Division 7 has the honour of starting the 2013 season, with today's (Sat 13th April) match between Clontarf 4 and Wexford Wanderers 1. Will either of those teams have a pennant on their table come the annual dinner in the Autumn?
KEVIN O’Brien, comments on his appointment as captain of Leinster Lightning ahead of the start of the revamped interprovincial cricket championship next month.
Regulation Changes for Open Competitions in 2013 N.B. This document summarises the main thrust of any amendments/new regulations. It is to provide a pointer to them but should not in any way be seen as a substitute for reading and understanding the actual regulation.
The OCC outlines some of the important points for the 2013 season
Division 8 throws up some exciting possibilities, with most clubs having reason to think they can be top of the pile come September. But which do we think will come top? Read on. Four first teams are in this division, and all will be in the shake up for promotion. Adamstown's progression has been well documented, but whether they can acheive successive promotions is open to question. Dundalk are in exactly the same position. Masses of potential, will definitely move higher, but whether it will be this year, I'm not sure.
YMCA 1st XI travel to North Down CC to take part in a T20 Tournament sponsored by O'Neills, at Comber over the weekend, Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th of April.North Down CC will host YMCA CC, Cork County CC & Donemana CC in a series of T20 games which will be concluded with a Final between the top 2 teams.
An update of the batting and bowling career averages for senior [open] competitions since 1919 have been added to the Archive. Go to Archives > Articles
Dublin University 2 may have the best chance of moving up. Although it is even harder trying to predict how a university side will perform from year to year, one thing in paricular is in Trinity's favour. The OCC have removed the "handicap" that balanced Dublin University sides only playing half a season, meaning that their sides have recieved a definite shot in the arm. With the players onbly having to make themselves availability eight times, and their points now getting equal weighting with the opposition, there may be no better time of a Trinity promotion.
The structure of the Open Competitions league and cups for 2013 shows a steady increase in the number of teams and clubs participating.
It looks like being a real dog-fight in Division 10. Normally in these previews, there is an attempt to be positive about most teams. In this instance, I really can't see any team being weaker (or stronger than the rest). That won't stop a complete stab in the dark at the end!
Appointment of Trent Johnston as Head Coach of Leinster Lightning.
Preview of RSA Division 11. A tight division, with new clubs, and existing heavyweights, No clear favourites though, so we'll go for Wexford Wanderers to take the division come September
As with Division 13, Division 12 in 2012 was dominated by a new team - in this case Greystones. Once again, there is a new team in Division 12 for 2013 - Lucan, who will be playing out of Garda's new ground in St Catherine's Park, Dublin 15.
Preview of RSA Division 13. Both Railway Union and Knockharley are looking much stronger for 2013, and the teams from these clubs in all divisions could be worth watching, especially the two in this division. As always, it is only an educated guess at this stage!
Preview of the RSA Division 14 season. Watch out for the 3rd XI's. With Castleknock, Greystones and Adamstown all entering third teams in 2013, they could be the ones to watch.