The Whelan Cup has always been a fiercely fought competition, and with half of the twenty two teams having an excellent chance of progression to the last eight, the 2014 edition looks like being another cracker. Those twenty two teams are spread across three divisions (9, 10 and 11), and the cup represents the fourth tier of T20 competition in Leinster cricket
It is unusual to be able to confidently (ish) predict the semi finalists of a competition so far in advance, but this year's YMCA Salver throws up four teams who look to be far stronger than the rest.
One team has bestrode the Tillan Cup in recent years, and there is no reason why they shouldn't have a similarly successful competition in 2014. Merrion 2, were Tillain Cup champions (the T20 competition for the "second tier" teams) in 2012 and 2013, and with a handy home draw against Railway Union 2, they will feel confident of another run.
The dates and the venues for all RSA OCC Cup Finals for 2014.
Another new season, another new competition. With the massive expansion of cricket across Leinster in the last few years, there has needed to be more competitions to give everyone a chance of lifting some silverware. So 2014 will see the first installment of a new competition, provisionally titled the "Minor 2 Cup". Seventeen teams are in the draw, with a mix of teams from Division 13, Division 14 as a few non-league teams. As would probably be expected, two teams are making their cup debuts, and a further five teams haven't won a match since records started being properly recorded at this level in 2011.
With the numbers in the 2013 Minor Cup swelling to unmanageable proportions, 2014 will see a new (provisionally titled) "Minor 2 Cup". The draw for that will be published tomorrow, but today we look at the Minor Cup - no longer the baby of the competitions. The 2014 Minor Cup is the highest competition in the ladder where non-league teams clash with their league counterparts, and we'll start by looking at the fortunes of those three non-league teams.
After a delay of a few days, the final three draws for the OCC's weekend cup competitions will be revealed this week, starting today with the Junior Cup
Here's a thought that whilst may not have you spluttering over your elevenses ,will at least make you think - however briefly. In the draw for this year's 2014 RSA Intermediate Cup, there are five teams who played in cup finals in 2013. Civil Service 2 lost the Middle 2 Cup final, Swords 1 and Phoenix 4 battled in the Inter cup final, and Greystones 2 and Slieve Bloom 1 played out the Junior Cup final. They can't all do the same this year, so someone will be disappointed!
On paper, Clontarf 4 should be the team to beat in the 2014 RSA Middle 2 Cup. At least they were on the first sheet of paper I had before me. The second attempt revealed a slightly more complicated picture
The RSA Middle Cup draw for 2014 throws up the usual mix of renewed rivalries, new versus old, and underdog against favourite. The competition contains clubs from Divisions 4, 5 and 6, and as such it's tempting to look at those higher clubs as the ones to beat.
Draw highlights - In the only all Division 1 tie, YMCA to host Pembroke in repeat of 2013 final
It's that time of the cricketing year again. With the Ireland squad starting their World T20 warm up games with a good win against the Netherlands in Dubai, and our Elite training squads getting back into the gym and nets, the bedrock of the game in Leinster, the clubs, turn their thoughts to the 2014 season. Without further ado, we can now reveal the provisional Open Competitions league structure for 2014. As is habitually the case, the new leagues do not exactly match the finishing places from the previous season, with new teams coming in, and some clubs asking to be moved down.
North County CC: RSA D1 / Senior Cup Averages 2013
Current situation of the ups and down in the Open Comps
Gerry Byrne reviews the player landmarks achieved during the 2013 season.