Winners of all three of last year’s ‘A’ grade competitions, the Dingle school can call on the bulk of their 2011 Frewen Cup winning team, and look to carry two much power for the Clare side.
Game of the round should be all-Kerry clash of arch rivals St. Brendan’s and Tralee CBS at Firies.
Tralee lost their opening game while ‘The Sem’ are making their debut in this year’ championship, something that may work against them.
The clash of Rochestown College and West Clare Schools at Bruff takes on added significance as both schools lost their opening games. The Cork men are backed by players from St. Finbarrs, Nemo Rangers, St. Michael’s and Douglas, all of whom have figured in this year’s county premier MFC, and that should give then the edge.
Former champions DLS Macroom and IS Killorglin are involved in a crunch tie at Rathmore. Both schools won their opening game and defeat could knock out of them out of the title race. DLS get the nod to survive.
Coláiste Chríost Rí face a tricky opening against St. Flannan’s at Kilmallock. The Ennis side won their opening game against Coláiste na Sceilge and it should give them the confidence to face a school with a tremendous record at this level.
With football at an all-time high at underage level in Tipperary, expect Clonmel CBS to pick up the two points against West Limerick at Ballybricken. With two points already in the bag from their outing against North Clare Schools, the CBS need to win to remain in the hunt for the last eight.
In the Harty Cup, Charleville CBS face Our Lady’s, Templemore in Tipperary Town while on Friday Dungarvan CBS, with four points from three games, faceGaelscoil Mhuire in Castlemartyr.
There are signs of a hurling revival in the Cork school if their qualification for this year’s Dean Ryan Cup final is any indication, and they’ll push their opponents all the way on Friday.
All games have a 1.30pm throw-in.