Safety first as games called off

Health and safety was the primary reason behind the postponement of three Munster Schools Senior Cup quarter-finals fixed for yesterday and today.

However, the competition is still on course to be completed by the traditional final date of St Patrick’s Day.

Castletroy College are already in the semi-finals, having beaten Glenstal Abbey on Tuesday, but they will have to wait until the end of this month to find out who joins them in the last four.

The Munster Schools Committee yesterday had to call off the remaining three games between St Munchins and Rockwell, Ardscoil Rís and CBC and holders Crescent Comprehensive and PBC.

According to Dudley Herbert, Munster Branch Schools Honorary Secretary, it wasn’t necessarily because of the state of pitches but more based on the safety of travelling teams and supporters.

“We couldn’t take the risk having been told about orange and red alerts from the weather experts.”

With mid-term next week, the earliest possible dates for completion of those postponed quarter-finals are February 24/25/26 but the Munster authorities are happy it will allow enough time for the competition to be completed on schedule.

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