Two of the four groups consist of four teams and they conclude today, with two of the qualification spots from those sections already decided.
Both of the teams already through are in Group 4, with Castletroy College and Cork’s Christian Brothers College having already each won two games. Their clash in Ballyagran is merely to determine which of them tops the group, so the other game, between St Flannan’s College and CBS HS Clonmel is merely a matter of pride.
Champions Thurles CBS are almost certain of advancing from Group 3, having beaten St Colman’s College of Fermoy and Doon’s Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa by a combined total of 20 points.
Were Thurles to lose to Nenagh CBS in Templemore and St Colman’s beat Doon (switched from Kilmallock to the Gaelic Grounds), then there would be a three-way tie, with scoring difference coming into play.
If Colman’s match Nenagh’s result, they will edge out the Tipp school on a head-to-head breakdown, having beaten them 2-14 to 0-10 last time out.
Groups 1 and 2 each comprise five teams and so the qualifiers may not be finalised until after final round of games on December 16.
There is one game in Group 1 today, with Midleton CBS facing Blackwater CS in Fermoy.
Midleton have already beaten the eliminated Hamilton HS of Bandon and lost to last Ardscoil Rís while their Lismore opponents have to win to keep their chances of progress alive.
With Ardscoil having had three wins to date, they will seek to finish their group campaign with 100%record as they take on Waterford’s De La Salle tomorrow.
De La Salle have won two games themselves, however, and a win for them could create the possibility of a three-way tie, dependent on other results.
Group 2 is another where the picture should be a lot clearer by this evening.
St Francis College ,Rochestown play their fourth and final game against Charleville CBS in Mourneabbey, knowing that a win will send them through.
If Charleville claim the points, it would give them great chance, while in the other game a win for Our Lady’s Secondary School of Templemore would ensure qualification while also ending the slim chances of Youghal’s Pobalscoil na Tríonóide.