Terenure to end Clontarf reign
Terenure College's rise shows no signs of letting up and they will go into this afternoon's semi-final against Clontarf at Lakelands (3.0) full of confidence.
Just two seasons ago, 'Nure were competing in Division 2A and on their return to the top flight they are bidding to reach the final.
"If we get our performance right, I'd be fairly confident we'll get the result," coach James Blaney said.
A crowd of about 2,000 are expected to watch two sides who finished within a point of each other in the league standings, and although Terenure hold that advantage, they will be mindful that 'Tarf are defending champions.
'Tarf coach Andy Wood has been dealt a major blow as key player David Joyce has been ruled out with a shoulder injury but he is confident that his side can "rise to the challenge".
The influential out-half picked up the injury in last weekend's Bateman Cup final defeat but 'Tarf don't have time to dwell on that.
Stephen O'Neill ('Nure) and Matt D'Arcy ('Tarf) have been two of the stand-out backs this year and whichever one continues their good form today, may well decide what should be a titanic battle.
Verdict: Terenure College