Cup honours up for grabs as colleges season hits halfway point

THE curtain falls today on the first half of colleges activity for the season, with some finals down for decision.

The clash of Doon CBS and their sister school from Rathluirc in the Kinane Cup final at Cashel (1pm) has the bonus of automatic entry in the 2006/’7 Harty Cup for the winners

Doon dropped down a grade this year after a couple of successful seasons in the Harty and will be keen to get back up there again, while Rathluirc have qualified for the knock-out stages of the Harty, and will want to keep that status for the coming year.

Rathluirc will be backboned by several members of the Newtownshandrum Under-16 team, impressive winners of the Cork county championship recently, and will start favourites, but the Limerick college won’t go down without a fight.

The second final is between Carrignavar CS and Bruff in the Corn Iognaid Rís Cup at Kildorrery (12.30pm). Carrig, who won the title in 2003, have been impressive and are likely to start favourites, but the Limerick side can be relied upon to make a bold bid for their first honours at this level.

An interesting game in Pilmore this afternoon (12.30pm) sees Coláiste Eoin (Youghal) and St Aidan’s meet in the Cork colleges senior “B” SHC semi-final.

This is the last year of the Youghal college, as it will amalgamate with the local vocational school and Loretto Convent next year.

Both teams will include some exciting talent which should see a game well above the grade. Youghal will have Owen Griffin, who won county and Munster medals with Fr O’Neill’s this year, and Lee Desmond, but will face stiff opposition from a side that will include Thomas Horgan, Eric Nodwell and Trevor Sheehan, who were members of the Glen Rovers minor team which recently won the county premier title.

Tomorrow Coláiste an Risígh (Ennis) and St Michael’s (Rosscarbery) clash in the Corn Mhic Craith final at Feenagh (1.30pm), where the Clare college will bid to regain their title, having lost it last year.

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