With most of the leagues facing into their last three games, it is make-or-break time for the Rathmines teams.
Armstrong Cup League Table:
In the division one, Armstrong Cup, we have two teams. The reigning champions, Rathmines A, are in a solid third place. We badly miss, both emotionally and chess-wise, the presence of Philip Hogarty. Our first game back against Dublin University was a suitably subdued occasion, which also happened to be our first loss of the season. We bounced backed impressively in the very next match with a resounding 8-0 whitewash of Dun Laoghaire. To overhaul Phibsboro A we’d have to do extremely well in our last three games, particularly in the crunch tie against Kilkenny.
The Rathmines B team have made their situation reasonably secure recently. The points deducted by the league for fielding Abul Kalam on second board (and breaking the 150-point rule) have been returned. This decision was most welcome. Now, their crunch game is against Phibsboro B on Tuesday, 5th February. Phibsboro B are in the relegation zone, on 23 points, while our B team are on 26 points. Clearly, a win would almost certainly mean we were safe from relegation, while a loss would be a huge threat.
Heidenfeld Trophy League Table:
In the Heidenfeld, Rathmines are sitting snuggly in mid-table, on 30 points.
Ennis Shield League Table:
In the Ennis, we sit rock bottom and 4 points from safety. The main glimmer of light here is that, first, we narrowly lost to the Tallaght team in our last outing (not counted yet in the official statistics) and we face the two teams we are most likely to overhaul – Bray/Greystones and Dublin. To have any chance of survival, we’d have to win both those matches comfortably. While not impossible, this looks difficult.
O’Hanlon Cup League Table:
In the O’Hanlon the situation is terminal. Rathmines sit rooted to the bottom of the table on 7.5 points from 6 matches.