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.

Ballymena  16 20 Buccaneers
City of Armagh 15 32 Banbridge
Malone 15 8 Ballynahinch
Old Belvedere 18 20 Naas
St Mary’s College 15 41 Old Wesley

 

And the results from last weekends fixtures were as follows.

Ballynahinch 19 14 Ballymena
Banbridge 18 16 St Mary’s College
Buccaneers 20 12 Old Belvedere
Naas 23 23  City of Armagh
Old Wesley 17 21 Malone

 

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.

Team P W D L F A Diff TB LB Pt
Malone 11 7 0 4 213 166 47 2 2 32
Banbridge 11 6 0 5 222 179 43 3 3 30
Naas 11 5 1 5 228 199 29 4 3 29
Old Wesley 11 6 1 4 220 206 14 2 1 29
Ballynahinch 11 6 1 4 206 197 9 2 1 29
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
Buccaneers 11 4 0 7 236 257 -21 3 4 23
Old Belvedere 11 4 1 6 179 233 -54 2 2 22
Ballymena 11 4 0 7 183 249 -66 2 2 20

 

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
Player Club T C P DG Tot
Peter Osborne Naas 3 18 17 0 102
Rory Stynes Old Wesley 1 19 19 0 100
Tim Small Ballymena 1 15 18 0 89
Luke Carty Buccaneers 0 21 15 0 87
Steve Crosbie Old Belvedere 1 15 13 0 74
Adam Doherty Banbridge 0 17 13 0 73

 

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
Player Club Tries
Jack Keating Old Belvedere 7
Rhys O’Donnell Ballynahinch 6
Peter Cromie Banbridge 6
Andrew Ellis Naas 6

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