Tuesday 25 October 2016

Con eye Bateman Cup four-in-a-row in four-pronged push for glory

Published 29/04/2016 | 02:30

Cork Constitution players run onto the pitch ahead of last year's final Photo: Sportsfile
Cork Constitution players run onto the pitch ahead of last year's final Photo: Sportsfile

Cork Constitution booked a spot in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A final with a hard fought win over Young Munster last Saturday at Temple Hill.

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Their senior side have another chance of silverware this weekend as they take on Galwegians in the Bateman Cup final tomorrow in Crowley Park.

Con are aiming for an All-Ireland Cup four-in-a-row but will face a determined Wegians side that were relegated from the top flight on points difference on the last day of the regular season.

The trophy has come to Munster on seven occasions - the winners from the province are Young Munster in 1928, University College Cork in 1936, Bruff in 2011, Garryowen in '12 and Con in '13, '14 and '15.

Should Con defend their title, they will put themselves in a position to equal the record number of wins as Lansdowne, who won the first Bateman Cup title in 1922 and completed a hat-trick of wins in the 1929-31 era.

Cork are chasing silverware on several fronts.

As well as competing for the Bateman Cup and All-Ireland League Division 1 titles, the Temple Hill Junior side will face Young Munster this weekend in the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup final at Thomond Park Stadium.

Adding to their remarkable season, Cork Con have reached their fourth consecutive Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup final and will meet the winners of Old Crescent and Young Munster in the other semi final this weekend.

The final is set for Thomond Park Stadium tomorrow week.

Ulster Bank Fixtures


Bateman Cup final: Galwegians v Cork Con, Crowley Park

Junior Cup final: Young Munster v Cork Con, Thomond Park, 3.30


Division 1A final: Clontarf v Cork Constitution, Aviva Stadium, 2.30

Saturday, May 14

Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup final: Cork Con v Old Crescent/Young Munster, Thomond Park, 2.30

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