Group A in the Hearty Cup comprises four schools, Thurles CBS, DLS Waterford, Blackwater College and St. Flannan’s, and could well be dubbed the group of death.
Coláiste Chríost Rí are back in the competition after an absence of five years and have been drawn in Group B along with St Caimin’s, Our Lady’s and Charleville CBS.
Nenagh CBS, Midleton CBS and Kerry Colleges make up Group C while the holders, Ard Scoil Rís, Waterford Colleges and St Colman’s comprise Group D.
Two teams from each group will come through the Round Robin series to the knock-out stages. Games will commence on Wednesday, October 6 next.
In senior football 12 schools have entered, an increase of one and have been divided into four groups with the top two going forward to the knock out stages.
Clonmel CBS take over from Abbey CBS (Tipperary), while West Clare Colleges are competing for the first time.
Holders St. Brendan’s have been grouped with Coláiste Chríost Rí and St Fachtna’s (Skibbereen), while beaten finalists DLS Macroom are in Group B along with Intermediate School, Killorglin and West Clare Colleges.
The Round Robin series gets under way on Wednesday October 13 next.
Football Group A: St. Brendan’s, CC Ri, St. Fachtna’s.
Group B: DLS Macroom, Intermediate School, Killorgln, West Clare Colleges.
Group C: PS Chorcha Dhuibhne, St. Colman’s, Tralee CBS.
Group D: Coláiste na Sceilge, Clonmel CBS, St. Flannan’s.