Tuesday 17 October 2017

Rock to start title defence against CBC Monkstown

Leinster's Isaac Boss is on the coaching staff of Terenure
Leinster's Isaac Boss is on the coaching staff of Terenure

Rugby Tony Ward

Holders Blackrock College will take on local rivals CBC Monkstown in the opening round of the 2014 Beauchamps Leinster Schools Senior Cup.

The tie will take place at Donnybrook on a date to be announced later in the week.

In the standout match, St Michael's, runners up to Blackrock in last year's scintillating final, will face a Terenure College side whose coaching staff includes Leinster and Ireland scrum-half Isaac Boss.

Boss was one of three Leinster players, along with Martin Moore (ex-Castleknock) and Ian Madigan (ex-Blackrock) charged with responsibility for making last night's draw.

Senior League finalists Cistercian College Roscrea and Newbridge College have also been drawn together in the opening round of the main competition while Clongowes Wood and Kilkenny College will also face off.

In the Vinnie Murray Cup, Gonzaga and one of the Bray schools -- St Gerard's or Pres -- will be favoured to make it through to the Section 'B' Cup final and, by extension, through to the main event.

In the Junior Cup, CBC certainly drew the short straw when again coming out alongside cup holders Blackrock in the opening round.

Two other outstanding ties see an all-Jesuit showdown between Gonzaga and one of this year's competition favourites Belvedere while in an all-Spiritan clash, St Mary's College, Rathmines will meet sister school St Michael's.

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In the Fr Godfrey Cup, Wesley or High School in the upper half and either Roscrea or King's Hospital at the lower end will be fancied to make it through to the main tournament and a meeting with St Gerard's or CUS as Qualifiers 1 and 2 respectively.

Both Junior and Senior Cup competitions will operate the open or rolling draw policy that was trialled in 2013 for the first time.

In Munster the dual first and second-round qualifying system will again apply, with Senior Cup holders Crescent College Comprehensive taking on CBC on January 29. PBC will kick the tournament into gear when facing the 'B' School qualifier on January 15.

The winner of that will then front up to St Munchin's in the first qualifying round.

In the Junior competition, Pres and Christians will meet in the big Leeside derby, while holders Castletroy College await the winner of St Munchin's and the 'B' School qualifier in Qualifying Round 1.

In Connacht, the Champions League-style pool system will be replicated across all four cups at senior and junior levels.

In the senior competition, Pool A comprises Summerhill College, Rice College, Colaiste Iognaid (the Jes) and Garbally College while Sligo Grammar, St Josephs (the Bish), Clifden Community School and holders Marist College make up Pool B.

The top two teams in each pool will proceed through to the semi-final.

In Ulster, the post-Christmas rolling draw in both senior and medallion will again operate.

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