Limerick’s seven AIL clubs face crucial fixtures

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Four Limerick sides recorded wins on a hectic Saturday of Ulster Bank League action
GARRYOWEN will put their unbeaten start to the new Ulster Bank League season on the line when the ‘light blues’ host Munster rivals Cork Constitution at Dooradoyle on Saturday, 2.30pm.

GARRYOWEN will put their unbeaten start to the new Ulster Bank League season on the line when the ‘light blues’ host Munster rivals Cork Constitution at Dooradoyle on Saturday, 2.30pm.

Elsewhere, in Division 1A, Young Munster, still seeking their first win of the campaign travel to Belfield Bowl to take on UCD.

The third of four successive weekends of AIL fixtures will see winless Shannon travel to Templeville Road to take on St Mary’s College in 1B, while UL-Bohemian, fresh from their excellent away win over Belfast Harlequins on Saturday, host Cork rivals Dolphin at Thomond Park’s back pitch.

In Division 2A, winless Thomond host high-flying Banbridge at Liam Fitzgerald Park, while in 2C, Old Crescent will be looking for their third successive win as they travel to Kanturk, while in-form Bruff face a trip to Navan.

On the back of an opening day win over Ballynahinch and an exciting draw with Young Munster at Clifford Park on Friday, promoted Garryowen have risen up to third place in the 1A table. Next Saturday’s opponents Cork Con are yet to win a game in the league this season.

Garryowen head coach Conan Doyle, who has lined out for the ‘light blues’ in their opening two fixtures, said: “We have another big game next weekend with the visit of Cork Con. We had a good first day out against Ballynahinch. I don’t think we kicked on from that against Munsters’. We talked about having to up it again and we know we will have to up it for the game with Con’. They will be a tough side to beat.

“We may have some of the Munster contracted guys available to us for Saturday’s game. They were on a week off last week. It will probably be similar for Con. I thought it was an excellent performance from everyone involved in the Munsters’ game and it shows we have a good strong squad.”

Young Munster are hoping to have their new South African scrum half Abrie Griesel available for their trip to UCD. Twenty three-year-old Griesel played with South Africa at the 2012 Junior World Rugby Championships and joins Munsters’ from the Griquas.