Westport look to stay in charge at the top

Rugby: Junior League Preview

Junior 1A

Ballina v Corinthians

Sunday, November 8

In Heffernan Park at 2.30pm

Ballina will hope to get back on the winning wagon on Sunday, when the bottom placed side in the division Corinthians come to north Mayo. The men from Heffernan Park have won two and lost just one game they've played so far this season in the league with that defeat coming last weekend when they lost out by the narrowest of margins to Ballinasloe in Graigueawoneen. Mickey Murphy kicked three penalties and had Ballina leading 9-3 in the second half, but a late try by Sean Horan which was converted saw Ballina lose their grip of the lead. On Sunday, they'll be hoping for better fortune.

Junior 1A

Westport v Balinasloe

Sunday, November 8

In Carrowholly at 2.30pm

The Bulls moved to the top of the Junior 1A standings last week thanks to their third win in four games (and third in a row ). They had one point to spare over Galwegians on the road last time out with out-half Sean Tobin the hero on the day, touching down for a try and kicking two penalties an 11-10 win over the Galway outfit. This weekend there's more Galway opposition lined up for them with fourth placed Ballinasloe who have a 2 and 2 record coming to Carrowholly. Another win on Sunday would really lay down a marker of intent from the Bulls.

Junior 1B

Castlebar v NUIG

Sunday, November 8

In Cloondeash at 2.30pm

Castlebar hit bonus territory last weekend when they had five points to spare over Ballyhaunis in the Mayo derby which was played at Doctors Road. Castlebar touched down four times in the game with Matthew Staunton (2 ), Nigel Byrne and Stephen Rogan all crossing the whitewash to seal their third win from four games and leave them in third place in the table two points behind leaders Tuam. Fourth placed NUIG come calling this Sunday and the students will be no pushovers, having won one of their three games so far. Castlebar really have to pick up the points on Sunday to keep their promotion push alive.

Junior 1B

Ballyhaunis v Tuam

Saturday, November 7

In Doctors Road at 7pm

The east Mayo men will smarting after coming close to beating local rivals Castlebar last weekend but coming up just five points short. It's not been a great start to the season for them having lost three of their opening four games and on Saturday night they face another tough test when table toppers Tuam who have a 100 per cent record from their four games so far come calling. Despite having won all four games to date, Tuam haven't picked up a bonus point so a tight low scoring encounter should be in store and Ballyhaunis could grind out a win if things go right for them.

Junior 1C

Galwegians v Ballinrobe

Sunday, November 8

In Crowley Park at 2.30pm

Ballyhaunis made it four wins from four last weekend with a devestating 29-0 win over Buccaneers in Dubarry Park to cement their place at the top of 1C. Trevor Watson's men crossed over for five tries with Conor Varley getting a hat-trick and Rob Holian and Sean Mullins also got in for five pointers. On Sunday, they'll look to extend their lead at the top of the table when a winless Galwegians side who are rooted to the bottom of the table host them. Getting out of this division has been Ballinrobe's main aim this year and they are going about it the right way.

Junior 1C

Claremorris v Buccaneers

Sunday, November 8

In Racecourse Grounds at 2.30pm

Claremorris have adapted quite well to their new surroundings this season and have one win from their three games so far, they'll be looking to make that two from four, when a winless Buccaneers side who were hammered last weekend by an understrength Ballinrobe come calling to south Mayo. A win for the Colts would keep things ticking over quite nicely as they look to keep their feet in the division.

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