Five defeats in their last six games left seasonal pace-setters City of Derry in a vulnerable position going into the last match. They won against MU Barnhall, but not by enough as Highfield threw everything they had at their visitors to secure a bonus point and take the title on points scoring difference.
St Mary’s College (Div 1B), Naas (Div 2A) and Old Crescent (Div 2C) were also confirmed as champions at the weekend. But the achievement of the day must surely go to the ‘Field, who have now gone from 2C to 2A in successive seasons under head coach Tim Ryan.
Clontarf v UCD *Young Munster/Cork Con v Cork Con/Young Munster
Promoted: St Mary’s College. *Promotion play-offs: Galwegians/Terenure v Buccaneers/Old Wesley. Relegated: Belfast Harlequins.
Promoted: Naas. *Promotion play-offs: Dolphin/Blackrock/UL Bohemians v Cashel Banbridge v UCC. Relegated: Thomond.
Promoted: Highfield. Promotion play-offs: Skerries v Greystones, City of Derry v Sunday’s Well. Relegated: Seapoint.
Promoted: Old Crescent. Promotion play-offs: Rainey OB v Wanderers Tullamore v Bruff. Relegated: Dundalk.
Bangor, Clonmel, Enniscorthy, Westport.
Winners promoted, the second team plays Sligo (second last in Division 2C).
Weekend round robin: Bangor 24 Westport 7, Clonmel v Enniscorthy postponed. *Depends on next week’s final series of matches in Divisions 1A and 1B.