Bodley 2014/15 season

Bodley (tea) Cup

So the dates for the 2014-15 Bodley Cup have been released (but aren’t yet up on the LCU website, odds are that’s just a small while away though – not all the teams and such have been finalised yet) [edit – yup, less than two days later they’re now up on the LCU website].

First match is far sooner than I expected it to be, on September 24 with a Benildus-A-v-Benildus-B game that will probably wind up being like a parish boundary GAA game (ie, wear a helmet even if you’re just spectating!). All the matches have been brought forward in fact, so that the last round can happen for all seven divisions on the one day (Sunday April 11 2015) in a neutral venue (probably in the Teachers Club in Parnell Square). Which will be fun.

This year sees the resurrection of a seventh division after a decade or two of not enough teams to run it; the idea is that it’ll become the entry-level division for new players, a role the Bodley was fulfilling up to now. Benildus will be entering at least one team into this division. We’ll also have two teams in the Bodley (Benildus A just being pipped at the post for promotion last season), one in the O’Hanlon, one in the Heidenfeld and one in the Armstrong. For the beginners reading this wondering who and what those are, they’re just the names given each division (usually relating to who paid for the trophies initially 😀 ):

Division Name
1 Armstrong Cup
2 Heidenfeld Trophy
3 Ennis Shield
4 O’Hanlon Cup
5 BEA Cup
6 Bodley Cup
7 O’Sullivan Cup

And no, the real Bodley Cup isn’t a teacup (it’s just that there’s a specific make of antique tea cup… look, it was funny at the time, okay?), it’s this:

Bodley Cup

So far the lineup for the Benildus B team (which I’ll be on again) looks like:

Team Round H/A Opposition Day Time Date
Bodley 1 Home St Benildus B v A Wed 7:30 24/09/14
Bodley B 2 Away Elm Mount Mon 7:30 06/10/14
Bodley B 3 Home Malahide Wed 7:30 15/10/14
Bodley B 4 Away Wicklow Sat 2:30 15/11/14
Bodley B 5 Home Rathmines B Wed 7:30 21/01/15
Bodley B 6 Away Rathmines A Mon 7:30 02/02/15
Bodley B 7 Home Bray/Greystones Wed 7:30 18/02/15
Bodley B 8 Away Enniscorthy Sat 2:30 28/02/15
Bodley B 9 Home Portmarnock Wed 7:30 11/03/15
Bodley B 10 Away Curragh A Sat 2:30 11/04/15
Bodley B 11 Neutral Curragh B Sun TBC 19/04/15

We have some awful logistics with the away matches, Enniscorthy will be three hours driving for three hours (at most!) chess, but it can’t be helped. Round 5 should be interesting though, both teams at home after a rather long xmas break that takes in half of November, all of December and two thirds of January – lots of cobwebs to blow away, or lots of time to study up, depending on diligence levels!


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