Thomond ready to play host to two keenly-contested finals
Thomond Park will host two North Munster finals on Sunday.
First up is the Carroll Plate final as Kilfeacle and District take on St Mary's at 2.00pm, with Shannon facing Thomond at 4.00pm in the Webb Cup final.
Both competitions take place annually between the second XVs of Junior clubs and the third XVs of Senior clubs in the North Munster area and have been fiercely contested down through the years.
This year will be the 44th running of the much sought-after Webb Cup.
The trophy was donated by the Webb Family in 1972 in memory of Sean Webb, who died at a tragically young age a few years before. The Webb family have strong links to the UL Bohemian club since the 1960s.
Fittingly, the first winners of the trophy were Bohemians, who defeated Young Munster in that first final, and thereafter the competition became one of the most keenly contested trophies in the North Munster region. Two of Sean Webb's brothers, Pat and the late Mickey, were on that first Bohemian winning team.
The Carroll plate is a competition played in memory of the late Brendan Carroll from Bruff RFC. Brendan was an outstanding player in the early years of the club and is a former club captain, first team manager and club treasurer.
His four sons all played with Bruff RFC - his eldest son John is currently the club treasurer and coach of the U-20s and wife Lena is the vice-president of the club.
The Carroll Plate has been running for over 20 years and this is the first year that the final has been held outside of Bruff.
Carroll Plate Final: Kilfeacle and District v St Mary's, Thomond Park, 2.00pm;
Webb Cup Final: Shannon v Thomond, Thomond Park, 4.00pm
Munster Juniors to face Leinster in Cobh
The Munster Junior team start their interprovincial campaign on Saturday with a mouthwatering clash against current holders Leinster at Cobh Pirates RFC (k.o 2.30pm).
Munster will be keen to avenge last year’s 13-8 defeat as Leinster prevented John O’Neill’s side from retaining the trophy.
The game will feature some of the top junior rugby players in the country and, like all Munster v Leinster clashes, is set to be a very exciting encounter.