West Dublin Rhinos (2-5) @ Cork Admirals (6-0-1)
We start this week’s previews of the final SBC regular season games with a big day planned in Cork as the West Dublin Rhinos take on the Cork Admirals for the East Village Bowl. The Admirals Family Fun Day is shaping up to be a great day out for all the family with bouncy castles, face painting, dancers from the Montfort College of Performing Arts, amazing food vendors in the tailgate section and many more attractions on the day.
At the centre of it all is the clash between table toppers Cork Admirals and relegation threatened West Dublin Rhinos. The Admirals had a tricky game last time out against the Knights as the weather played havoc for both offenses, with the game finishing in a 0-0 draw. The Rhinos are looking to bounce back from a 30-0 defeat last week against the Vikings and earn at least one point to secure their SBC playing status in 2020.
A very disappointing performance at home last week saw the Rhinos being brought right into the relegation mix. Sunday will be a tough ask for the West Dublin side but the team will be extra motivated to secure their SBC spot for next year coupled with trying to add some silverware to their season. Rhinos head coach Barry Bolton is confident his side can cause an upset “Tough loss last Sunday against an impressive Vikings squad on the road. But we’ve picked ourselves up and are looking forward to the challenge that travelling to take on the Admirals in Cork brings. Nobody has managed to come away a win against Cork in a full year now but it’s the last game of the year Brent, can’t hold anything back now.”
The Admirals clinched top spot in the SBC two weeks ago as they got the point they needed. Having already secured a home playoff game, the Admirals coaching staff will want to be cautious of avoiding injuries in this game before the playoff run, but will also want to ensure they remain unbeaten and keep the East Village Bowl at home. Admirals defensive co-ordinator Brendan Kelleher is excited to have his team play in front of an expected large crowd “We are really looking forward to the game on Sunday. Every year we put on an event close to 4th July to promote the game in Cork. This year the interest seems to be bigger than ever. We are expecting the Rhinos to give us a tough challenge and we certainly won’t be looking past this weekend. We are aiming to continue to execute and perform at the levels we are capable of and definitely to continue to improve with the playoffs just around the corner.”
The family fun day promises to be bigger and better than last year so if you are in the area, don’t miss out! Admission is €5 for adults with kids under 12 FREE. All attractions are FREE of charge once inside.
Location: Cork Institute of Technology
Gates Open: 12:00
Kick Off: 14:00
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