WITH just two Limerick sides recording wins in last weekend’s series of fixtures, local All-Ireland League clubs will be looking for an upturn in fortunes this Saturday.
Three local clubs, Shannon in Division 1B, Thomond in 2B and Bruff in 2C, currently prop up their respective divisions after five series of games.
In Division 1A, Young Munster – one of the two Limerick clubs to record wins last weekend – travel to Templeville Road to face St Mary’s College.
Munsters’ are second in the table on 17 points, edged out of top spot by Dublin University on scoring difference.
Gearoid Prendergast’s side enjoy a four-point lead on Saturday’s opponents St Mary’s College.
With just four points separating the top six sides in Division 1A, the top flight is proving to be especially competitive this season.
Like Munsters, St Mary’s have won three of their five opening AIL fixtures this season.
Ninth-placed Garryowen will be anxious to bounce back from their weekend defeat to Dublin University when facing another college side, UCD, at Belfield Bowl.
Garryowen, who have lost their last two AIL fixtures, are now just two points behind bottom side Terenure College in the 1A table.
Garryowen were boosted last weekend by being able to call upon the services of fit-again Munster centre Sam Arnold who has recovered from a knee injury. Arnold could well feature for the ‘Light Blues’ again on Saturday.
In Division 1B, high-flying UL-Bohs – five wins from five to date – face a difficult assignment away to Buccaneers in a high stakes top of the table clash at Dubarry Park.
UL-Bohs have won four of their opening five fixtures with bonus points.
The Annacotty side enjoy a five-point lead on second-placed Buccs ahead of Saturday’s clash.
Also in 1B, winless Shannon will be anxious to record their first victory when hosting fellow strugglers Dolphin on the back pitch at Thomond Park.
Bottom side Shannon sit one point behind Dolphin in the table.
Meanwhile, in 2B, sixth-placed Old Crescent travel to leaders Armagh, while bottom-placed Thomond host Skerries at Fitzgerald Park.
Old Crescent sit 13 points behind pacesetters Aramagh in the table. Meanwhile, Thomond have drawn one and lost four of their opening five fixtures.
In Division 2C, basement side Bruff host Tullamore.
Bruff, who have won just one, are two points behind ninth-placed Kanturk.