One of the sides that are through, St Brendan’s College of Killarney, will still be trying to ensure that they top Group B, when they face Coláiste na Sceilge in Cromane.
It is the second meeting of the sides inside a week, with Brendan’s victorious (2-12 to 0-9) in Thursday’s O’Sullivan Cup final (Kerry schools senior championship), with David Shaw and David Clifford impressing for them.
If ‘The Sem’ win, then the second qualifying spot may be decided by scoring difference.
St Flannan’s College, Ennis — who face Abbey CBS of Tipperary town in Claughaun in the group’s other game — drew with Sceilge, whose points difference is currently 14 better than the Clare school.
In Group C, the winners of the last three titles, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, face Cork’s Coláiste Chríost Rí in Fitzgerald Stadium in a play-off for the runners-up spot.
Both schools have already lost to Rathmore’s Pobalscoil Sliabh Luachra, who face the already-eliminated DLS Macroom in Mallow, with Rathmore knowing that their status as group winners cannot be affected.
Both Group A and Group D still have a number of permutations. CBS HS Clonmel have won both of their Group A games and victory against Tralee CBS in Glanworth (with a throw-in of 1pm — all other matches are 1.30pm) will ensure that they top the section. Should Tralee win, however, both they and Clonmel would be on four points and St Francis College, Rochestown would also reach that tally if they beat IS Killorglin, who have yet to claim a point, in Millstreet.
It’s a similar situation in Group D. Clonakilty CC, who have already beaten Skibbereen’s St Fachtna’s and Mercy Mounthawk of Tralee, meet Coláiste Choilm in Brinny.
Coláiste Choilm need to win and hope that Fachtna’s, who can’t qualify, can overcome Mercy Mounthawk, a situation which would send them through as group winners.
A Clon win would see them top the group and leave Tralee’s qualification in their own hands, while Coláiste Choilm and Tralee wins would see a three-way tie.
Meanwhile Christian Brothers College, Cork, earned their first piece of Munster silverware at Shanballymore yesterday, claiming the Corn Shéamais Uí Dhonnchú (Munster U16½ B hurling) title after a titanic struggle with Tipperary’s Abbey CBS, winning 0-9 to 0-6. Inspired by Cork minor panellist, Robert Downey, and the power and prowess of Tommy O’Connell, Seán Dolan and Denis McBarron, CBC overturned a 0-4 to 0-2 half-time deficit to run out deserving winners.
Led in defence by goalkeeper and captain, Daithí Heffernan (son of former Limerick star, Pat), Christians’ teak-tough defence again proved impenetrable, having not conceded a goal in the four rounds of competition.
Despite the best efforts of Abbey’s Niall Heffernan, Fergus Halligan and ace freetaker, Aidan Griffin, Christians finished the fourth quarter in style and lift their first provincial hurling title.
T O’Connell (0-6, 4f); D McBarron (0-2), S Barrett (0-1).
A Griffin (0-5f); N Heffernan (0-1).
D Heffernan (capt.) (Mallow); D Murphy (Sars), B Slattery (Mallow), S Greene (Blackrock); M Crowley (Sars), R Downey (Glen Rovers), A Cronin (Glen Rovers); T O’Connell (Midleton), J Cremin (Douglas); S Dolan (Sars), D McCarthy (Sars), M Palmer (Sars); C O’Flynn (Na Piarsaigh), B Hartnett (Douglas), D McBarron (Carrigaline).
D Barry (Sars) for Cronin; S Barrett (Blarney) for Palmer; N Hartnett (Douglas) for B Hartnett.
C Ryan (Arravale Rovers); C Leahy (do.), B Barlow (Golden/Kilfeacle), C O’Halloran (Lattin/Cullen); P Devlin (Éire Óg Annacarthy / Donohill), N Heffernan (capt.) (Golden/Kilfeacle), T Byron (Galtee Rovers); E McCormack (Knockavilla / Donaskeigh Kickhams), T Corcoran (Lattin / Cullen); C O’Dwyer ((Knockavilla / Donaskeigh Kickhams), F Halligan (Arravale Rovers), M Moroney (do.); A Griffin (Éire Óg Annacarthy / Donohill), J Lowry (Arravale Rvs.), A McGrath (Galtee Rovers)
K Walsh (Clare).