However, the Ennis college are concerned about the fitness of John Cusack, who picked up a groin strain in last Sunday’s hurling win over Doon CBS. He is one of five dual players chasing the double. The others are Donncha Kelleher, Jonathan Clancy, Séamus Hickey and Shane O’Brien.
Na Sceilge, bidding for a fourth title in a row, are hungry for more success says coach John O’Shea. “We are unbeaten in Munster since we first took part in 2001 and are very keen to preserve that record.
This year’s team has chalked up a couple of impressive wins and the incentive is there for them to create another bit of history for the school.” O’Shea boasts a strong line-up. Liam Sheehan is an outstanding goalkeeper and is fronted by a solid defence, which includes Killian Young, Timothy O’Sullivan and Kevin O’Leary.
Up front, the talents of Patrick Curran, Paul O’Connor, Rory Keating and Dermot Walsh may prove too much for the Clare college. The second semi-final, between Coláiste Chríost Rí and IS Killorglin has been put back to March 7 in Carrigadrohid. St Colman’s, also chasing a fourth consecutive Munster title, return to Clonmel today to renew acquaintances with Waterford Colleges in the replay of the Irish Examiner Dr Harty Cup.
The champions had to depend on a late goal from Jamie Kearney to earn a replay, and if they contain the threat of Mark Gorman who scored nine points last weekend, they should advance to the final against St Flannan’s on March 21. The Leinster Colleges “A” SHC moves to quarter-final stage tomorrow. Castlecomer Community School, who won the “B” All-Ireland title last year, play Dublin Colleges at Dr Cullen Park, Carlow, (3pm) and are favourites to advance.
St Brendan’s (Birr) and Good Counsel (New Ross) meet in Freshford in tomorrow’s other tie at noon with the latter the fancied side.
Meanwhile, two Cork schools chase All-Ireland honours in the inaugural vocational “B” hurling and football championship finals. Cashel hosts the clash of Clonakilty CC and Mercy Convent Ballymahon, (Longford) in the football decider, while Coláiste Eoin, (Youghal) meet Gairmscoil Chillian Naofa, (Galway) in New Inn.