With a plethora of Junior Club Finals and Women’s AIL Cup finals our coverage of the AIL 1B hasn’t been what we would have hoped.

it’s been a couple of rounds since we had a good look at this competition and it’s been Ulster club, Ballynahinch, and Leinster outfits, Naas and St Mary’s College, that have been leading the way with two win’s apiece. Naas doing particularly well to bang out two big wins on the road.

The results can be viewed by clicking below.

AIL1B WEEK 16 RESULTS
AIL1B WEEK 16 RESULTS (23 MARCH)
BALLYNAHINCH 34 27 OLD BELVEDERE
BANBRIDGE 21 42 NAAS
MALONE 16 7 CITY OF ARMAGH
OLD WESLEY 29 13 BUCCANEERS
ST MARY’S COLLEGE 74 15 BALLYMENA
AIL1B WEEK 17 RESULTS
AIL1B WEEK 17 RESULTS (6 APRIL)
BALLYMENA 24 47 NAAS
BUCCANEERS 20 24 BANBRIDGE
CITY OF ARMAGH 19 27 BALLYNAHINCH
OLD BELVEDERE 30 24 OLD WESLEY
ST MARY’S COLLEGE 38 36 MALONE

This has left the league, going into the final week, as follows.

AIL1B Current Standings after Week 17
Team P W D L F A Diff TB LB Pt
Ballynahinch 17 11 1 5 358 308 50 4 2 52
Old Wesley 17 10 1 6 376 280 96 4 3 49
Naas 17 9 1 7 362 300 62 6 4 48
Malone 17 9 0 8 325 274 51 3 6 45
St Mary’s College 17 9 0 8 423 383 40 6 3 45
Old Belvedere 17 8 1 8 339 325 14 6 4 44
Banbridge 17 8 0 9 330 330 0 5 5 42
City of Armagh 17 8 2 7 315 316 -1 4 2 42
Buccaneers 17 6 0 11 355 408 -53 6 6 36
Ballymena 17 4 0 13 278 537 -259 2 3 21
Totals 170 82 6 82 3461 3461 0 46 38 424
View our Previous Prediction!
We like our stats here on The Front Row Union and after Week 15 we predicted the following finish.

AIL 1B PREDICTED FINISH
Team % Current Form %Home Form %Away Form Predicted Pts
Ballynahinch 72% 73% 40% 52
Old Wesley 60% 46% 68% 51
City of Armagh 68% 73% 37% 51
Malone 44% 69% 38% 47
Naas 44% 60% 40% 45
Old Belvedere 64% 73% 23% 45
Banbridge 44% 57% 43% 44
Buccaneers 64% 53% 40% 43
St Mary’s College 40% 80% 18% 42
Ballymena 32% 46% 13% 26

Ballynahinch are in charge of their own destiny with a win ensuring them a top of the table finish. In fact they need three points, so a high scoring draw, picking up a try bonus point, would do. However I’m sure they are only considering a win. 😉

Old Wesley and Naas will be going all out for bonus point wins, against Armagh and Buccaneers respectively, should there be any slip ups at Ballymacarn Park. Armagh have struggled of late but are secure in the league and Buccs are already consigned to a second from bottom finish and play offs.

While Hinch, would be favourites to retain top spot they, perhaps, face the most difficult match as their  opponents St Mary’s, alongside Malone, still have a sniff of a top two finish should Old Wesley and Naas slip up. For St Mary’s it’s a bonus point win or bust so it should be a lively enough game.

This weekend’s fixtures are as follows.

AIL1B Week 18 Fixtures (13 April)
Ballynahinch St Mary’s College
Banbridge Old Belvedere
Malone Ballymena
Naas  Buccaneers
Old Wesley City of Armagh

 

AIL 1B Leading points scorers in association with Samurai Rugby Gear

Old Wesley and Naas will also be fighting it out to see who tops the Leading Points Scorer table with Peter Osborne (Naas) two points ahead of Rory Stines (Old Wesley) as we go into the last round of fixtures.

Leading Points Scorers after Week 17
PLAYER CLUB T C P DG Tot
Peter Osborne Naas 5 31 23 0 156
Rory Stynes Old Wesley 3 32 25 0 154
Tim Small Ballymena 2 24 23 0 127
Steve Crosbie Old Belvedere 3 29 18 0 127
Luke Carty Buccaneers 0 27 20 0 114
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

 

We had to extend the table to include, league leaders, Ballynahinch’s leading points scorer, Richard Reaney, who lags 100 points behind the top two in this category. Hinch have used three kickers throughout the competition but their conversion rate (conversions/tries) is the second lowest in the league at 57.8%.

Hinch, however have won more games than anyone else in the competition, to date, which would point towards their ability to find a way to win being more important than banging over every kickable chance?

AIL 1B Leading try scorers in association with Samurai Rugby Gear

I think we can say that the competition for leading try scorer is a done deal for this season with  Jack Keating (Old Belvedere) five tries clear of the chasing pack with an impressive 13 tries after Week 17.

Leading Try Scorer after Week 17
Player Club Tries
Jack Keating Old Belvedere 13
Ross Adair Ballynahinch 8
Peter Cromie Banbridge 8
Andrew Ellis Naas 8
Fionn Higgins Naas 8
Rhys O’Donnell Ballynahinch 7
Conor Field Banbridge 7
Aaron Cairns Ballynahinch 6
Shane Layden Buccaneers 6
Peter Hastie Naas 6
Paul Harte Old Wesley 6
Hugo Conway St Mary’s College 6

 

Two of the top three sides, Ballynahinch and Naas, have three players each in the top four totals, which gives us the opportunity of a shout out for FRU Favourite Ross Adair (Hinch) who didn’t join the AIL action until week 7. Adair’s eight tries over ten rounds have helped push the Ballymacarn outfit to top of the table.

We’ll have a full breakdown of all the teams individual scorers after the final round.

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