The All Ireland League 1B returns this week after an early season break. During the break Naas and Old Wesley caught up with their re-arranged Week 4 fixture so we now have complete stats for the first five weekends of the competition.

Current Standings.

DIVISION 1B
Team Pl W D L F A Diff TB LB Pts
Naas 5 4 0 1 138 73 65 4 1 21
Malone 5 4 0 1 111 73 38 1 0 17
Banbridge 5 3 0 2 118 81 37 2 1 15
City of Armagh 5 2 1 2 85 68 17 1 1 12
Ballynahinch 5 2 1 2 118 115 3 2 0 12
Old Belvedere 5 2 1 2 105 132 -27 2 0 12
St Mary’s College 5 2 0 3 120 125 -5 2 1 11
Old Wesley 5 2 1 2 83 106 -23 0 0 10
Buccaneers 5 1 0 4 108 140 -32 2 1 7
Ballymena 5 1 0 4 64 137 -73 1 0 5

 

Naas won their game, away to Old Wesley 23 – 31, picking up a try bonus in the process. This puts them back at the top of the table after five rounds and sets up a top of the table clash this weekend as the Co Kildare side travel to Gibson Park to take on second placed Malone. The fixtures for week six are:

14:30 Ballynahinch   v   Banbridge Ballymacarn Park
14:30 City of Armagh   v   Old Belvedere Palace Grounds
14:30 Malone   v   Naas Gibson Park
14:30 Old Wesley   v   Ballymena Donnybrook
14:30 St Mary’s College   v   Buccaneers Templeville Road

 

Ballynahinch (5) v Banbridge (3)

Ballynahinch welcome near neighbours Banbridge to Ballymacarn Park in what should be one of the ties of the round. As well as the local rivalry, both sides lost in the last round and neither will be wanting to lose further ground to the top two.

Banbridge will be particularly unhappy with their reversal to Old Wesley at Rifle Park and, with a few of their panel involved with Ulster this weekend, only David McCann has been released.

Ballynahinch lost to Naas at Forenaughts in their last match but they welcome back Zack and Kyle McCall who will form two thirds of a formidable front row which might just tip the game in their favour.

The stats below give all indications of a close game with both teams equal on 118 points scored. Hinch have scored 17 tries to Bann’s 15 though Bann have a 20% better conversion success which could be enough to see them through. However, The Front Row Union are going to go with the front row changes and we’re tipping Hinch to take this one.

Ballynahinch Scorer Stats
Ballynahinch Scorers after Week 5
Player Team Try Con Pen DG Total
Hilton Gibbons Ballynahinch 0 8 4 0 28
Richard Reaney Ballynahinch 3 1 1 0 20
James Simpson Ballynahinch 3 0 0 0 15
Rhys O’Donnell Ballynahinch 3 0 0 0 15
Aaron Cairns Ballynahinch 2 0 0 0 10
Bradley Luney Ballynahinch 1 0 0 0 5
Callum McLaughlin Ballynahinch 1 0 0 0 5
Campbell Classon Ballynahinch 1 0 0 0 5
Conor Piper Ballynahinch 1 0 0 0 5
Rory Butler Ballynahinch 1 0 0 0 5
Zack McCall Ballynahinch 1 0 0 0 5
Total 11 17 9 5 0 118
Banbridge Scorer Stats
Banbridge Scorers after Week 5
Player Team Try Con Pen DG Total
Adam Doherty Banbridge 0 10 7 0 41
Peter Cromie Banbridge 5 0 0 0 25
Adam Ervine Banbridge 2 0 0 0 10
Conor Field Banbridge 2 0 0 0 10
Penalty Try Banbridge 1 1 0 0 7
Aaron Kennedy Banbridge 1 0 0 0 5
Caleb Montgomery Banbridge 1 0 0 0 5
Niall Armstrong Banbridge 1 0 0 0 5
Schalk vd Merwe Banbridge 1 0 0 0 5
Stevie Irvine Banbridge 1 0 0 0 5
Total 10 15 11 7 0 118

City of Armagh (4) v Old Belvedere (6)

Consistency is key for these two sides who have taken some big scalps already this season but, as yet, haven’t managed to put together a run. Both won last time out so this is a chance for recording consecutive wins for the first time this season – for one of them!

