Castletroy set for Harty Cup debut

CASTLETROY College will make history this afternoon in Feenagh when they compete for the first time ever in the Dr Harty Cup as they face Kerry Colleges in Group D.

The Limerick school, only established in 2000, have previously excelled on the rugby stage winning the Munster schools senior and junior cups in 2008.

In recent years they have made progress in hurling and this year opted to enter a team in the Dr Harty Cup. Their team will feature Killian Enright, who came on as a substitute for Ahane in the Limerick senior hurling final recently, and Gearóid Hegarty, son of former senior great Ger and a member of the Limerick minor hurling panel this season. The match is a key game for Kerry Colleges in this three-team group as they suffered a six-point defeat against Nenagh CBS in the opening round.

Reigning champions Ardscoil Rís can take a major step towards qualification for the quarter-finals if they achieve victory against Coláiste Chríost Rí in this afternoon’s Group A clash in Mallow. Both the Limerick school and their Cork opponents emerged successful in their opening group games, and the victors of today’s encounter will enjoy top spot in the group heading into the final stages. Despite having few survivors from last year’s title winning team, Ardscoil Rís fashioned a 2-21 to 1-16 victory over De La Salle in the opening round with Jamie Shanahan, who will feature for Sixmilebridge in the Clare SHC final next Sunday, Jack Kelliher and Barry O’Connell in terrific form. Coláiste Chríost Rí will be backboned by Alan O’Callaghan, Eoin Smith and Calum Crowe.

Elsewhere in Group A, De La Salle (Waterford), who will field county minors Darragh Flynn and Adam O’Sullivan, and Charleville CBS, spearheaded by James O’Brien and Cork minor Pa O’Callaghan, are in pursuit of their first victory of the competition when they meet in Fermoy.

In Group B, Midleton CBS face Our Lady’s (Templemore) in Cahir in a repeat of last year’s quarter-final. Both schools were successful in their opening ties with the East Cork outfit having key players in Dillon Cahill, Patrick White and Ian Kennefick while the Tipperary school have excellent marksmen in John McGrath and Shane Hassett. Coláiste na nDéise, with Cathal Curran and Tadhg Burke on board, face a St Caimin’s side, anchored by Shane Gleeson and Shane O’Leary, in the other game in this group in Golden.

In Group C, two of the competition’s traditional heavyweights go head to head in Charleville when St Flannan’s (Ennis) play St Colman’s (Fermoy). Clare minors Jack Browne, Tony Kelly and Peter Duggan were to the fore in St Flannan’s opening round victory over Thurles CBS, while Daniel Mangan and Anthony Spillane excelled for St Colman’s when they drew with Blackwater CS.

Also in this group, Clonmel will host the meeting of Thurles CBS and Blackwater CS.

All of this afternoon’s seven games will commence at 2.30pm.

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