Richmond aim to build on good start

With the crucial World Cup quarter-final taking place in Cardiff at lunch time on Sunday, there will be a curtailed fixture list in the Munster junior league this weekend. The games that are taking place are spread across the weekend; just four games are taking place in Division One, two in Division Two and three in Division Three.

On Saturday afternoon, Richmond will be aiming to maintain their strong start in the Junior League. They have a home tie against Skibbereen who have had a tough start to the season. Skibb have had tough opening games, playing last season’s champions, Clonmel, last time out. Richmond, with key players like Mike Kelleher and Jeff McNamara are certainly a force to be reckoned with at this level.

Like Richmond, Kilfeacle have made a very strong start to their campaign with nine points from their opening two matches. While both games were close, the wins will be breeding confidence in the side. Shane Looby is a key figure while Paddy Bourke has also been to the fore for Kilfeacle. They can’t afford complacency at home to a pointless Galbally. Galbally have played both Clonmel and Richmond but will have had a boost in confidence from their cup win over Waterpark. This game is a tough follow up, but with a vocal crowd behind them Kilfeacle should secure a win.

There is a big Cork derby between two other sides seeking their first victory in the League as Clonakilty host Muskerry.

Both sides have come close and will both be eager not to suffer another defeat, it should be a tense affair at Shannon Vale.

Clonmel host the only Division One match on Sunday, with Waterpark having the unenviable task of attempting to get something from the champions. Clonmel look as formidable as ever and knowing what two of their main rivals did the evening before; they will be all out to claim another impressive win. Dylan Cadogan and Alex Sheehan are among the players to catch the eye for Clonmel and they again look like the team to beat.

In Division Two, Abbeyfeale have made a great start this season and have played some scintillating rugby. They host a Thurles team expecting to be in contention for a promotion place but will need their pack to have a big display if they are to come away with anything.

Home advantage should see Castleisland getting their first win of the campaign as they take on an Ennis side who currently lie at the foot of the table.

In Division Three, Youghal and Scariff commence their League campaigns as they face each in East Cork on Saturday, while Carrick-on-Suir host Corca Dhuibhne.

Despite it being early in the season, the winner of this game will receive a big boost to their promotion hopes.

Killarney, boosted by their cup win last week at Carrick-on-Suir, should prove too strong for Bantry Bay on Sunday with home advantage.

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