Bank of Ireland Club Finals Preview

01 March 2024

Bank of Ireland Club Finals Preview

This Sunday, 3rd March sees the next day of Bank of Ireland Club and Schools finals in Dexcom Stadium. The J1B League Final will take place at 1:00 PM followed by the J1A League Final at 3:30 PM.

The first final of the day is the Bank of Ireland J1B League Final which will see Ballinasloe RFC take on Buccaneers RFC 2nds. These two teams are no strangers to each other, having faced off in Round 2 of the J1B League where Buccaneers won 23-18 and then again in the Bank of Ireland Junior Cup Quarterfinal just last weekend where Buccaneers came away with a 22-15 win. The J1B League competition proved to be a thrilling one with many close contests, including Ballinasloe’s Semi-Final against Corinthians 2nd where they came out with a 38-33 win to see them into the final against table-toppers Buccaneers. Ballinasloe have proven to be a strong side, making the J1B final after winning the J1C final last season. Buccaneers only fell to Sligo RFC 2nds in their League campaign this season and topped the table with many impressive displays of rugby. These two sides are both incredibly talented and equally matched. Sure to be an electric atmosphere, this match is not to be missed. The Bank of Ireland J1B League Final is at 1:00 PM on Sun, 3rd March in Dexcom Stadium.

The second, and last, final of the day will see last year’s J1A League champions Creggs RFC face three-time champions since 2014/15 Connemara RFC in the Bank of Ireland J1A League Final. One of the most enjoyable competitive rivalries of the season, this final is going to be a thriller with both teams well-versed in what a final entails. Also having met in the Junior Cup Quarterfinal last weekend, Creggs will be looking forward to the rematch after falling just short of the win. Coming into the final, Connemara have impressively swept the board with their closest win being against the University of Galway in Round 2 of the League competition where they edged the college side by just 2 points. Their clean record saw them straight into Sunday's final. Creggs’ near-perfect record in the League was blemished only by a loss in Round 3 by Connemara themselves who beat the home side 21-10 on that occasion. However, Creggs breezed through their Semi-Final against Tuam RFC with a decisive 37-7 win and are ready to face the All-Blacks again in Dexcom Stadium where they will surely be a team with a clear mission of bringing home the trophy.  The Bank of Ireland J1A League Final is at 3:30 PM on Sun, 3rd March in Dexcom Stadium.

Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance as all 2024 finals will be cashless. Tickets can be purchased here.

You can find the Match Day Programme here.