Teams return to league business this week after the first legs of their Robert Black ties. The pick of the ties is without question the top of the table clash between the Hustlers and Entertainers. These fixtures, especially in the second half of the season, are the ones that have historically decided the title. However with both teams level at the top, and the Murray only two points behind, you couldn't say the same this year. Make no mistake however, the wining team will still be a huge favourite to go on and lift the title come the end of June. After patchy starts from both teams to the league season, both go into this match in a rich vein of form, the Entertainers have won their last nine league matches, while Stevie Kelly's team have won their last eleven straight. Throw in the fact that each team has beaten the other 8-6 and also fought to a draw so far this season and this one is anyone's guess.
Elsewhere, the Murray will be licking their wounds after a heavy defeat in the cup to the Entertainers last week, however a win over the Shooters will see them at worst jump to second in the table, and at best sit joint top if the Hustlers and Entertainers play to a draw.
The Diamonds will be looking for revenge from their League Cup defeat to the Cuesters when the two teams meet. Both teams are coming off losses in the League Cup to the Top Guns and Club respectively, and will looking at this fixture as the ideal one to bounce back quickly.
Club 72 will be left feeling frustrated after they let a commanding lead over the Cuesters slip in their 1st leg cup match last week, however they'll be comforted by the fact the win still keeps them in control of the tie overall. They face a Hunters side without a win in 2014 who'll be hoping they can go one better than the 7-7 they recorded against the Club back in October.
Just five points now separates the Ospreys and Greenhills, and Tommy Meldrum's team will be hoping their good league form (four wins out their last five) continues with a victory over the 'hills.
The Top Guns will be looking for a win over Langlands, while hoping the Ospreys also do them a favour as they look to close the gap on the Greenhills also.
Elsewhere, the Aces visit the Tower in a key match for both teams. Just one point separates the sides, and both will be looking for a more positive result rather than the stalemate played out earlier in the season.
Full fixtures as follows:
Club 72 - Hunters
Greenhills Diamonds - Cuesters
Hustlers - Entertainers
Langlands - Top Guns
Murray - Greenhills Shooters
Ospreys - Greenhills
Tower - Whitehills Aces