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.
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.
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.
Railway Union vs UCD, 3pm, Park Avenue; Clontarf vs YMCA, 2pm, Mount Temple; TRR vs Corinthian, 3pm, Grange Road
Weston v Trinity, 2pm, Griffeen Valley; Bray v Navan, 1pm, Loreto Bray; Avoca v Suttonians, 1.45pm, Newpark