This topsy turvy league has continued on it’s topsy turvy way after the December break. The teams have been back in action for two rounds since we last wrapped up their performances at the end of Round 9.
The results from Round 10, which was played on Saturday 19th January are shown below.
|City of Armagh||15||32||Banbridge|
|St Mary’s College||15||41||Old Wesley|
And the results from last weekends fixtures were as follows.
|Banbridge||18||16||St Mary’s College|
|Naas||23||23||City of Armagh|
Banbridge, Buccaneers and Malone have hit the New Year running with two wins each, Banbridge showing the best return on match points with a try bonus point on top.
However, Ballymena, St Mary’s College and Old Belvedere must have partied too hard over the break as they have yet to record a win in 2019. Ballymena have picked up two losing bonus points and the other two teams have picked up one each.
AIL 1B Current Standings
All this leaves the current standings, after Round 11 as follows.
|City of Armagh||11||5||2||4||186||181||5||1||2||27|
|St Mary’s College||11||5||0||6||245||251||-6||4||2||26|
The big winners since our last review are Banbridge who have moved up five spots in 2019. Malone and Nass have moved up 2 spots each. Also of note is Buccaneers who have leapfrogged Ballymena and Old Belvedere at the bottom of the table.
St Mary’s have stumbled the farthest, dropping six places, and Armagh have dropped four over the last two games. However, as we’ve said a few times before, this league is so tight that only six points separate the top seven sides. Everything is still to play for.
AIl 1B Leading Points Scorers
There hasn’t been a lot of change with the main points scorers. Naas’ Peter Osborne has leapfrogged Rory Stynes and Banbridge’s Adam Doherty has moved back into the top six, replacing Connor Dean.
AIL 1B Leading Points Scorers
|Rory Stynes||Old Wesley||1||19||19||0||100|
|Steve Crosbie||Old Belvedere||1||15||13||0||74|
AIl 1B Top Try Scorers
We’ve dropped of the tail of the leading try scorers as a group have moved clear of the chasing pack. Despite Old Belvedere’s losing start to the New Year Jack Keating has continued to find the try line to take top spot in the Try Table.
Ballynahinch’s Rhys O’Donnell and Nass’ Andrew Ellis move level with Banbridge’s Peter Cromie after scoring a try each over the last two rounds.
Leading Try Scorers
|Jack Keating||Old Belvedere||7|