Reds and Rovers vye for top spot

With Ireland’s men beginning their World Cup Qualifiers on Saturday, Leinster division one will have a shortened programme for the next two series of matches as Glenanne and Pembroke enjoy a mid-season month off.

It means the hughlight on Saturday is likely to be at Grange Road where Three Rock will face a Corinthian-side featuring the return of Lucas Piccioli. Charlie Henderson, though, is a player not likely to face his old club as he has taken semi-retirement with Stephen West stepping into the number one jersey for Three Rock.
Rovers will be hoping for Peter Blakeney to return after a rare leg injury kept him out of the trip to YMCA while Kyle Good – who underwent a scan on his back earlier in the week – and Ali Haughton are doubts.
In the corresponding fixture last time out, Rovers crept come amid a deluge which almost threatened an abandonment but, provided such an eventuality is avoided on Saturday, whoever wins will go top. Traditionally cagey affairs, expect a tight battle as Rovers’ grind comes up against the flash and dash of the reds forward line.

The other pair of division one fixtures concern sides in the bottom half with UCD desperate for points at Park Avenue. Their tie with Railway Union already represents the midway point in their season with just one point accrued to date. As such, the late concession against Clontarf ups the ante and they will hope to find a route past former goalkeeper Stephen O’Keefe – a recent Intervarsity guest – to escape the bottom rung of the standings. Gavin O’Halloran is their biggest injury concern.

Clontarf, meanwhile, are in a similar predicament and will need to up their game to right a 5-0 defeat at the hands of YMCA in the Neville Cup in September. The Y are at full strength bar Todd Gill and could re-connect with the top five with three points.

Division Two returns after a three-week lay-off with top two Avoca and Suttonians meeting at Newpark. The latter will be bouyed by their midweek 5-3 friendly win over northside neighbours Clontarf with Richie Wormold in fine form while Simon Walsh fired a double. The winnner is guaranteed top spot.

Third and fourth clash in the form of Weston and Trinity in a repeat of the last series of fixtures when Alan Browne’s side nicked the points and their IHT win in Armagh will have a galvanising effect.

Bray and the Navan Badgers, fifth and sixth in the division, face off in the garden county looking to escape the bottom rung of the ladder.

Division 1
Railway Union vs UCD, 3pm, Park Avenue; Clontarf vs YMCA, 2pm, Mount Temple; TRR vs Corinthian, 3pm, Grange Road

Division 2
Weston v Trinity, 2pm, Griffeen Valley; Bray v Navan, 1pm, Loreto Bray; Avoca v Suttonians, 1.45pm, Newpark

Men's Leinster Senior Div 1

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January 19, 2019 12:00 am Newpark
Avoca Railway Union

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January 19, 2019 12:00 am Whitechurch Park
Corinthian Clontarf

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January 19, 2019 12:00 am Kilkenny College
Kilkenny Dublin North

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January 19, 2019 12:00 am High School
Rathgar Dublin University

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January 19, 2019 12:00 am Belfield
UCD Portrane

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January 12, 2019 12:00 am Newpark
Avoca Clontarf

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January 12, 2019 12:00 am Whitechurch Park
Corinthian Dublin University

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January 12, 2019 12:00 am Kilkenny College
Kilkenny UCD

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January 12, 2019 12:00 am Park Avenue
Railway Union Portrane

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January 12, 2019 12:00 am High School
Rathgar Dublin North

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February 2, 2019 12:00 am Mount Temple
Clontarf Rathgar

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February 2, 2019 12:00 am NSC Abbotstown
Dublin North UCD

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February 2, 2019 12:00 am Santry Avenue
Dublin University Kilkenny

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February 2, 2019 12:00 am Donabate LC
Portrane Avoca

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February 2, 2019 12:00 am Park Avenue
Railway Union Corinthian

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February 9, 2019 12:00 am Whitechurch Park
Corinthian Avoca

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February 9, 2019 12:00 am NSC Abbotstown
Dublin North Portrane

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February 9, 2019 12:00 am Kilkenny College
Kilkenny Clontarf

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February 9, 2019 12:00 am High School
Rathgar Railway Union

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February 9, 2019 12:00 am Belfield
UCD Dublin University

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Men's Leinster Senior Div 2

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March 24, 2018 12:00 am Templecarrig
Bray Corinthian II

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March 24, 2018 12:00 am Mount Temple
Clontarf II YMCA II

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March 24, 2018 12:00 am Merrion Fleet Arena
Monkstown II Pembroke II

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March 24, 2018 12:00 am Donabate Portrane
Portrane Glenanne II

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March 24, 2018 12:00 am Park Avenue
Railway Union II TRR II

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March 10, 2018 12:00 am Templecarrig
Bray Glenanne II

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March 10, 2018 12:00 am Whitechurch Park
Corinthian II Railway Union II

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March 10, 2018 12:00 am Serpentine Avenue
Pembroke II Clontarf II

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March 10, 2018 12:00 am Grange Road
TRR II Monkstown II

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March 10, 2018 12:00 am Wesley College
YMCA II Portrane

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