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New face: Muckamore’s Bobby Rao
New face: Muckamore’s Bobby Rao

By Ian Callender

Defending Robinson Services Premier League champions CIYMS are to begin the defence of their title at Muckamore when the NCU season gets under way on April 27.

It promises to be a testing start for the Moylena club, who have revealed former Ireland international Bobby Rao as their new coach, because their first away game of the season on May 4 is against Irish Cup holders and last year's league runners-up Waringstown.

The first meeting between last year's top two is due to take place at Belmont on June 29 with the return at The Lawn scheduled for August 17, the penultimate Saturday of the season.

Lisburn's opening match back in the top flight, after just a one-year absence, will be away to Instonians before they welcome the champions to Wallace Park the following week.

Only four rounds of games will be played before the second half of June because of Irish Cup and Challenge Cup dates and a weekend of Twenty20 Cup fixtures.

The Gallagher Challenge Cup final will again be hosted by North Down on Friday, August 2, a week later than usual to avoid a clash with the Lord's Test.


April 27

Carrickfergus v North Down

CSNI v Waringstown

Instonians v Lisburn

Muckamore v CIYMS

May 4

Carrickfergus v Instonians

Lisburn v CIYMS

CSNI v North Down

Waringstown v Muckamore

May 18

CIYMS v Carrickfergus

Instonians v North Down

Lisburn v Waringstown

Muckamore v CSNI

June 8

Carrickfergus v Waringstown

CSNI v Lisburn

Instonians v CIYMS

North Down v Muckamore

June 22

Carrickfergus v CSNI

CIYMS v North Down

Waringstown v Instonians

June 23

Lisburn v Muckamore

June 29

CIYMS v Waringstown

Instonians v CSNI

Lisburn v North Down

Muckamore v Carrickfergus

July 6

CIYMS v Muckamore

Lisburn v Instonians

North Down v Carrickfergus

Waringstown v CSNI

July 13

Carrickfergus v Lisburn


Instonians v Muckamore

North Down v Waringstown

July 20

CIYMS v Lisburn

North Down v CSNI

Instonians v Carrickfergus

Muckamore v Waringstown

July 27

Carrickfergus v CIYMS

CSNI v Muckamore

North Down v Instonians

Waringstown v Lisburn

August 3

CIYMS v Instonians

Lisburn v CSNI

Muckamore v North Down

Waringstown v Carrickfergus

August 10

CSNI v Carrickfergus

Instonians v Waringstown

Muckamore v Lisburn

North Down v CIYMS

August 17

Carrickfergus v Muckamore

CSNI v Instonians

North Down v Lisburn

Waringstown v CIYMS

August 24


Lisburn v Carrickfergus

Muckamore v Instonians

Waringstown v North Down

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