Armagh are one of the lowest scoring sides with 11 tries. Their conversion rate is at 54% so there is no doubt they have left points on the pitch, but they do have the best defensive stats in the league, conceding only 68 points so far.

Belovo have crossed 14 times with Jack Keating leading the way with 5. They also have a reasonable conversion rate, with 71% success, but their defence has been comparatively poor and they have been shipping twice as many points per game than Armagh.

Crucially, Belvo haven’t done well outside the boundaries of D4 so we’re tipping Armach to pick up that all important consecutive win. 

City of Armagh Scorer Stats
City of Armagh Scorers after Week 5
Player Team Try Con Pen DG Total
Cormac Fox City of Armagh 0 6 6 0 30
Andrew Smyth City of Armagh 3 0 0 0 15
Ryan Purvis City of Armagh 2 0 0 0 10
Andrew Willis City of Armagh 1 0 0 0 5
Gerard Treanor City of Armagh 1 0 0 0 5
Josh McKinley City of Armagh 1 0 0 0 5
Nigel Simpson City of Armagh 1 0 0 0 5
Peter Lamb City of Armagh 1 0 0 0 5
Robby Whitten City of Armagh 1 0 0 0 5
Total 9 11 6 6 0 85
Old Belvedere Scorer Stats
Old Belvedere Scorers after Week 5
Player Team Try Con Pen DG Total
Steve Crosbie Old Belvedere 1 10 5 0 40
Jack Keating Old Belvedere 5 0 0 0 25
Jamie McAleese Old Belvedere 2 0 0 0 10
Peter O’Beirne Old Belvedere 2 0 0 0 10
Eddie Rossiter Old Belvedere 1 0 0 0 5
Karl Miller Old Belvedere 1 0 0 0 5
Martin Maloney Old Belvedere 1 0 0 0 5
Roman Solanoa Old Belvedere 1 0 0 0 5
Total 8 14 10 5 0 105

Malone (2) v Nass (1)

This should be the tie of the round as second place Malone welcome table toppers Naas to Gibson Park and it’ll be the match we cover this weekend. Both teams go into this game on the back of consecutive wins, having suffered their only losses in round three.

They have both been reasonably frugal in defence with both conceding only 73 points each this season. However Nass are out in front on points scored, the main difference being their conversion rate which sits at 83% compared to Malone’s 60%.

Malone should have Graham Curtis and Peter Cooper available after their recent run out against Uruguay and they may be joined by Ross Kane and Joe Dunleavy but the home side will need to find a better conversion rate if they are going to take this one as we expect a high scoring game with the kicks making the difference. 

Malone Scorer Stats
Malone Scorers after Week 5
Player Team Try Con Pen DG Total
Rory Campbell Malone 0 5 2 0 16
Callum Smith Malone 1 1 2 0 13
Jack Milligan Malone 0 3 2 0 12
Ben McCaughey Malone 2 0 0 0 10
David Irvine Malone 2 0 0 0 10
David McMaster Malone 2 0 0 0 10
Josh Pentland Malone 2 0 0 0 10
Adam McBurney Malone 1 0 0 0 5
Dan Kerr Malone 1 0 0 0 5
Matthew Agnew Malone 1 0 0 0 5
Matthew Hadden Malone 1 0 0 0 5
Michael Shields Malone 1 0 0 0 5
Ryan Clarke Malone 1 0 0 0 5
Total 13 15 9 6 0 111
Nass Scorer Stats
Naas Scorers after Week 5
Player Team Try Con Pen DG Total
Peter Osborne Naas 2 15 6 0 58
Andrew Ellis Naas 4 0 0 0 20
Fionn Higgins Naas 4 0 0 0 20
Johne Murphy Naas 2 0 0 0 10
Cathal Duff Naas 1 0 0 0 5
Max Whittingham Naas 1 0 0 0 5
Paul Monaghan Naas 1 0 0 0 5
Peter Hastie Naas 1 0 0 0 5
Paulie Tolofua Naas 1 0 0 0 5
Pierce Dargan Naas 1 0 0 0 5
Total 10 18 15 6 0 138

Old Wesley (8) v Ballymena (10)

We don’t expect a high scoring game in a match which features the two lowest scoring teams in the league, but you never know. Certainly, both sides will be looking at this as an opportunity to pick up a win.

