Preview: AIL – Men’s Division 1B

Going into round seven of the Energia All-Ireland Division 1B league, Highfield are the team to beat as they are the only unbeaten side in the division.

Hot on their tails are Old Wesley, who are four points behind the table toppers.

Banbridge vs Highfield, Saturday 27th November, Referee: Padraic Reidy

Bottom side Banbridge have endured a miserable campaign thus far, as they remain winless with just three points.

In a huge contrast of fortunes Highfield are flying high after six wins from six and 26 points, suggesting a routine win should be on the cards.

City of Armagh vs Malone, Saturday 27th November, Referee: Mark Patton

Fourth placed City of Armagh have enjoyed a promising start to the season, winning four of their opening six games, leaving them on 18 points.


Malone are yet to get into gear this season and are in eighth place on 10 points.

Old Belvedere vs Old Wesley, Saturday 27th November, Referee: Stuart Douglas

Seventh place Old Belvedere are on 11 points after meandering to two wins from their opening six games.

Old Wesley is hot on the tails of league leaders Highfield, having lost just once in this year’s campaign.

Shannon vs Naas, Saturday 27th November, Referee: Daniel Carson

Sleeping giant Shannon have had a mixed bag start to the season, having won two, drawn one and lost three of their opening six games.

Naas are one place below in sixth, with both sides hoping today’s game could turn their seasons around.

St Mary’s College vs Navan, Saturday 27th November, Referee: Peter Martin

Third place St Mary’s College are on 20 points, six points off top spot, knowing that every game they must win if they are to compete with the likes of Highfield and Old Wesley at the top of the table.

Navan are in ninth on 10 points, hoping they get further clear of the bottom with a win today. 

I am a Sports Journalism & PR graduate from Staffordshire University. During my time at Final Whistle, I have covered the LOI National League, international games and the Women’s National League. Outside of Final Whistle, I am a researcher for World Rugby and a writer for The Rugby Paper.

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