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Energia AIL 1A Season Wrap

In all the confusion over recent months we didn’t officially close out our men’s AIL coverage.

We’re not adding much more than what we published in our Week 14 Status Update, just a little bit more information about the individual clubs.

AIL 1A: Final Standings

Despite winning the league at Week 14, I’d guess that Cork Constitution will be a little disappointed that they didn’t get the opportunity to progress through the remaining four league games and the playoffs to complete an undefeated season.

I’d also guess that Young Munster, who were on fire with a run of four wins on the bounce before the season came to an abrupt end, will also be disappointed that they didn’t get the opportunity to get into the playoffs. It was some turnaround from the Limerick side who went five games without a win at the start of the season.

Personally, I was looking forward to UCC’s dogfight at the bottom with Dublin University and Ballynahinch who they were due to meet in the closing fixtures.

AIL 1A Leading Scorers.

There was a total of 2,728 points scored over the fourteen weekends of the competition giving an average of 195 points per round.

The points came from a total of 394 tries, 226 conversions (65% conversion rate), 174 penalties and 3 drop goals.

Week 8 was the highest scoring week with 285 points scored, including a colossal 41 tries, giving an average of just over 8 tries per game that weekend.

The highest individual amount of points scored was recorded in Week 12 with Lansdowne’s Craig Ronaldson clocking up 19 points from 2 conversions and 5 penalties.

The final standings for the leading points scorers are shown below.

It seemed to be between Ballynahinch’s Sean O’Hagan and Young Munster’s Evan Cusack for much of the season with O’Hagan at the top of the table after Week 11.

However, Sean Kearns was in the middle of making his move and a 32 point haul over Week 11 and Week 12 saw the Clontarf man move clear to claim the 2020 AIL 1A Leading Points Scorer title.

The leading try scorer table also promised an exciting end to the sason with all the canditates below in the running with four games to go.

We don’t know who, if any would have made a late move but the 2020 AIL 1A Leading Try Scorer ended up being shared between Ballynahinch’s Aaron Cairns and Cork Constitutions Bryan Hayes who both bagged 8 tries each over the 14 games played.

AIL 1A Team of the Season

We’ve referenced the teams by points difference, tries scored and try conversion rate in the graphics below.

Of note are Clontarf’s and Dublin University scoring rates as they joined Cork Con with over 300 points for the season and Young Munster’s Evan Cusack certainly deserves a mention as the man behind their 85% try conversion rate.

However, one team dominated the league and it would impossible to look beyond them for the Team of the Season.

Cork Constitution

It’s no surprise that runaway league leaders Cork Constitution are our AIL 1A Team of the Season. We managed to catch them when they were up playing Ballynahinch on a cold and extremely wet Saturday in February. At the time I said;

… looking down the lens at their play, they worked some nice moves with plenty of options behind the ball carrier. In fact their movement was very good and it’s a pity I didn’t get to see this game in prime conditions. 

Cork Constitution took command of the league from day one and didn’t give any of the other teams a chance with their unbeaten run of 14 games.

They were the league’s leading points scorers and this, combined with the tightest defence in the league, gave them the the biggest points difference by some margin.

The Cork side also topped the try scoring table with 41 tries, the only minor blemish on their near perfect record being their “average” conversion rate of 68%.

You can view all their scorers below.

Jack Crowley196041
Bryan Hayes800040
Gerard Hurley186039
Aidan Moynihan077035
Rob Jermyn500025
Jack Costigan400020
JJ O’Neill300015
Niall Kenneally300015
Penalty Try220014
Barry Galvin200010
Greg Higgins200010
Ross O’Neill200010
Bruse Matthews10005
Cathal O’Flaherty10005
Duncan Williams10005
Dylan Murphy10005
Evan Mintern10005
James Murphy10005
Joe McSwiney10005
Jonathan Wren10005
Sean French00103
Ryan Foley01002
Thomas Quinlan01002

You can view the rest of the teams stats in the dropdowns below.

