Eligibility objection delays Munster Schools Senior Cup

The Munster Schools Senior Cup has been held up after St Munchin’s lodged an objection against Ardscoil Rís, who defeated them 18-15 at Clifford Park last week.

St Munchin’s were due to travel to face Bandon Grammar School in the competition this afternoon but it has been deferred while a resolution is found to the objection.

St Munchin’s contend that Ardscoil fielded an illegal player in their defeat.

David Quilter, the college principal at St Munchin’s, yesterday issued the following email: “In light of the recent issue regarding player eligibility for the Munster Schools Senior Cup and the lack of clarity in the decision making process, St Munchin’s College has formally requested an EGM of the Munster Schools Committee so that the various concerns can be addressed in an open and transparent forum. 

“At this time St Munchin’s College will be making no further comment on this issue.”

It is understood that contact has been made with St Munchin’s by the rugby committee of the Munster Branch and the matter is due to be discussed today between the concerned parties.

Should St Munchin’s prove unsuccessful in their objection, they would have a right to appeal, which could cause further delays to the competition.

The quarter-finals are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week.

In the meantime, this afternoon’s Senior Cup clash of Crescent and Glenstal will go ahead at Thomond Park (3.30pm). 

Although Crescent went down 17-7 in the first round against CBC, they are still regarded as strong contenders for the title. 

And much the same applies to Glenstal, who lost 18-16 to bookmakers’ favourites Castletroy and go into the game encouraged by their defeat of Crescent in last year’s competition.

The Munster Schools Junior Cup tie between Bandon and Castletroy fixed for Bandon this afternoon has been postponed because of ground conditions.

The Munster Schools Junior Cup meeting of St Clements and Ardscoil Rís goes ahead at Thomond Park (2pm), probably on the back pitch.

GLENSTAL (probable): J Mawhinney; B Moloney, L Fitzgerald, J Stafford capt, G Daly; B Healy, R Johnston; P Moloney, G Downing, E Bergin, T Broderick, S Downes, R Clarke, M Fleming, J Williams.

CRESCENT (probable): D Hurley; G Dickenson, C Nash capt,, B O’Hara, J Fehilly; M Hanly, J Lyons; J Henchy, J Barry, T Connolly, F Coleman, J Blake, N Mulcahy, P Hickey, B Falloon capt.


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