Ballymena have struggled to get over the try line with over 50% of their points coming from the boot of Tim Small who is also one of their six try scorers.

Old Wesley have been slightly more successful, crossing the line nine times, with Paul Harte accounting for a third of their haul, and their main kicker Rory Stines has a good conversion rate with 6 conversions from seven attempts to add to seven penalties.

However, points conceded has been a problem for both sides and with Ballymena finding themselves on the wrong side of points scored and points conceded, everything indicates a home win. 

Old Wesley Scorer Stats
 Old Wesley Scorers after Week 5
Player Team Try Con Pen DG Total
Rory Stines Old Wesley 0 6 7 0 33
Paul Harte Old Wesley 3 0 0 0 15
Tom Kiersey Old Wesley 2 1 1 0 15
Tommy O’Callaghan Old Wesley 1 0 0 0 5
Cronan Gleeson Old Wesley 1 0 0 0 5
James Burton Old Wesley 1 0 0 0 5
Lachlan Anderson Old Wesley 1 0 0 0 5
Total 7 9 7 8 0 83
Ballymena Scorer Stats
Ballymena Scorers after Week 5
Player Team Try Con Pen DG Total
Tim Small Ballymena 1 5 8 0 39
Connor Smyth Ballymena 1 0 0 0 5
David Whann Ballymena 1 0 0 0 5
Glenn Baillie Ballymena 1 0 0 0 5
JJ McKee Ballymena 1 0 0 0 5
John Andrew Ballymena 1 0 0 0 5
Total 6 6 5 8 0 64

St Mary’s College (7) v Buccaneers (9)

St Mary’s go into this game as the second highest scorers in the league but they have been unable to find the results that their try tally (15) and conversion rate (80%) warrants. They find themselves in the bottom three by virtue of being the only side not to pick up a bonus point of any description this season.

Bucc’s aren’t that far behind, with 12 tries and an impressive 100% conversion rate from Luke Carty and in Darragh Corbett they have a player who knows his way to the try line.

However, St Mary’s have won both their home matches and Buccaneers have yet to win on the road and we expect this one to go with the home team.

St Mary's College Scorer Stats
St Mary’s College Scorers after Week 5
Player Team Try Con Pen DG Total
Conor Dean St Mary’s College 1 6 3 0 26
Sean Kearns St Mary’s College 1 4 3 1 25
Cormac Foley St Mary’s College 2 0 0 0 10
Mark Fogarty St Mary’s College 2 0 0 0 10
Penalty Try St Mary’s College 1 1 0 0 7
Dave Fanagan St Mary’s College 1 0 0 0 5
David Aspil St Mary’s College 1 0 0 0 5
Liam Corcoran St Mary’s College 1 0 0 0 5
Marcus O’Driscoll St Mary’s College 1 0 0 0 5
Miles Carey St Mary’s College 1 0 0 0 5
Richard Halpin St Mary’s College 1 0 0 0 5
Ronan Winters St Mary’s College 1 0 0 0 5
Tim McMahon St Mary’s College 1 0 0 0 5
Ruairi Shields St Mary’s College 0 1 0 0 2
Total 14 15 12 6 1 120
Buccaneers Scorer Stats
Buccaneer Scorers after Week 5
Player Team Try Con Pen Con Total
Luke Carty Buccaneers 0 11 6 0 40
Darragh Corbett Buccaneers 4 0 0 0 20
Colm Reilly Buccaneers 2 0 0 0 10
Rory O’Connor Buccaneers 2 0 0 0 10
Michael Hanley Buccaneers 0 1 2 0 8
Evan Galvin Buccaneers 1 0 0 0 5
Kieran Joyce Buccaneers 1 0 0 0 5
Simon Meagher Buccaneers 1 0 0 0 5
Thomas McGann Buccaneers 1 0 0 0 5
Total 9 12 12 8 0 108

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