All Ireland League
Rainey Old Boys will be determined to complete their AIL programme by making it ten wins from eleven games when they meet Suttonians in north-east Dublin on Saturday.
That would ensure them of sixth place and better their playing record in their first season as a senior club when forty-three points left them in seventh spot.
This would signal a remarkable achievement considering the problems they had with injuries and unavailability earlier in the season. Despite picking up only one point from their first four AIL games, the spirit in the camp remained high and since beating Greystones in mid-November,they have never looked back.
Unfortunately Banbridge scored five tries in defeating Highfield 31-5 at Rifle Park last week to make sure of at least a play-off for promotion against either Old Crescent or Thomond in Limerick on April 30.
This will be Rainey’s second visit to Sutton and anyone who was there the last time will never forget it - on a mid-January afternoon when high winds and driving rain caused havoc with sporting fixtures throughout the land, Rainey emerged 10-3 winners of a dour forward battle which was confined to the touchline on the clubhouse side.
Players were in grave danger of succumbing to exposure, while the die-hards who braved the elements huddled together in little groups alongside whatever shelter they could find. All concerned would deserve some spring sunshine over Dublin Bay on Saturday.
Rainey were 27-10 winners at Hatrick Park last season.