All the Leinster Leagues are now in the final stages with generally one or two rounds to go. Now is a good time to take a look at how our teams stand.
In the Armstrong our objective is to consolidate our position this year in the top flight. We’re not there yet with one round to go, but avoiding the drop is within our control in the final round against Blanchardstown where we need 1.5 points to be safe.
Our Heidenfeld team sits comfortably in fourth in the table with two rounds to go. With a couple of good results we might overtake Elm Mount, who lie one point ahead of us, and thereby secure third place. However, achieving second would require us to bridge a six point gap to Curragh – not very likely!
Good news in the Ennis where our A team lies top. However, our guys could still be overtaken by Gonzaga for the top spot but still have a cushion 2.5 points over third placed Dun Laoghaire going into the last round. So, in that round our A team will be in contention for top spot and defending their promotion spot.
At the other end of the table, our B team is in the relegation battle and their most recent result where they secured 2.5 pts against Longford leaves them next to bottom in a last round scrap with Dublin and Curragh to avoid the drop.
Our Bodley team lies in second but with a number of teams chasing, all with two matches in hand, holding on to the high spot looks unlikely.
Neither of our O’Sullivan teams managed to get to the promotion places. Our A team did well getting to third place while our B team will finish mid-table – quite an achievement for a team with many newcomers to league chess.
In the individual performance tables two of our Ennis players, Panos and Sanjay have already passed the 8.5 board prize mark.