The club leagues have never been in better shape at this time of the year as we creep closer to the club championship season. Some divisions have only a small number of rounds left before they are completed and in Division 2 its possible that a final could be played shortly as the two teams on top cannot be overtaken. Credit for this must go to the Clubs for permitting the League season to start earlier this years due to an opportunistic break in the Intercounty Allianz National League and also to the Leitrim CCC for spotting the opportunity and keeping a tight reign on proceedings plus ensuring everything has run smoothly. It must also be said that the weather has less of an impact on postponements this year than in recent years.
As we head into the championship does the league form indicate whats to come in the championship ? Time will tell but its not always a real indicator as certain teams peak at championship when the appear only average during the league.
In Division 1 some teams have as little as 3 games to play while others have 4 or more. Kiltubrid top the table but Glencar/Manor and St Marys follow closely. At the other end Aughawillan and Gortletteragh could face relegation.
Division 2 could possible have their final shortly as indicated at last nights county board meeting. Carrigallen and Dromahair are clear table toppers on equal points and are in the final. St Marys and Annaduff may be in trouble at the other end as there are only 1 full round of games to be played in the final round 9 and 3 games in round 8.
Division 3 is also in a very healthy state as 11 games remain out of 45 and Ballinaglera and Fenagh St Caillins lead the way. Annaduff are in trouble at the bottom end and any one of 3 teams could fill the 2nd relegation place.
Division 4 has a total of 66 games (11 rounds) and 47 are completed to date. As it enters the final stages Leitrim Gaels are clear table toppers with Kiltubrid and Dromahair in 2nd and 3rd. St Marys and Glencar/Manor are in the danger zone at the other end of the table.
If you want games then Division 5 is the place to be as these teams have 13 rounds to complete throughout the season. This competition is currently two thirds completed with 32 games left out of a total of 91. Carrigallen lead the way with Aughnasheelin in close pursuit.
The overall figures show that out of the 313 league games 93 remain which is 30% and is very good going for the middle of June. It goes to show that an early start to the season complemented by few postponements means that there is less of a chance of playing end of league crucial games in the winter months !
16-Jun-09 by Brendan Doyle – PRO