Saturday 21 October 2017

Con chasing Cup five-in-a-row

The Division 1A outfit are the reigning champions in the competition after they dispatched Galwegians in the final at Crowley Park last season. Photo: Getty
The Division 1A outfit are the reigning champions in the competition after they dispatched Galwegians in the final at Crowley Park last season. Photo: Getty

Daragh Small

Cork Con are looking to defend their Bateman Cup title when they host Buccaneers at Temple Hill tomorrow.

The Division 1A outfit are the reigning champions in the competition after they dispatched Galwegians in the final at Crowley Park last season.

Galwegians had become the first Connacht side to reach the final of the All-Ireland Cup but were hammered 38-19 in April 2016.

That victory made it an unprecedented four Bateman Cup titles in a row for the Cork side, and they will hope to go one step closer to their fifth title in as many years this weekend.

Cork Con are second in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A standings this term. They are four points behind leaders Lansdowne and have won seven of their nine games in 2016-'17.

Despite being in Division 1B, Buccaneers are a formidable opponent, and are top of their league standings. They completed a fifth Connacht league and cup double when they beat Corinthians on January 6 and will be full of confidence.

Elsewhere in the Ulster Bank League, Division 1A and 1B are still on their Christmas break - they return when the B&I Cup pool games conclude at the end of January.

In the meantime the lower divisions kick back into gear this weekend. In Division 2A, Highfield clash with Banbridge, Nenagh Ormond play Blackrock, Cashel are against Queen's University and Sunday's Well play Corinthians.

In 2B, Old Crescent host Dungannon and Thomond clash with Greystones. In the bottom tier, Kanturk are at Boyne, Midleton play Tullamore and Bruff are against Rainey.

Irish Independent

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