WITH a place in the knockout stages for the winners, this game has taken on added significance. Should the sides finish level, it will come down to scoring difference and, in that context, the Lismore college are slightly better off.
It would be a massive blow to Thurles should they fail to qualify, but they were on the receiving end of a 10-point defeat by St. Flannan’s last time out and will have to improve to stay in the title race.
Thurles CBS win
THIS is another game where the winners will go through to the last eight and a battle royale should ensue. The North Cork school had three points to spare over Críost Rí in their last outing, while Caimin’s were beaten by six by Our Lady’s, Templemore.
Charleville will start favourites, but this is a good Caimin’s side, backed by a number of the county minor team which failed in this year’s All-Ireland final, and won’t go down without a fight.
St. Caimin’s win.
WITH Críost Rí out of the running, they are playing for pride against the North Tipp school who are likely to top the group with maximum points from three games.
In the two games they have played the Cork school gave a very good account of themselves, losing to St. Caimin’s by five points and to Charleville CBS by three, and the loss of Paul Fitzgerald through injury isn’t going to make their task any easier today.
Our Lady’s win.
MIDLETON should secure the win which would give them a place in the last eight after Christmas. The failure of some of the hurling schools in Kerry to make players available hasn’t helped their cause and there is a real danger of them being swamped in this game.
Midleton CBS win
IN this game St. Colman’s should have little difficulty in seeing off Waterford Colleges to reach the quarter-final stage. When it was first introduced, the amalgamation of a number of schools looked a good idea, but it has failed to take off and there is likely to be a rethink.
St. Colman’s win.
FORMER champions DLS Waterford cannot make the knockout stages, but would like nothing better than to claim the scalp of Flannan’s, who are already through.
In what is regarded as the toughest group of the four, DLS have failed to win any of their two games, but if they play with a bit of pride and passion, could end their season on a winning note.
St. Flannan’s win.