'Rock' to kick off campaign against Bray
Defending champions Blackrock College will begin their quest to win the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup for the 70th time against Presentation College Bray.
The draw - conducted by injured Leinster warriors Jack McGrath, Nick McCarthy and Fergus McFadden - paired arch rivals Terenure and St Mary's, who are likely to kick-off proceedings at Energia Park on Sunday, January 27.
The two D6 schools will also meet in the opening round of the Junior Cup. Belvedere - foiled by Blackrock in their three-in-a-row bid - will meet 2015 Senior Cup winners Cistercian College Roscrea.
The draw presented a massive incentive to the minnows, with the finalists in the Fr Godfrey and Vinnie Murray Cup competitions drawn to play each other in the first round proper of both main tournaments.
Shadow favourites St Michael's will meet promising Kilkenny College in the opening round, while Senior League finalists Castleknock and Gonzaga will front up having completed the League final which is down for decision at Energia Park tomorrow.
Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup
First round: Wesley v Clongowes Wood; Vinnie Murray Cup Finalist 2 v Vinnie Murray Cup Finalist 1; Pres Bray v Blackrock; Kilkenny v St Michael's; Gonzaga v Castleknock; Belvedere v Cistercian Roscrea; Newbridge v St Gerard's; St Mary's v Terenure.
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Vinnie Murray Cup
First round: The King's Hospital v Tullow CS/Gorey CC; Newpark v St Fintan's; CUS v Gormanston; The High School v Salesian College.
First round byes: CBC Monkstown, St Andrew's, St Paul's/Wilson's Hospital, Temple Carrig.
CBC Monkstown will face St Andrew's in the second round; Temple Carrig School will face either St Paul's or Wilson's Hospital.
First round: Fr Godfrey Finalist 1 v Fr Godfrey Finalist 2; Gonzaga v Kilkenny; St Michael's v CBC Monkstown; Newbridge v Temple Carrig School; Wesley v Pres Bray; St Mary's v Terenure; Blackrock v Belvedere; Clongowes Wood v Castleknock.
Fr Godfrey Cup
First round: Newpark v The High School; CBS Naas v Duff Cup qualifier; St Ciarán's CS Kells v St Andrew's; Gorey CS v St Gerard's;
CUS v Cistercian Roscrea
First round byes: St Fintan's High School, Skerries Community College, The King's Hospital.
St Fintan's face Skerries CC in the second round; King's Hospital will play the winner of CUS v Roscrea.