Our first full season of covering AIL1B hasn’t quite come to an end as there are a series of play off matches still to come but the regular season ended at the weekend.

It’s been a roller coaster season for most of the teams involved in this league and going into the final weekend there were still six clubs in the running for a top four finish making it an exciting finale with Twitter and Facebook feeds being checked throughout Ireland.

The results from the final weekend are as follows;

Ballynahinch 41 15 St Mary’s College
Banbridge 34 14 Old Belvedere
Malone 32 0 Ballymena
Naas 33 19 Buccaneers
Old wesley 31 10 City of Armagh

 

This left the final table as follows;

Team P W D L F A Diff TB LB Pt
Ballynahinch 18 12 1 5 399 323 76 5 2 57
Old Wesley 18 11 1 6 407 290 117 5 3 54
Naas 18 10 1 7 395 319 76 7 4 53
Malone 18 10 0 8 357 274 83 4 6 50
Banbridge 18 9 0 9 364 344 20 6 5 47
St Mary’s College 18 9 0 9 438 424 14 6 3 45
Old Belvedere 18 8 1 9 353 359 -6 6 4 44
City of Armagh 18 8 2 8 325 347 -22 4 2 42
Buccaneers 18 6 0 12 374 441 -67 6 6 36
Ballymena 18 4 0 14 278 569 -291 2 3 21
Totals 180 87 6 87 3690 3690 0 51 38 449

 

This leaves Ballynahinch RFC promoted as AIL1B Champions and they will be playing in AIL 1A  next season. They will replace Shannon who are relegated from AIL 1A.

Old Wesley RFC, Naas RFC and Malone RFC go into promotion play offs alongside the second bottom side in AIL 1A  UCC RFC.  The fixtures for the Playoff semi finals are as follows;

AIL 1B Promotion Playoffs
Old Wesley v Naas Donnybrook Stadium
UCC v Malone The Mardyke, Cork

Both matches kick off at 2:30pm on Saturday 27th April. 

At the other end of the table Ballymena RFC are relegated and will be playing in AIL 2A next season with Highfield RFC replacing them. Buccaneers go into the AIL 2A promotion play offs where they will be fighting for their spot in AIL 1B against Cashel, Navan and Queen’s University, fixtures below;

AIL 2A Promotion Playoffs
Buccaneers v Queens University Dubarry Park
Cashel v Navan Spafield

Both matches kick off at 2:30 pm on Saturday 20th April.

OK, so that’s the remaining fixtures covered so let’s have a look at who did what in the AIL 1B.

The overall stats for the season are. 

3690 POINTS SCORED
199 DIFFERENT SCORERS
467 TRIES SCORED
305 CONVERSIONS
20 PENALTY TRIES AND CONVERSIONS
234 PENALTIES
1 DROP GOAL

Our stand out individual performances are shown below.

AIL 1B Leading Points Scorer in association with Samurai Rugby Gear.

Peter Osborne racked up an incredible 169 points throughout the season, his points coming from 6 tries, 35 conversions and 23 penalties.

His biggest haul was in Week 16 where he bagged 22 points in Naas’ away win at Banbridge.

Leading Points Scorers - All Clubs
AIL 1B Leading Points Scorers
PLAYER CLUB T C P DG Tot
Peter Osborne Naas 6 35 23 0 169
Rory Stynes Old Wesley 3 33 26 0 159
Steve Crosbie Old Belvedere 3 30 18 0 129
Tim Small Ballymena 2 24 23 0 127
Luke Carty Buccaneers 0 28 20 0 116
Conor Dean St Mary’s College 2 18 12 0 82
Cormac Fox City of Armagh 0 14 17 0 79
Adam Doherty Banbridge 0 18 14 0 78
Rory Campbell Malone 4 11 11 0 75
Jack Keating Old Belvedere 13 0 0 0 65
Richard Reaney Ballynahinch 3 6 9 0 54

AIL 1B Leading Try Scorer in association with Samurai Rugby Gear.

Jack Keating bagged 13 tries throughout the season his 65 points haul also seeing him place in the leading points scorer table above.

It was steady work throughout the season for Keating with his only hattrick coming in Week 1 in Belvo’s big win at home against Banbridge.

