Plenty of movement in new men’s league structure

The men’s Leinster leagues tip off on Saturday with divisions two to eight all getting underway with a quite a bit of movement between the different tiers.

A lot of this is down to Fingal’s decision to move down to division two while withdrawing their second team who might ordinarily have taken part in division three.

Gareth Borland's Clontarf are one of the division two favourites Pic: Stephen Findlater

Gareth Borland’s Clontarf are one of the division two favourites Pic: Stephen Findlater

They ALSAA men were a straight swap for Avoca in div two while Corinthian II and Railway Union II moved up in place of Weston and Dublin University.

Four sides were promoted to division three – top two Railway Union III and TRR III joined by Rathgar II and Clontarf II. They replace the relegated Naas and Dublin Uni while two extra spaces were created by Fingal’s withdrawal while Weston II had to move down due to their firsts dropping into this division.

In division four, only Avoca II, Navan, Pembroke III and YMCA III remain of last year’s crew. Bray, as div 5 champs, move up along with Corinthian III and Skerries, replacing Suttonians II who have withdrawn and relegated Glenanne III.

Division five has three promoted sides – Kilkenny II, TRR IV and Rathgar III – along with six of last year’s sides – in situ.

Three sides were also promoted from division seven last year will now play in division six as Wicklow, Avoca III and Clontarf III were rewarded for their campaigns.

Fingal II replace their third team while Mullingar II are the one side to be relegated from this division, moving down to division seven which increases in size to nine teams for the upcoming season.

In a new look division, Enniscorthy, Railway Union V, Corinthian II and St Brendans II joining four sides who played in their tier last time out.

Division eight consists of nine teams, too, with Clontarf IV set to play a full part this campaign while Three Rock V move down from division seven being the one newcomer.

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