Waterpark chase titles at Thomond

Thomond Park will be a hive of activity today as the famous Limerick venue hosts the Bank of Ireland Munster U18 and U16 Cup and Bowl finals.

Waterpark chase titles at Thomond

The competitions have sparked huge interest in recent years and have unearthed several highly promising young players who are coming through the club rather than the schools system.

Waterpark may no longer be a force in the senior game but they are market leaders at underage level in the province.

Today, they bid for a hat-trick of titles in the U16 Cup but have a tough assignment against Bandon. The spirit in the Waterford club is sky high after the achievements of Jack O’Donoghue whose run of impressive performances with Munster have earned him a place in the Irish squad.

“The more the competition went on, the stronger we have become,” says Waterpark youth officer David Dawson. “This is a great opportunity for Waterpark and the lads are relishing the opportunity of playing in Thomond Park.”

The Waterpark U18 side defeated neighbours Dungarvan in last weekend’s semi-final to secure a date with Bruff.

Completing the underage double would be nothing new to Waterpark having done so in 2011 when it was graded U17 and U19. Jack O’Donoghue skippered the U17 side.

“When we did the double that year, Jack’s brother David was on the U19s,” says Dawson.

“His younger brother Nick is on our current U18s side.”

Today’s Club final schedule:

U16 Cup final:

Bandon v Waterpark, Thomond Park, 2.15pm.

U18 Cup final:

Bruff v Waterpark, Thomond Park, 4pm.

U18 Bowl final:

Kanturk v Ballincollig, Thomond Park back pitch, 2.15pm

U16 Bowl final:

Kilfeacle v Muskerry, Thomond Park back pitch, 11am.

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