Sean O’Hagan32010085
Aaron Cairns812048
Ross Adair500025
Marcus Rea300015
Rhys O’Donnell300015
Robert Baloucoune300015
George Pringle200010
Bill Johnston02107
Greg Hutley00206
Callum Irvine10005
Conal Boomer10005
Jack Regan10005
Marcus Rea10005
Olly Loughead10005
Ryan Wilson10005
Zac McCall10005
Sean Kearns322150104
Matt Darcy600030
Gearoid Lyons056028
Jack Power400020
Tom Byrne300015
Penalty Try220014
Andrew Feeney200010
Cian Walsh200010
Ivan Soroka200010
Michael Courtney200010
Seni Reilly Asgiru200010
Tadgh McElroy200010
Angus Lloyd10005
Ben Reilly10005
Cian O’Donoghue10005
Cormac Daly10005
Dylan Donnellan10005
Hugh O’Sulivan10005
Johan Van Der Flier10005
Michael Noone10005
Michael O’Kennedy02113081
James Fennelly053122
Ronan Quinn400020
Bart Vermeulen300015
Colm Hogan300015
James Hickey300015
Mark Nicholson300015
Rob Russell300015
Joe McCarthy200010
Max Kearney200010
Thomas Clarkson200010
Neilus Mulvihill01208
Penalty Try11007
Arthur Greene10005
Aziz Nasar10005
Ben Nel10005
Donnacha Mescal10005
Dylan Doyle10005
Gavin Jones10005
James Moriarty10005
Johnny McKeown10005
Paddy Opperman10005
Patrick Nulty10005
Reuben Pim10005
Rowan Osborne10005
Guiseppe Coyne00103
Jamie Heuston397157
Ben Healy057031
Bryan Fitzgerald500025
Colm Quilligan500025
Alex Wootton300015
David McCarty122015
Diarmuid Barron300015
Liam Coombes300015
Tommy O’Hora300015
Penalty Try220014
Andrew Keating200010
Cian Hurley200010
Cian O’Shea10005
Jack Delaney10005
Jack Stafford10005
John Hurley01105
Johnny Keane10005
Pat O’Toole10005
Paul Clancy10005
Rhys Tucker10005
Tim Ferguson10005
Tim Foley1118051
Craig Ronaldson147034
Dan Sheehan400020
Peter Sullivan400020
Adam Leavy300015
Harry Byrne023013
Peter Hastie121012
Adam Boland200010
Jack Dwan200010
James Reynolds200010
Mark Hernan200010
Tom Hastings03109
Penalty Try11007
Barry Goulding10005
Darragh Murphy10005
Fergal Cleary10005
Greg McGrath10005
Harry Brennan10005
Jack O’Sullivan10005
Joey Szpara10005
Mark Flanagan10005
Martin Mulhall10005
Neil Moylet10005
James Thornton039033
Sam Dardis600030
Mark O’Neill084028
Conor McKeon141016
Caolan Dooley300015
Jake Swaine122015
Penalty Try220014
Adam Lagrue200010
Eoin Joyce200010
Niall O’Sullivan200010
Robbie Smyth200010
Sam Coghlan Murray200010
Conor Pender00206
Jamie Glynn10005
Liam Hyland10005
Patrick Thornton10005
Peter Claffey10005
Robbie Deegan10005
Stephen O’Neill10005
Tim Schmidt10005
James Taylor186039
Murray Linn700035
Eoin Monahan056028
John Poland222020
Ryan Murphy400020
Matt Bowen300015
Rob Hedderman211015
Rory Suttor300015
John Hodnett200010
Michael Clune200010
Penalty Try11007
Daire Feeney10005
Killian Coghlan10005
James Tarrant2136054
Ronan Foley600030
Jack Ringrose500025
David Moran026022
David Ryan300015
Stephen McVeigh300015
Adam Byrne200010
Andy Marks200010
Josh O’Connor200010
Patrick Patterson200010
Sean McNulty200010
Tommy O’Brien200010
Matthew Gilsenan10108
Alex Penny10005
Bobby Sheehan10005
Cian Prendergast10005
Gavin Mullin10005
Jonny Guy10005
Nick Peters10005
Tom Treacy10005
Tim Corkery02004
Evan Cusack21914193
Alan Tynan331024
Alan Kennedy300015
Evan O’Gorman300015
Jack Harrington300015
Jordan Stewart300015
Luke Fitzgerald300015
Penalty Try11007
Conor Bartley10005
Fintan Coleman10005
Gavin Coombes10005
Harry Fleming10005
Keelan Stephenson10005
Sean Rigney10005
Charlie O’Doherty00103

The above figures have been compiled and checked throughout the season. However, should you be aware of any errors please contact us by leaving a message in the comments section below or alternatively drop us an email to

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