Leading Try Scorers - All Clubs
AIL 1B Leading Try Scorers
PLAYER CLUB TRIES
Jack Keating Old Belvedere 13
Ross Adair Ballynahinch 10
Conor Field Banbridge 9
Rhys O’Donnell Ballynahinch 8
Peter Cromie Banbridge 8
Andrew Ellis Naas 8
Fionn Higgins Naas 8
Peter Hastie Naas 7
Aaron Cairns Ballynahinch 6
Shane Layden Buccaneers 6
Peter Osborne Naas 6
Paul Harte Old Wesley 6
Hugo Conway St Mary’s College 6

We have a couple of new categories where the players efforts are worthy of note.

AIL 1B Highest Conversion Success in association with Samurai Rugby Gear.

We’ve been tracking the clubs individual conversion successes throughout the season and Ballymena had the highest conversion success of all teams.

Tim Small, as Ballymena’s only scoring kicker, deservedly picks up the honour with only four conversions missed all season in AIL 1B

AIL 1B The Front Row Union Player of the Season.

Out of the 16 matches we covered this season there were quite a few impressive individual performances. However, Ross Adair’s displays for Ballynahinch brought something else to the team.

Not only did he have fine games as an individual but he was a player that his teammates could play off, quite simply, when Adair got the ball you expected something to happen, and it invariably did.

His return to club rugby in Ulster was fundamental to Ballynahinch’s six match winning streak that took them to the title, Adair bagging seven tries in the final six rounds.

Having celebrated the individuals it’s also worthwhile to celebrate the clubs.

AIL 1B Most Points Scored – St Mary’s College RFC

Congratulations to St Mary’s College on scoring the most points throughout the season with a total of 438 or just over 23 points per match.

Their haul came from 24 different scorers who scored 57 tries with 42 converted. they also notched up  22 penalties and are the only club in the league to score a drop goal, Sean Kearns claiming this singular honour in Round 2.

AIL1B Top Three Clubs – Points scored
POINTS SCORED BY CLUB No. of Scorers T C P DG Tot
St Mary’s College 24 57 42 22 1 438
Old Wesley 22 50 39 28 0 412
Ballynahinch 22 51 30 28 0 399

 

AIL 1B Most Players Scoring – Malone RFC

Malone just pip St Mary’s College in this one with the Belfast side’s scores coming from 25 different players.  Don’t honestly know if it’s good or bad to have so many different scorers does it point to good strength in depth or an unsettled side?

However as it has been won by an Ulster side wearing our sponsors kit we’ll say it points to good strength in depth for a team who lost quite a few of their players to Ulster Rugby throughout the season.  😀 😀 😀

AIL1B Top Three Clubs – Most Players Scoring
INDIVIDUAL SCORERS BY CLUB No. of Scorers
Malone 25
St Mary’s College 24
Buccaneers 23

 

AIL 1B Most Tries Scored – St Mary’s College

As well as scoring the most points St Mary’s College also score the most tries, their 57 try total six more than League Champions Ballynahinch.

They are the only team to have an average of more than three tries per game coming in just under 3.2, Hinch clock in at just over 2.8 and third placed Old Wesley just under 2.8 tries per game.

AIL 1B Top Three Clubs – Tries Scored
TRIES SCORED BY CLUB Tries
St Mary’s College 57
Ballynahinch 51
Old Wesley 50

 

Well done on making it this far, and a serious well done to all the players in all the teams in the AIL 1B, it  was an entertaining first season for us in this league. Hopefully we’ve added something useful to the coverage.

To finish off we’ve published all the scoring stats we have below, just click on the team to see all their scorers.

