LIMERICK'S seven Ulster Bank League clubs face crucial AIL fixtures this Saturday as the second third of the season kicks-off.
Division 1A table toppers Young Munster travel to bottom side Terenure College for a crucial Round 7 fixture. Munsters' assumed top spot in the table with a thrilling 34-32 bonus point win away to St Mary's College.
Munsters' enjoy a 14 point lead over Saturday's opponents Terenure and the Greenfield side will be confident of pulling off another win.
The Clifford Park side has been in excellent point scoring form this season, averaging more than 30 points per game to be the top scorers in Division 1A to date.
Meanwhile, Garryowen's need for points is also great this weekend, but for a different reason. The 'Light Blues' currently sit second-from-bottom in the Division 1A table and host St Mary's College at Dooradoyle on Saturday.
Garryowen have managed to win just two of their six AIL fixtures this term.
The tight nature of the table is highlighted by the fact that just four points separate St Mary's in sixth place and Garryowen in ninth. A win for the Dooradoyle side on Saturday would have a major impact on their standing in the table.
The big local derby clash of UL-Bohemian and Shannon on the 4G pitch at UL is the highlight of the Division 1B programme this weekend.
UL-Bohs, sit second in the table, edged out of top spot on points difference by Buccaneers, who inflicted a heavy defeat on the Annacotty side last weekend.
It was UL-Bohs first reverse of the campaign after an impressive start by the Red, Red Robins.
Shannon recorded their first win of the campaign at home to Dolphin on Saturday. While 17 points separate UL-Bohs and Shannon on the league table, don't expect the margin in Saturday's game to be anywhere near as great.
Meanwhile, in Division 2B, eighth-placed Old Crescent will look to get back to winning ways when hosting basement side City of Derry at Rosbrien. Thomond, fresh form their first win of the season at home to Skerries on Saturday, a 12-6 defeat to Skerries, make the long trip to league leaders, unbeaten Armagh.
In Division 2C, bottom side Bruff, with just one win from six games, travel to Kanturk. The Cork side sit two points ahead of Bruff in the league standings with one third of the league complete.