Ardee and Carnew gear up for Anne McInerney Cup final
The Anne McInerney Cup final takes place between Ardee Community School and Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew in Donnybrook at 3.0 today.
Formally known as The Senior Schools Development Cup, the competition has been renamed after Anne McInerney, a Leinster branch stalwart, who sadly passed away last year.
Anne served as Leinster schools administrator for 15 years.
She loved rugby and this was obvious through her work, especially the unenviable task of organising the schools calendar for the ever growing number of schools competitions throughout the year.
She worked tirelessly to advance Leinster schools rugby.
The renaming of this cup is a small gesture to acknowledge Anne's contribution over the years.
The Leinster School's Development Cup is the entry level rugby competition for secondary schools newly or recently affiliated to the Leinster Branch of the IRFU.
Senior Schools Cup Rugby is divided into four tiers in two sections and each cup competition bears a name as follows: Section A Leinster Schools Rugby Anne McInerney Cup, Section A Leinster Schools Rugby McMullen Cup, Section B Leinster Schools Vinnie Murray Cup and the Section B Leinster Schools Senior Cup Challenge Cup.
Each competition provides a pathway to the next through qualification for the semi-finalists or finalists depending on each level.
This year's competition has been the biggest yet and has seen some sensational encounters.
The two finalists have had impressive runs to the final.
Ardee CS began their campaign by running up 51 points against Ardgillan Community School and Gormanston College.
Things were tighter in their last-16 encounter with St Ciarans CS, Kells as they put their shoulder to the wheel to advance to the quarter-finals.
Their next opponents were Dunshauglin Community College, who resisted bravely before succumbing to a more clinical opponent. Ardee's semi-final against Salesian College was an epic tussle, with the Louth school prevailing 36-32.
Coláiste Bhríde had an equally impressive run to the final. They also scored over 50 points in their opening match against Scoil Chonglais Baltinglass before moving on to defeat Presentation De La Salle Bagenalstown.
Coláiste Bhríde managed to maintain this high level of performance in the McMullen cup and so they were fighting on a number of fronts as the season continued.
Their quarter-final against Ardscoil na Tríonóide saw them kick on in comprehensive fashion to a semi-final meeting with Moyne CS. A close match saw Colaiste Bhride prevail 18-7 and take their place in the final.