LIMERICK’S seven Ulster Bank League clubs will be battling for precious points when the first phase of the competition is completed on Saturday.
In Division 1A, promoted Garryowen put their unbeaten start to the season on the line when the ‘light blues’ travel to Lakelands to take on Terenure College, 2.30pm.
Third-placed Garryowen scored a dramatic bonus point victory over Munster rivals Cork Constitution at Dooradoyle on Saturday, thanks to an injury time try from full-back Alex Wootton.
Garryowen’s new Zealand-born captain Josh Hrstich was one member of a strong ‘light blues’ back-row which also featured Munster duo Shane Buckley and Jordan Coghlan.
Wellington native Hrstich said: “We are a tight knit group and a tight club. We are delighted to be back up in Division 1A this season. We are here to win. The club has been very good to me and my partner. We have had an awesome time here. I am really enjoying my time here.”
Hrstich previous played with well-known rugby nursery Petone before moving to Limerick.
“I played with Petone. Andy Leslie (former All-Black captain and Garryowen coach) was from my club. That is the connection with here.
“He played with my grandfather and coached my father. Andy watched me come up through the grades. I wasn’t getting much of a crack at Wellington. He had an e-mail from Garryowen looking for a loose forward. I was lucky enough to be asked and I haven’t looked back since. The culture here is very different but I love it.”-
Also in 1A, Young Munster will be desperate to record their first win of the campaign when entertaining high-flying Clontarf at Tom Clifford Park.
In Division 1B, Shannon will also be seeking their first win when hosting Ballymena in Coonagh, In the same division, UL-Bohemian face Dublin University at College Park.
Meanwhile, in 2A, Thomond will look to build on their thrilling home win over Banbridge when travelling to Corinthians. In Division 2C, high-flying Old Crescent host Boyne at Rosbrien, while Bruff entertain Kanturk at Kilballyowen Park. All games 2.30pm.