...The Division Two trophy...
Old Belvedere winger Kevin Barden took his league try tally to ten in eight games as the Dublin club maintained their position at the head of proceedings in AIB League Division Two.
'Belvo' claimed their seventh straight league win on Saturday, beating Thomond 34-0 at Anglesea Road with Barden touching down three times. Leinster's Andy Dunne kicked three conversions and a penalty for the hosts.
Greystones, who have a game in hand on their fellow play-off chasers, are two points behind Belvo at the top of the table - 'Stones were 39-7 winners over Old Crescent at Dr. Hickey Park, with winger Ronan Carroll scoring two of their five tries.
Big flanker Riaan Erasmus led the Blue Bulls' charge at Parsonstown as Barnhall scored a 31-17 defeat of UCC. Cathal Connolly ran up a personal tally of 16 points for the Kildare side as he bagged a try, four conversions and a penalty.
In the battle of 16th against 15th at Oak Park, County Carlow managed to make further strides as they got the better of lowly Midleton, beating the Corkmen 16-9 for their second win in three games.
The midlanders' top scoring out-half Greg Jacob, who kicked three penalties and converted Kiwi centre Reuben Colquhoun's try, took his tally for the season to 84 points.
Carlow are now up to 14th in the standings, ahead of Midleton and Malone. The latter lost 26-10 to Young Munster at Gibson Park - centre Eamonn Broderick and lock Shane O'Neill both crossed for tries for Munsters, while prodigious young kicker Wayne Murphy landed a hat-trick of drop goals.
Elsewhere, Suttonians slipped up in Kilternan, going down 29-12 to a powerful De La Salle outfit, and tries from full-back Paul Gillespie, winger Killian Stafford and flanker Shane Young helped Dublin University to a 29-21 success against Bective.
Clonakilty's trip to Highfield also proved fruitful as they claimed a bonus point win. Munster's Brian O'Meara converted tries from Paul Matson and Fergal O'Gara for the hosts, but Clon held firm for a 26-20 win with centre John O'Donnell (2), full-back Derek Dillon and winger Shay O'Donovan sharing out their tries.
DIVISION TWO - SATURDAY, JANUARY 6 RESULTS:
Barnhall 31 UCC 17, Parsonstown
County Carlow 16 Midleton 9, Oak Park
De La Salle Palmerston 29 Suttonians 12, Kilternan
Dublin University 29 Bective Rangers 21, College Park
Greystones 39 Old Crescent 7, Dr. Hickey Park
Highfield 20 Clonakilty 26, Woodleigh Park
Malone 10 Young Munster 26, Gibson Park
Old Belvedere 34 Thomond 0, Anglesea Road