Ballymena
Player Club T C P DG Tot
Tim Small Ballymena 2 24 23 0 127
Connor Smyth Ballymena 5 0 0 0 25
Penalty Try Ballymena 3 3 0 0 21
Michael Stronge Ballymena 4 0 0 0 20
Matthew Dick Ballymena 3 0 0 0 15
Darrell Montgomery Ballymena 2 0 0 0 10
David Whann Ballymena 2 0 0 0 10
Jordan Foster Ballymena 2 0 0 0 10
Connor White 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
Marcus Rea Ballymena 1 0 0 0 5
Matthew Norris Ballymena 1 0 0 0 5
Paddy James Ballymena 1 0 0 0 5
Sam Millar Ballymena 1 0 0 0 5
Ballymena 16 31 27 23 0 278
Ballynahinch
Player Club T C P DG Tot
Richard Reaney Ballynahinch 3 6 9 0 54
Johnny McPhillips Ballynahinch 1 13 7 0 52
Ross Adair Ballynahinch 10 0 0 0 50
Rhys O’Donnell Ballynahinch 8 0 0 0 40
Aaron Cairns Ballynahinch 6 0 0 0 30
Hilton Gibbons Ballynahinch 0 8 4 0 28
Peter Nelson Ballynahinch 0 3 7 0 27
Zack McCall Ballynahinch 4 0 0 0 20
James Simpson Ballynahinch 3 0 0 0 15
Bradley Luney Ballynahinch 2 0 0 0 10
Campbell Classon Ballynahinch 2 0 0 0 10
George Pringle Ballynahinch 2 0 0 0 10
Rory Butler Ballynahinch 2 0 0 0 10
Callum McLaughlin Ballynahinch 1 0 0 0 5
Conor Piper Ballynahinch 1 0 0 0 5
David Busby Ballynahinch 1 0 0 0 5
Jerry Cronin Ballynahinch 1 0 0 0 5
Keith Dickson Ballynahinch 1 0 0 0 5
Paddy Wright Ballynahinch 1 0 0 0 5
Robin Harte Ballynahinch 1 0 0 0 5
Tom O’Toole Ballynahinch 1 0 0 0 5
Connor Phillips Ballynahinch 0 0 1 0 3
Ballynahinch 22 51 30 28 0 399
Banbridge
Player Club T C P DG Tot
Adam Doherty Banbridge 0 18 14 0 78
Conor Field Banbridge 9 0 0 0 45
Peter Cromie Banbridge 8 0 0 0 40
Ian Porter Banbridge 0 12 2 0 30
Penalty Try Banbridge 3 3 0 0 21
Caleb Montgomery Banbridge 4 0 0 0 20
Stevie Irvine Banbridge 4 0 0 0 20
Andrew Morrison Banbridge 3 0 0 0 15
Rob Lyttle Banbridge 2 1 1 0 15
Adam Ervine Banbridge 2 0 0 0 10
Ben Carson Banbridge 2 0 0 0 10
John Porter Banbridge 2 0 0 0 10
Michael Cromie Banbridge 2 0 0 0 10
Aaron Kennedy Banbridge 1 0 0 0 5
Hugo Harbinson Banbridge 1 0 0 0 5
Jonny Stewart Banbridge 1 0 0 0 5
Josh Crombie Banbridge 1 0 0 0 5
Michael Lowry Banbridge 1 0 0 0 5
Niall Armstrong Banbridge 1 0 0 0 5
Schalk vd Merwe Banbridge 1 0 0 0 5
Stuart Cromie Banbridge 1 0 0 0 5
Banbridge 21 49 34 17 0 364
Buccaneers
Player Club T C P DG Tot
Luke Carty Buccaneers 0 28 20 0 116
Shane Layden Buccaneers 6 0 0 0 30
Michael Hanley Buccaneers 1 5 4 0 27
Darragh Corbett Buccaneers 5 0 0 0 25
Colm Reilly Buccaneers 4 1 0 0 22
Rory O’Connor Buccaneers 4 0 0 0 20
Simon Meagher Buccaneers 4 0 0 0 20
Callum Boland Buccaneers 3 1 0 0 17
Eoghan Masterson Buccaneers 3 0 0 0 15
Eoin Griffin Buccaneers 2 0 0 0 10
Evan Galvin Buccaneers 2 0 0 0 10
