Douglas prepare to battle for their first final place

THE second semi-final of the Irish Examiner Corn Uí Mhuirí tomorrow at Knocknagree brings together the old and the new as Tralee CBS face Douglas Community School.

Tralee have been competing in the championship since the early 1900’s, winning the title on 14 occasions while Douglas are competing at this level for the first time.

Douglas have made a huge impression, topping their group in the Round Robin series. That included a win over traditionalists St. Brendans, a draw with St. Colmans before beating Coláiste Choilm in the quarter-final.

In contrast, Tralee only played one game in the Round Robin which they drew against Coláiste Choilm, and then got a walk over from Killorglin before beating arch rivals St. Brendans in the quarter-final.

Tralee include two players with famous names, Brian Moran and Eoin Liston, sons of former county greats, and they have the towering figure of Shane Guthrie together with Joey O’Connor and Sean O’Sullivan.

Four members of the Douglas team, David Dorney, Paddy White, Eoin Cadigan and Mark Harrington, are county Cork minors but are now unable to play in the Munster championship against Waterford.

The Douglas school have also have excellent players in David O’Connor, Jeremy McCarthy, Paul Kelly, Stephen Bermingham and Kenny Barry.

Douglas won’t ever get a better chance of reaching their first final. Their teamwork is outstanding and the Kerry lads will have to be on their toes to cope with the threat.

St. Colmans finally get to play their Irish Examiner Dr. Harty Cup semi-final tomorrow when they travel to Clonmel to play DLS Waterford. Throw-in is at 2.30 pm.

The recent death of one of their students has left a pall of gloom over the school and how that effects the team remains to be seen.

They have every incentive as they chase a hat-trick of titles for the first time in the school’s history.

The champions will field a team of exceptional talent which will include two current members of the Limerick senior hurling panel in team captain Andrew O’Shaughnessy and Patrick Kirby.

Paul Kearney, Seamus Stack, Eamon Condon and Brian Lane are others who have played key roles for the champions as they steam-rolled their way to tomorrow’s semi-final, and that included a 5-10 to 1-6 win over DLS in the Round Robin series.

A lot of water has gone under the bridge since that game however, and the Waterford side have improved greatly since.

However if they are to have any chance, big James Quirke has to deliver. A player of great physical strength with buckets of hurling, there is a lot riding on how he performs.

Tommy Power, Noel Delahunty, Paul Hogan, Gary Molloy and Gearoid O’Connor are others who will have to produce big performances if the champions are to be stopped.

On Sunday, Clonmel High School are on the trail of a possible double when they clash with Hamilton High School (Bandon) in the final of the Munster Colleges “B” SFC at Mitchelstown at 2.30 pm.

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