Finals weekend in Energia Park and women kick off Leinster League
September 30, 2021 5:11 pm Site Editor
After a hectic schedule of finals last weekend, there are another two opportunities to watch live rugby at Energia Park this coming weekend with silverware on the line in both games.
Proudly sponsored by Bank of Ireland, both deciders will be hotly-contested Dublin rivalries. Terenure College RFC take on Trinity Rugby in the Metropolitan Cup final on Friday evening followed by the Albert O’Connell Cup final on Saturday between Old Wesley RFC and Lansdowne FC.
Bank of Ireland Metropolitan Cup Final
Terenure College RFC v Trinity Rugby
Friday, 1 October (7.30pm)
The Metropolitan Cup is without question one of Leinster Rugby’s most prestigious competitions and cups. First played in 1922 and won on that occasion by UCD, a total of 14 individual clubs have had their names proudly inscribed on the historic trophy. The leading winners are Lansdowne (16 wins) followed by UCD (14 wins), St Mary’s (11 wins), Bective and Terenure (nine wins) and Blackrock (eight wins). Blackrock have the distinction of being the only club to have recorded three consecutive Cup victories.
Trinity Rugby’s cup campaign consisted of victories over MU Barnhall (44-0), Naas (24-13) and Clontarf (33-7), in the process scoring 101 points and conceding 20 points. Trinity have won the Metropolitan Cup on four occasions with their first win in 1923. There were subsequent wins in 1928 and 1934 but their last victory was some 54 years ago in 1967.
Terenure College RFC have a rich tradition in the Metropolitan Cup and indeed a fine winning record of nine victories. Their first victory was in 1950 with subsequent wins in 1960, 1979 (beating Bective), 1988 (Wanderers), 1997 (Old Wesley), 1999 (Old Belvedere), 2015 (Lansdowne), 2016 (MU Barnhall) and on their most recent final appearance they beat DLSP in the 2018 decider.
Bank of Ireland Albert O’Connell Cup Final
Old Wesley RFC v Lansdowne FC
Saturday, 2 October (5pm)
The 64th Albert O’Connell Cup final will feature the defending champions Old Wesley take on challengers Lansdowne in Energia Park on Saturday, 2 October, with a 5pm kick off.
Old Wesley defeated pitch neighbours Bective Rangers 25-22 prior to going on a scoring spree when they defeated Coolmine 77-0. Lansdowne enjoyed a more leisurely path to the final having received walkovers from Malahide and Monkstown prior to beating St Mary’s by 22-11.
The Lansdowne club has won the O’Connell Cup on 14 occasions and trail the table-toppers St Mary’s on 16 wins. Lansdowne’s most recent win was in 2016 when they retained the cup having beaten Old Wesley in the 2015 final. Their first win was in 1958 a year after the competition was introduced to celebrate the memory of Albert O’Connell who was President of the Leinster Branch in 1931/32 and a prominent member and administrator of Railway Union.
Old Wesley’s first win was in 1978 (beating St Mary’s), with subsequent wins in 1989 (Terenure), 2002 (St Mary’s), 2011 (Clontarf) and in 2019 (Terenure).
A sixth win would see the Donnybrook club join UCD on the leader board and put them above Terenure who are on five wins. A total of 11 Leinster Clubs have won the Albert O’Connell Cup.
Women’s Leinster League
After the Bank of Ireland Paul Cusack and Paul Flood Cup and Plate finals were played last weekend, this weekend will see the start of the Women’s Leinster Leagues.
Thirty-eight teams across five divisions will begin their campaigns following a tough 18 months with no rugby.
Many of the teams competing had the opportunity to play in the modified Paul Cusack and Paul Flood competition which finished in two great days of finals last weekend.
|Division 1||Division 2||Division 3||Division 4||Division 5|
|CYM RFC||Gorey RFC||Portlaoise RFC||CYM RFC J1||Tallaght RFC|
|Port Dara Falcons||Old Belvedere RFC J1||Garda Westmanstown RFC||MU Barnhall RFC J1||Kilkenny RFC|
|DCU RFC||Balbriggan RFC||Longford RFC||Wanderers RFC||Monkstown RFC|
|MU Barnhall RFC||Mullingar RFC||Naas RFC||Wicklow RFC J1||Navan RFC|
|Tullow RFC||Dublin University||New Ross RFC||Athy RFC||Swords RFC|
|Edenderry RFC||Clontarf RFC||Greystones RFC||North Meath RFC||Wexford Wanderers RFC|
|Railway Union RFC J1||Clondalkin RFC||Arklow RFC||Enniscorthy RFC||De la Salle Palmerstown RFC|
|Tullamore RFC||Blackrock College RFC J1|
Two New Women’s Teams
New teams joining the leagues this season include Monkstown RFC and Swords RFC who will both be competing in Division 5. Swords begin their campaign with an away trip to DLSP. Monkstown kick off on Sunday, 10 October, with an away trip to Navan RFC.
Rachael O’Brien, Honorary Secretary of the Women’s Section said: “We are delighted to have the leagues kicking off this weekend, we know it means a lot to clubs and players. We would urge supporters to go and see some great club rugby over the season.”
Default kick-off times for games will be 1pm on Sundays but can be adjusted based on agreement from both sides.
All fixtures for the upcoming season can be viewed here.