Penalty Try Buccaneers 1 1 0 0 7
Aidan Wynne Buccaneers 1 0 0 0 5
Conan O’Donnell Buccaneers 1 0 0 0 5
Corey Reid Buccaneers 1 0 0 0 5
Dean McMahon Buccaneers 1 0 0 0 5
Graham Lynch Buccaneers 1 0 0 0 5
Harry O’Reilly Buccaneers 1 0 0 0 5
Joe Maksymiw Buccaneers 1 0 0 0 5
Kieran Joyce Buccaneers 1 0 0 0 5
Mark Balaski Buccaneers 1 0 0 0 5
Rory Moloney Buccaneers 1 0 0 0 5
Thomas McGann Buccaneers 1 0 0 0 5
Buccaneers 23 46 36 24 0 374
City of Armagh
Player Club T C P DG Tot
Cormac Fox City of Armagh 0 14 17 0 79
Ryan Purvis City of Armagh 3 2 5 0 34
Penalty Try City of Armagh 4 4 0 0 28
Neil Faloon City of Armagh 5 0 0 0 25
Chris Cousens City of Armagh 1 5 3 0 24
Andrew Smyth City of Armagh 4 0 0 0 20
Shea O’Brien City of Armagh 4 0 0 0 20
Tim McNiece City of Armagh 4 0 0 0 20
Andrew Willis City of Armagh 3 0 0 0 15
Robbie Whitten City of Armagh 3 0 0 0 15
Nigel Simpson City of Armagh 2 0 0 0 10
Chris Colvin City of Armagh 1 0 0 0 5
Evin Crummie City of Armagh 1 0 0 0 5
Gerard Treanor City of Armagh 1 0 0 0 5
Jonny Morton City of Armagh 1 0 0 0 5
Josh McKinley City of Armagh 1 0 0 0 5
Peter Lamb City of Armagh 1 0 0 0 5
Peter Starrett City of Armagh 1 0 0 0 5
City of Armagh 18 40 25 25 0 325
Malone
Player Club T C P DG Tot
Rory Campbell Malone 4 11 11 0 75
Mark O’Connor Malone 1 4 6 0 31
Callum Smith Malone 1 5 5 0 30
Andy Bryans Malone 4 0 0 0 20
Peter Cooper Malone 4 0 0 0 20
Adam McBurney Malone 3 0 0 0 15
Ben McCaughey Malone 3 0 0 0 15
Josh Pentland Malone 3 0 0 0 15
Nathan Brown Malone 3 0 0 0 15
Penalty Try Malone 2 2 0 0 14
Jack Milligan Malone 0 3 2 0 12
David Irvine Malone 2 0 0 0 10
David McMaster Malone 2 0 0 0 10
Jack Owens Malone 2 0 0 0 10
Michael Shields Malone 2 0 0 0 10
Ryan Clarke Malone 2 0 0 0 10
Dan Kerr Malone 1 0 0 0 5
Dave Cave Malone 1 0 0 0 5
Graham Curtis Malone 1 0 0 0 5
Matthew Agnew Malone 1 0 0 0 5
Matthew Dalton Malone 1 0 0 0 5
Matthew Hadden Malone 1 0 0 0 5
Ricky Greenwood Malone 1 0 0 0 5
Ross Kane Malone 1 0 0 0 5
Stuart Moore Malone 1 0 0 0 5
Malone 25 47 25 24 0 357
Naas
Player Club T C P DG Tot
Peter Osborne Naas 6 35 23 0 169
Peter Hastie Naas 7 0 2 0 41
Andrew Ellis Naas 8 0 0 0 40
Fionn Higgins Naas 8 0 0 0 40
Andy Ellis Naas 3 0 0 0 15
Conor Doyle Naas 3 0 0 0 15
Cathal Duff Naas 2 0 0 0 10
Johne Murphy Naas 2 0 0 0 10
Max Whittingham Naas 2 0 0 0 10
Adam Coyle Naas 1 0 0 0 5
Fionn Carr Naas 1 0 0 0 5
Paul Monaghan Naas 1 0 0 0 5
Paulie Tolofua Naas 1 0 0 0 5
Pierce Dargan Naas 1 0 0 0 5
Richard Fahy Naas 1 0 0 0 5
Ruadhan McDonnell Naas 1 0 0 0 5
Will O’Brien Naas 1 0 0 0 5
Naas 17 49 35 25 0 390
Old Belvedere
Player Club T C P DG Tot
Steve Crosbie Old Belvedere 3 30 18 0 129
