The champions, with one win from two games, cannot afford a defeat if they are to make the knock-out stages after Christmas.
Thurles CBS, with full points from two games, need just one more to be certain of a quarter-final place, and are likely to do so when they play St. Caimin’s in Claughaun. The clash of North Mon and Rathluirc CBS in Buttevant should decide which team takes the runners-up spot in the group.
To add extra spice to this fixture, several players met at minor level last Sunday when Glen Rovers beat Newtownshandrum in the Cork premier MHC semi-final.
With full points from two games played, former champions St. Colman’s need just one more to be sure of a quarter-final place but won’t get anything easy from Ard Scoil Rís who need the win to stay in contention.
DLS Waterford who looked hugely impressive in their last outing against Ard Scoil Rís, won’t take anything for granted against Glanmire CS at the Ardmore venue, but they should pick up the points which will keep them on track for a place in the quarter-finals.
With both sides on full points from two games played, the meeting of Carrigaline and St. Flannan’s in Charleville is purely academic but a victory for the Cork side would be a wonderful fillip for their school.
There are two important Corn Uí Mhuirí ties also for decision.
St. Brendan’s, impressive winners over holders DLS Macroom last time out, face stiffer opponents in St. Fachtna’s at Carrigadrohid and should remain unbeaten.
Intermediate School, Killorglin, who took Skibbereen to the cleaners in their last outing (it ended 2-14 to 1-8 in their favour) should have littledifficulty against Macroom inGneeveguilla.
Defeat for the two Cork schools would end their interest in the championship.
*See Digest for fixtures.