Limerick clubs kick-off AIL season on September 17

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

Limerick clubs kick-off AIL season on September 17

THE Ulster Bank League competition will kick off on Saturday, September 17 for Limerick's seven All-Ireland League clubs.

Last season's beaten Division 1A semi-finalists Young Munster, will kick-off their top flight campaign under new head coach Gearoid Prendergast at home to Old Belvedere.

Munsters' travel to Cork Con for their second fixture seven days later.

Also in Division 1A, Garryowen, who narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season, kick-off their programme at home to Lansdowne on September 17.

The Dooradoyle side travel to Old Belvedere for their second fixture a week later.

The first all-Limerick tie in 1A takes place on Friday, November 25, 7.30pm,  when Munsters’ host Garryowen at Clifford Park, with the return game at Dooradoyle taking place on Friday, February 3, 2017.

In Division 1B, Shannon side kick-off at home to Ballymena on September, before travelling to Buccaneers on the following weekend.

In the same division, UL-Bohemian open their campaign against Munster rivals Dolphin at Musgrave Park before hosting Ballynahinch.

The first Limerick derby for the season in 1B between UL-Bohs and Shannon takes place at Thomond Park on Saturday, November 12, 2.30pm.

In 2B, promoted Old Crescent begin their AIL campaign at home to Greystones, while Thomond travel to Wanderers. In 2C, Bruff face a trip to Boyne.