Leinster Senior League Cup & Shield Draws…
June 18, 2011 12:00 am Richard Blake
The fixtures for the Leinster Senior League Cup and Shield, together with the information about the two restructured competitions that was circulated to clubs earlier this week, is now available…
The usual early notice and agreement between clubs will apply for fixture changes. Please note that any proposed changes must be on the same weekend as the original fixture.
The Seconds (J1) League Cup and Shield will be run in parallel with the Senior games. In a change from last season, following submissions from the clubs, the Senior fixture will kick off first at 2:00 pm with the J1 game commencing at 4:00 pm.
The Leinster Senior League Cup for 2011-12 is being revamped following a proposal put forward by the Senior Clubs Committee and endorsed by the Executive Committee of the Leinster Branch.
The competition will now be divided into a Cup and Shield with places in each competition determined by All Ireland League finishing positions last season 2010-11.
The top ten teams will play in the Leinster Senior League Cup and they will be divided into two Sections with five teams in each Section (see table above). There will be crossover semi-finals at the end of the League phase with the Section winners enjoying home advantage. The semi-finals will be on Saturday 12th November.
The remaining nine teams will play in the Leinster Senior League Shield made up of one 5-team and one 4-team Section (see table above). As in the Cup there will be crossover semi-finals at the end of the League phase with the Section winners enjoying home advantage. The semi-finals will be on Saturday 12th November.
It is hoped to hold the finals of both the Cup and Shield on the same day as a doubleheader in Donnybrook. Saturday 17th December has been pencilled in for these Finals.
Traditionally the Leinster Senior League Cup has comprised 20 clubs with the extra place allocated to a Leinster League club, but as the new competition will run until 24th September (the Leinster League starts on 17th September) that invitation will not be extended this season.
The opening round of games for the three Sections with five teams will be on Sunday 28th August to avoid a clash with the final RWC warm up game between Ireland and England in the Aviva Stadium on the day before (if clubs agree to rearrange their games to the previous Thursday or Friday that will be accepted).
The 4-team Section in the Shield will commence a week later on Saturday 3rd September. The games will be played weekly up to and including 24th September (4-team Section in Shield will finish on 17th September).
The Seconds (J1) competitions will be run in parallel and along the same lines as the Senior competitions.
The winner of the Leinster Senior League Cup will represent Leinster in the All Ireland Cup, the semi-finals of which are on 21st January.
LEINSTER SENIOR LEAGUE CUP 2011-12:
SECTION A: Old Belvedere, Blackrock College, Lansdowne, Bective Rangers, Terenure College
SECTION B: St. Mary’s College, Clontarf, UCD, De la Salle Palmerston, Dublin University
LEINSTER SENIOR LEAGUE SHIELD 2011-12:
SECTION A: Old Wesley, Greystones, Suttonians, Wanderers, Boyne
SECTION B: Seapoint, NUIM Barnhall, Naas, Navan