St Pat’s crowned IHL cham­pi­ons for 2019

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ST PA­TRICK’S are the In­ter­me­di­ate hurl­ing league cham­pi­ons for 2019 after a correction to the league table left the league fi­nal fixed for tonight (Wed­nes­day) in Aughrim against Carnew Em­mets as un­nec­es­sary.

The Se­nior hurlers from St Pat’s could be the Se­nior cham­pi­ons by the time you read this as they were go­ing into bat­tle with Gle­nealy in Aughrim last night (Tuesday) al­though Garry Laf­fan’s side will be no pushovers.

In foot­ball, Avon­dale be­came the sec­ond team in Wick­low (after Ash­ford in Divi­sion 3) to clinch a league pro­mo­tion this sea­son after their vic­tory over Éire Óg Grey­stones by 1-17 to 1-10 pushed them clear of the north Wick­low side who are cur­rently in sec­ond spot in Divi­sion 1A with Dunlavin and New­town one place be­hind.

The league ti­tle is still up for grabs, how­ever, with New­town the only side who can real­is­ti­cally catch the ‘Dales. The Mag­pies take on Kil­macanogue this Fri­day night in a must-win game for both sides with Kil­mac’s Divi­sion 1A fu­ture hang­ing by a thread and re­quir­ing Carnew Em­mets to lose against the afore­men­tioned Avon­dale in Rath­drum.

With An­nacurra al­ready gone it’s be­tween Carnew and Kil­mac to see who drops to Divi­sion 2 for 2020.

Balt­in­glass are within touch­ing dis­tance of claim­ing the Dunne Cup in Divi­sion 1. Sean O’Brien’s men are four points clear of Rath­new after 12 games and pro­vid­ing they don’t slip up in their last two league games (Bless­ing­ton and Rath­new), league hon­ours are theirs.

Rath­new of course will be set­ting out to spoil just such an even­tu­al­ity and the ti­tle race could come down to the game be­tween the old foes on June 15 at 11am in Balt­in­glass – what a clash that would be!

The key clash here is the meet­ing of Bless­ing­ton and Balt­in­glass this Sun­day morn­ing in Bless­ing­ton. A win here for O’Brien’s men will crown them cham­pi­ons.

Divi­sion 2 is all to play for with Coolkenno lead­ing the charge on 15 points after nine games while Val­ley­mount, Kil­coole and DonardThe Glen chas­ing hard be­hind.

It’s very in­ter­est­ing at the other end of Divi­sion 2 with Bal­li­na­cor hav­ing played 10 games with four points in the bag mean­ing a win is vi­tal in their last game against Coolkenno on June 15 but other re­sults will be just as im­por­tant with Stratford-Grange­con on five points and Rath­new, Laragh and Barn­dar­rig on six.

Shil­le­lagh/Cool­boy’s vic­tory over Avoca on Mon­day even­ing leaves them within reach of pro­moted Ash­ford in Divi­sion 3 and should they de­feat Bless­ing­ton this week­end in Shil­le­lagh the Divi­sion 3 crown will be de­cided when they wel­come Ash­ford for bat­tle at ei­ther the Fair­green or Coolafancy. That would be a bat­tle be be­hold.

Huge pos­i­tive steps for two clubs last week­end. Kil­te­gan brought an end to a dis­mal run with a fully de­served vic­tory over AGB, with club leg­end Christy O’Toole don­ning the boots when re­quired.

Acorss the fields in Knock­ananna, Derek Ka­vanagh’s charges put Aughrim to the sword for what could be a very pre­cious vic­tory when it comes to sur­viv­ing in Divi­sion 3.

Rel­e­ga­tion there con­cerns Lacken-Kil­bride and Éire g most im­me­di­ately with both teams on two points, Lacken-Kil­bride after nine games, Éire Óg after eight, but Knock­ananna are far from safe with Éire g hav­ing a game in hand and the Car­low border side sit­ting just above them on three points with Hol­ly­wood fur­ther in the dis­tance on five points.

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