Lunch on Easter Saturday in the Corinthian clubhouse is fully booked (with a long waiting list ) in anticipation of history being made by the club in their penultimate match of the All Ireland League. Top of the table Corinthians meet second placed Queen’s University Belfast (K/O 2.30pm ). A win for Corinthians secures the Division 3 title and promotion to Division 2. To lose merely puts Corinthians back into the melting pot.
With 13 matches played Corinthians have won 11, lost two, enjoy a points difference of 109 and sit at the top of the table with 49 points, just four points ahead of Old Wesley and (here’s the problem ) Queen’s University who are on 45 points. Queen’s’ points difference is even greater than Corinthians.
Corinthians play Naas two weeks later and Queen’s play Middleton. Wesley play Barnhall on this Saturday and their final game is against Sunday’s Well. Incidentally, one of the two games lost by Corinthians was to Old Wesley. Permutations mean that the final outcome of the division is quite uncertain so anything can happen.
The 2008/09 season has brought a new beginning, a new energy and a fresh approach to Corinthians with Bernie Kelly and Dave Madden guiding the rugby affairs of the club and Leon Jordan and Rick Evans handling the affairs on the pitch under the effective captaincy of Pat Cunningham.
The reintroduction of the Glynn Cup in a novel multi team format with Galwegians, the winning of the Connacht Junior League and a Junior Cup final appearance, the Under 20s reaching the playoff stages of the All Ireland League and the over subscription yet again of the Tag Rugby SummerTournament underlines the progress of the club this season.