Focus On - Galwegians v Ballymena. Galwegians:10th in table; the first of two homes against Ulster clubs this season; having first played Ballymena at home, in Feb. 1994 ( 3-13 in Div. Two ), Galwegians have now lost all five games against the men from Co. Antrim; last season's losing margin ( 11 points ) was the biggest in the series; Galwegians success story against Ulster clubs is 56 % which makes Ballymena their obvious Ulster jinx club; in each of the past two seasons, Wegians' have lost three of their home League games in Galway.
Ballymena.2nd in table; the only trip to engage a Connacht club this season; the reigning AIB League champions are required to visit Galway for the fourth time to fulfil the sixth League fixture between today's clubs; Ballymena have over the years lost only twice to Connacht clubs in the League and one of these defeats ( 26-27 ) was by a one-point margin against Buccaneers at Athlone in March 2001; Aussie Mark Donato stands in as coach in the absence of Tony D'arcy, on Ireland duties at the Rugby World Cup.
1. Previous League Games Between Clubs:All Matches - Galwegians: P-5; W-0, D-0, L-5At Crowley Park - Galwegians: P-3; W-0, D-0, L-3,At Neutral Venue: 2. Last Season, (at Eaton Park), Ballymena 42 (six tries) Galwegians 31 (four tries).Sat. 01/ 03 / 03.
AIB League Division Two.
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