The fixtures for the top four divisions for the coming season have been published.
The 2014/15 season starts on Saturday 20th September with an away game for the Armstrong in Balbriggan. Four days later, the Heidenfeld host Celbridge, while the following Monday, the O’Hanlon travel to Kildare to play the same club.
The leagues controller advises that there is an outstanding issue regarding one of the teams in division 5 and 6, which is holding up publication of those fixtures. These fixtures are expected by 3rd September, with the season starting in late September.
It should be noted that after Cavan withdrew from the BA, there was a gap for a team from the Bodley. As we’ve come to expect in recent years, the decision somewhat controversially went against us – Drogheda have been offered the spot as the Bodley runner-up with the higher points tally (in part because their group was slightly easier, as our Bs will attest). The leagues controller has refused our appeal for a play-off match to decide promotion, indicating that the three weeks available for such a game didn’t allow enough time. It’s unknown whether the issue holding up the BA and Bodley fixtures is the same issue.
This year’s Bodley will be a 12-team division; those clubs who finished in the bottom half of last year’s Bodley groups have been relegated to the resurrected O’Sullivan Cup (Division 7). This means that, if Drogheda’s promotion is confirmed, the first match in our Bodleys will be a club derby – St Benildus A v St Benildus B.
We have indicated to the LCU the club’s interest in having team in Division 7, pending interested captains to run the team. That division is expected to start in early November. It’s not known how many clubs will be in it, though seven have been relegated from the Bodley into it.
Fixtures for the coming season are here.