The 2017  Division 1 season starts tomorrow, and there will be previews of all the team news and for each match to enliven your Saturday morning.…

I'm sure that for the 232 players who competed in Division 3 last season, and perhaps for a few diehard supporters as well, the 2016 title race went down as a classic.

But to be perfectly honest. we could have also said that they we wanted to have a look at Division 5 because it is so darn interesting. Division 5 this year has everything - nine teams, who all could realistically say that they have a chance of winning; a few up and coming teams who could surprise a few; a couple of established teams experiencing slight decline; and a couple of champion teams who are there to be shot down.

Division 13 will throw up an intriguing possibility for at least three of the seven teams competing this season. All seven have had tough times over the last few seasons. Some are on the way back up, some are still on the way down. But most are capable of pulling off a few surprise victories, and for the three teams that fill the medal positions, they will at least know that the rot of recent years has been reversed.

So far, our analyses of Leinster club's preformance over the 21st century has revealed clubs going up and down, through cycles of boom and bust, but with a continuing improvement. Pembroke's recent history shows that gradual improvement, but with a rather startling depression from 2005-2010. This article will look at the reasons behind that bust, and the ensuing improvement to become the 5th ranked team on the island at the end of the 2016 season

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