Monday 11 December 2017

Schools, clubs and provincial sides all bid to push on

Waterpark celebrate their Bank of Ireland Munster U-16 title (INPHO/Ryan Byrne)
Waterpark celebrate their Bank of Ireland Munster U-16 title (INPHO/Ryan Byrne)
The various captains at the Bank of Ireland Munster Schools Senior Cup launch (INPHO/James Crombie)

Ulster Bank league Division 1 resumes on January 2 when Young Munster, positioned fifth in the table travel to struggling Galwegians.

Garryowen lead the way for the Munster clubs in fourth position behind Dublin trio UCD, Clontarf and Old Belvedere while Cork Constitution sit third from the bottom.

In Division 1B Shannon are fifth position, with UL Bohemian and Dolphin in the bottom three. Dolphin will hope to improve their position tomorrow when they host Blackrock College.

With four Munster clubs competing in Division 2A, Cashel lead the way for the province at third position behind Banbridge and Malone. UCC and Nenagh Ormond are in mid-table while Thomond are the bottom two, just ahead of Galway Corinthians.

The Galway side host Cashel tomorrow while UCC and Thomond battle it out at the Mardyke.

Cork clubs Highfield and Sundays Well are Munster's representatives in Division 2B and are third and fourth respectively. With two games in hand, Highfield will set out to claim Greystone's second spot when they travel to basement boys MU Barnhall on January 2.

Old Crescent top the table in Division 2C, with Bruff third. Fifth-placed Midleton travel to Kanturk on Saturday, January 2 in the division's opening game of the new year. The home side will be hoping to secure a win to improve their position in the bottom three.

The Bank Of Ireland Munster Senior Cup is now at the quarter-final stage and there is a Limerick derby tonight (7.30 kick-off) at Clifford Park between Young Munster and UL Bohemian.

There will be a repeat of last year's final tomorrow when reigning champions Cork Constitution host Garryowen at Temple Hill, as the Cork side bid for their fourth title in a row. The remaining two quarter finals continue in the new year- UCC host Old Crescent and Nenagh are at home to Dolphin.

Clonmel lead Division 1 of the Munster Junior League. The division finishes up for the year this Sunday when Muskerry host Waterpark at Ellis Park.

Abbeyfeale lead Division 2, with Cobh a close second.

Division 3 will resume in the new year as table-toppers Youghal set out to retain their position.


Following their Interprovincial title win in September, five of the Munster Women's squad were part of the UL Bohemian outfit that finished up top of the league table.

The Limerick women took on reigning AIL champions Old Belvedere last Saturday at Donnybrook in the play-offs, but the Dubliners denied table-toppers Bohs their 12th title by a 19-17 margin.

In a successful interprovincial series for Munster, the U-20s and U-19s joined the Women in championship success.

Out-half Bill Johnston, who was part of the triumphant Munster U-20 squad was selected on the Munster Rugby Greencore Academy and represented his province at senior level in pre-season fixtures against Grenoble, Connacht and London Irish.

The province's clubs are currently competing in the Bank Of Ireland Munster U-18 and Munster U-16 Club competitions, which started in the end of September.

There are six conferences in each age group, with the top three teams in each qualifying for the Cup.

Newcastle West will set out to defend their U-18 title while Waterpark hope to reclaim the U-16 trophy.

Two of the Munster Schools competitions have been completed - Presentation Brothers College retained the McCarthy Cup and fellow Cork school Christian Brothers College lifted the Bowen Shield in a tightly contested final against Bandon Grammar School at Irish Independent Park.

The Munster Schools Senior and Junior Cup kicks off on Tuesday, January 19 when Crescent College Comprehensive and Christian Brothers College face off at Thomond Park Stadium.

This season, there is a new-look format with the one draw corresponding to both Senior and Junior Cup fixtures.

On Wednesday, January 20, Glenstal Abbey entertain Castletroy College at Dooradoyle, while St Clements take on PBC at Rosbrien.

In an all-Limerick first-round showdown, Ard Scoil Rís, who have been Senior Cup finalists on the last two occasions, host St Munchin's College at Tom Clifford Park on Thursday, January 21.

Senior Cup champions Rockwell College take on Bandon Grammar School on Thursday, January 21 in Clanwilliam Park.

Junior Cup holders CBC will travel to Limerick to defend their title against Crescent College Comprehensive on the same day their senior side face the Dooradoyle school at Thomond Park.

The Senior Cup final has been fixed for Tuesday, March 8, while the Junior Cup final is on Sunday, March 13.

To finish off the year the Munster Development Squad take on Ireland U-20s in a challenge game on Monday at 1.0 in Irish Independent Park. This fixture promises to be a great opportunity for Munster fans to see the province's stars of tomorrow!

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