Reigning Harty Cup champions St Flannan’s College face a tricky first defence against Thurles CBS when the Munster Senior A Post-Primary Hurling Championship recommences after a two year gap on Wednesday, November 10th.
The Ennis school, who bridged a 15 year gap in 2019, will be wary of a Thurles CBS side that were All-ireland Junior A (Under 16.5) finalists as recently as 2018. The other opening round tie of note is the All-Cork rematch of Midleton CBS and CBC Cork that the latter last won to book their place in the 2019 decider against St Flannan’s.
Indeed, regardless of the result, St Flannan’s College and Thurles CBS will take on the winners and losers of that Rebel showdown for places in the quarter-finals.
St Joseph’s Tulla are the other Clare representative in the flagship hurling championship, with their opener against De La Salle Waterford being a winner-takes-all tie for a direct passage into the last eight.
In the Munster Senior B Hurling Championship, St Caimin’s Shannon are the county’s sole representatives while Scariff Community College, St Anne’s Killaloe, CBS Ennistymon and Rice College are pooled in the same side of the draw in the Senior C as they wrestle for a semi-final spot. Finally, in the Under 19E championship, John Bosco Kildysart, Ennistymon Vocational School and St Patrick’s Comprehensive, Shannon battle it out for a solitary quarter-final position.
Seven days earlier, St Flannan’s commence theirfSenior A footballing equivalent against Mercy Mounthawk (Kerry), with the Corn Uí Mhuiri having a similar knock-out with a backdoor format. Rice College and CBS Ennistymon are in the C Championship; St Anne’s Killaloe, St Joseph’s Spanish Point, Kilrush Community College and MISS Lisdoonvarna lock horns for one quarter-final place in the D version while the same goes for Ennis Community College, St Patrick’s Comprehensive Shannon, St Michael’s Kilmihil, Ennistymon Vocational School, St Joseph’s Kilkee, John Bosco Kildysart and St Caimin’s Shannon in the Under 19E Football Championship.
First up are the Munster Under 15 Football Championships which start next Wednesday, followed a week later by the Junior Hurling (Under 16.5) Championships.
St Flannan’s take on High School Clonmel in the opening Under 15A Football Quarter-Final but C representatives Rice College Ennis and CBS Ennistymon both received opening round byes and consequently are set to meet in a last 16 showdown on Wednesday, October 21st. There are five winner-takes-all opening round derbies next week, with MISS Lisdoonvarna meeting St Joseph’s Spanish Point in the Under 15D first round as are Kilrush Community School and St Caimin’s
Finally, in the Under 15E Championship, Ennistymon Community College take on St Joseph’s Kilkee, St Pats Shannon face Ennistymon Vocational School while St Michael’s Kilmihil play John Bosco Kildysart.
For a full list of fixtures/formats, check out www.munstergaapps.ie
by Eoin Brennan