clontarf at Castle Avenue on Saturday, September 13. The Greenfields side will host UCD in their first home fixture a week later.

The top flight begins with a four-week run of games.

Garryowen’s first ever game outside of the AIL’s top flight, following their relegation from 1A, will be a home tie against Shannon, who were relegated from 1A at the end of the 2012-2013 season, under the Dooradoyle floodlights on Friday, September 12 at 7.30pm.

Elsewhere on the opening weekend of fixtures in 1B, UL-Bohemian will host Belfast Harlequins at Thomond Park on Saturday, September 13.

Thomond, promoted at the end of last season, begin their campaign in Division 2A with a home tie against Queen’s University at Fitzgerald Park on Saturday, September 20.

In the opening 2B fixtures, Richmond host Midleton, Old Crescent are at home to Armagh, while Bruff host Highfield on the same weekend.