Heidenfeld – all to play for still.

After last year’s disaster for Rathmines with both teams relegated from the Armstrong all eyes are on us to see if we can get at least one team promoted back to where we belong in the premier division. So far both teams are doing well but the division is very tight with most of the teams still in contention for honours.

 

 

 

Pts

SOS

1

Elm Mount

21

58.5

2

Rathmines A

19

61.5

3

Kilkenny

18.5

56.5

4

Rathmines B

18

70.5

5

Lucan

17.5

51.5

6

Malahide

17.5

66

7

Drogheda

16.5

69

8

Inchicore

16

68

9

Phibsboro

14

60.5

10

St Benildus

13

68

11

Bray / Greystones

11

69

12

Naomh Barróg

10

69

 

Elm Mount not only lead the table with a two points cushion but have a healthy Sum of Opponents’ Scores. In addition, they are strong on paper and generally field a strong and experienced team. We must conclude that Elm Mount currently stand as favourites to take honours.

 

Rathmines A are well positioned and should be able to rely on a strong team to always get results. However, points haven’t been coming easily and the SOS is on the low side. With 3/4 David Goggins is shoeing the way to his teammates. With what on paper should be a few relatively easy games coming up, if the A team can turn out in strength and rack up some points they should be well positioned to tackle their main opponents in the latter stages of the campaign.

 

Kilkenny are standing well and their scores have belied their paper strength. Nonetheless, the SOS shows that they will be meeting stronger opponents in the future and surely we can expect at least one of the Rathmines teams to beat them to a promotion spot.

 

We can be very pleased with the performance of Rathmines B. Of particular note is the 3/4 score of both Scott Mulligan on board 1 and Paul Higgins. The team stands well in the points table and with the highest SOS score have clearly been putting in big performances against strong opposition – let’s hope the momentum continues.

 

Of the other teams we can’t write off Lucan, Malahide, Drogheda or Inchicore but it’s hard to see them making a top two spot unless the top teams wilt.

 

My prediction is that Elm Mount and Rathmines A won’t slip up and will take the top two spots but don’t rule out Rathmines B just yet!

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3 Responses to Heidenfeld – all to play for still.

  1. leon fagan says:

    yes elm mount are probably slight favourites but there is still a long way to go and they can be beaten just look at rathmines b result against them.if rathmines a can beat elm mount rathmines b may also get promoted but we will see.cannot wait for our trip to rathmines to face li henry and co.

  2. GM John Burns says:

    leon, are you in the club on the 19th? I can drop down and give you that (long overdue) return of the Slav book

  3. leon fagan says:

    John should be down for the xmas blitz on 19th.see you then kindest regards leon

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