Jack Keating Old Belvedere 13 0 0 0 65
Peter O’Beirne Old Belvedere 4 0 0 0 20
Tom Molony Old Belvedere 3 0 0 0 15
Penalty Try Old Belvedere 2 2 0 0 14
Ed Rossiter Old Belvedere 2 0 0 0 10
Eoin O’Neill Old Belvedere 2 0 0 0 10
Ethan Baxter Old Belvedere 2 0 0 0 10
Fergus Flood Old Belvedere 2 0 0 0 10
Jamie McAleese Old Belvedere 2 0 0 0 10
Karl Miller Old Belvedere 2 0 0 0 10
Martin Maloney Old Belvedere 2 0 0 0 10
Roman Solanoa Old Belvedere 2 0 0 0 10
Adam Howard Old Belvedere 1 0 0 0 5
Ben Carty Old Belvedere 1 0 0 0 5
Connor Owende Old Belvedere 1 0 0 0 5
David Butler Old Belvedere 1 0 0 0 5
Eoin Sweeney Old Belvedere 1 0 0 0 5
Joe White Old Belvedere 1 0 0 0 5
Old Belvedere 19 47 32 18 0 353
Old Wesley
Player Club T C P DG Tot
Rory Stynes Old Wesley 3 33 26 0 159
Paul Harte Old Wesley 6 0 0 0 30
Tom Kiersey Old Wesley 4 1 1 0 25
Cronan Gleeson Old Wesley 4 0 0 0 20
JJ O’Dea Old Wesley 4 0 0 0 20
Josh Miller Old Wesley 1 4 1 0 16
Conor Barry Old Wesley 3 0 0 0 15
James O’Donovan Old Wesley 3 0 0 0 15
Paul Derham Old Wesley 3 0 0 0 15
Tommy O’Callaghan Old Wesley 3 0 0 0 15
Ben Burns Old Wesley 2 0 0 0 10
David Poff Old Wesley 2 0 0 0 10
Lachlan Andrson Old Wesley 2 0 0 0 10
Mark Rowley Old Wesley 2 0 0 0 10
Penalty Try Old Wesley 1 1 0 0 7
Andrew McCrann Old Wesley 1 0 0 0 5
Charlie O’Regan Old Wesley 1 0 0 0 5
Conor Maguire Old Wesley 1 0 0 0 5
Darren Horan Old Wesley 1 0 0 0 5
Eoin Walsh Old Wesley 1 0 0 0 5
James Burton Old Wesley 1 0 0 0 5
Josh Pim Old Wesley 1 0 0 0 5
Old Wesley 22 50 39 28 0 412
St Mary's College
Player Club T C P DG Tot
Conor Dean St Mary’s College 2 18 12 0 82
Paddy O’Driscoll St Mary’s College 2 7 7 0 45
Ruairi Shields St Mary’s College 3 8 0 0 31
Hugo Conway St Mary’s College 6 0 0 0 30
Penalty Try St Mary’s College 4 4 0 0 28
Cormac Foley St Mary’s College 5 0 0 0 25
Sean Kearns St Mary’s College 1 4 3 1 25
Craig Kenedy St Mary’s College 4 0 0 0 20
Marcus O’Driscoll St Mary’s College 4 0 0 0 20
Mark Fogarty St Mary’s College 4 0 0 0 20
Miles Carey St Mary’s College 4 0 0 0 20
Dave Fanagan St Mary’s College 2 1 0 0 12
David Aspil St Mary’s College 2 0 0 0 10
Liam Curran St Mary’s College 2 0 0 0 10
Richard Halpin St Mary’s College 2 0 0 0 10
Ronan Watters St Mary’s College 2 0 0 0 10
Daniel Lyons St Mary’s College 1 0 0 0 5
Liam Corcoran St Mary’s College 1 0 0 0 5
Mark Faloon St Mary’s College 1 0 0 0 5
Michael McCormack St Mary’s College 1 0 0 0 5
Nick McCarthy St Mary’s College 1 0 0 0 5
Padraig Dundon St Mary’s College 1 0 0 0 5
Tim McMahon St Mary’s College 1 0 0 0 5
Tom O’Reilly St Mary’s College 1 0 0 0 5
St Mary’s College 24 57 42 22 1 438

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