Division 1 is proving to be the most exciting for years with positions hotly contested at both the top and bottom of the table. With 12 matches still left to play there is less than 2 percentage points separating the top [North Counmty, Merrion and Railway Union] and bottom [Pembroke, Phoenix and YMCA] three teams. Even the middle two teams, Clontarf and The Hills, are not out of contention if they were to win their remaining matches and other results fell their way.
If North County, who are currently joint top of the league, win their remaining three matches they will be difficult to catch but they have a tough run in with away games against The Hills, Phoenix and Clontarf. Merrion have only two matches to play, which they must win, and if they do they will have to await results from North County and Railway Union. Railway U are making a strong run but have difficult games to play against The Hills, Clontarf and Pembroke.
At the bottom of the table, there is little to choose between the three teams trying to avoid the drop. The key head to head matches between Pembroke and YMCA and YMCA and Phoenix will be crucial, and provide a route to salvation for YMCA.
The remaining matches are:
|Pembroke 1||YMCA 1||20 August 2011||Sydney Parade|
|Phoenix 1||Merrion 1||20 August 2011||Phoenix Park|
|Railway Union 1||Clontarf 1||20 August 2011||Park Avenue|
|The Hills 1||North County 1||20 August 2011||Milverton|
|Phoenix 1||North County 1||27 August 2011||Phoenix Park|
|Railway Union 1||Pembroke 1||27 August 2011||Park Avenue|
|The Hills 1||YMCA 1||27 August 2011||Milverton|
|Clontarf 1||North County 1||3 September 2011||Castle Avenue|
|Pembroke 1||Merrion 1||3 September 2011||Sydney Parade|
|Railway Union 1||The Hills 1||3 September 2011||Park Avenue|
|YMCA 1||Phoenix 1||3 September 2011||Claremont Road|
|Phoenix v Clontarf refix not included.|