The Kerry school are chasing their first title in the grade since 2008 when they defeated High School Clonmel while St Flannan’s claimed the honours in the decider against the Tipperary school 12 months ago.
When the schools met in the Corn Uí Mhuirí quarter-final in January, Tralee triumphed by 1-15 to 1-12 and they can call on members of their senior squad from that game for today’s final.
Their side will be captained by midfielder Niall Sheehy and the John Mitchels player has been in exceptional form in recent games. Ronan Quill, a brother of former Kerry senior Declan, Jake Moran, Danny Carroll, Jack Savage and Argent Kastrati are other key players in the Tralee line-up. They have been to the fore in helping them claim the scalps of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne and Coláiste na Sceilige in earlier rounds.
St Flannan’s will take encouragement from how close their senior side ran Tralee in Corn Uí Mhuirí while their U15 side reached the final of Corn Ui Mhoráin before Christmas. Cian Crimmins, Dara Walsh and Eoin Hanrahan will be in line to feature for the Ennis school.
Tralee CBS will be on their guard entering the game as the school seeks to avoid a repeat of the 2006 Corn Ui Mhuiri semi-final when a St Flannan’s side shocked a highly-rated team from the Kerry school. But this bunch have displayed superb form and have the scoretakers in Sheehy, Carroll and Quill to fire them to glory.