The Thurles CBS team which won the Dr Harty Cup in 2015.
Thurles CBS’ eagerly-anticipated last sixteen Dr Harty Cup clash with Abbey CBS at Dundrum on Thursday afternoon, December 1st was postponed due to a frozen pitch - the details of the re-fixture are yet to be confirmed, but is it likely that the game will go ahead before the festive period.
The quarter-final draw is scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 15th - this will be an open draw with repeat pairings avoided where possible. The quarter-finals are scheduled for January 11th, semi-finals for January 28th and the Dr Harty Cup final is pencilled in for Saturday, February 18th.
On Wednesday, November 30th Nenagh CBS progressed to the last eight of the Dr Harty Cup, but only after a tense contest with Castletroy College. Entering the final quarter Nenagh CBS trailed Castletroy College by a point (0-14 to 1-12) despite looking the more accomplished outfit in Newport. However, Nenagh CBS saw out the game well and won this contest with seven to spare (1-20 to 1-13).
Meanwhile in Ballyagran, Limerick on Wednesday, November 30th Our Lady’s Templederry signalled their intent and ability when beating Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh, Bandon by a whopping 42 points (6-27 to 0-3). Our Lady’s led that contest 2-13 to 0-1 at the break.
Borris-Ileigh’s Ray McCormack fired home three goals while Shane Doyle, Gearóid O’Connor and Andrew Ormonde plundered one each. The Our Lady’s team, of course, features three players, namely Paddy Cadell, Lyndon Fairbrother and Brian McGrath, who helped to propel Tipperary to the All-Ireland minor title in September.
The Our Lady’s Templemore team lined out as follows: Eoin Collins (Drom & Inch), Delacy Byrne (Clonakenny), Páraic Campion (Drom & Inch), Neil Quinlan (JK Bracken’s), Éanna McBride (JK Bracken’s), Paddy Cadell (JK Bracken’s), Aidan O’Meara (Drom & Inch), Stephen Nolan (Drom & Inch, 0-5, 0-2 frees), Diarmuid Ryan (Clonakenny, 0-3), Jerry Kelly (Borris-Ileigh, 0-1), Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney, 0-6, 0-5 frees), Shane Doyle (JK Bracken’s, 1-2), Andrew Ormonde (JK Bracken’s, 1-2), Ray McCormack (Borris-Ileigh, 3-1), Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Bracken’s, 0-2). Subs: David O’Shea (JK Bracken’s, 0-1) for Aidan O’Meara, Seán Ryan (Templederry Kenyons) for Brian McGrath, James Gilmartin (Roscrea) for Lyndon Fairbrother, James Morrissey (Moyne-Templetuohy, 0-2) for Jerry Kelly and Gearóid O’Connor (Moyne-Templetuohy, 1-2) for Shane Doyle.
Our Lady’s Templemore featured in the 2016 final, but lost out to Limerick’s Árdscoil Rís - Our Lady’s won the coveted Munster colleges title once previously (1978). Meanwhile Thurles CBS are seeking their ninth provincial under-18.5A colleges’ title this term, a title the famed secondary school last won in 2015. Nenagh CBS have never won the Dr Harty Cup while Abbey CBS, Tipperary won the title on one previous occasion (1959).
Defending champions Árdscoil Rís, Limerick saw off the challenge of Scoil na mBráithre Rathluirc (4-16 to 1-7) in their last sixteen clash and they will be joined in the last eight by De La Salle College, Waterford who beat Blackwater Community School, Lismore (1-18 to 0-16). Christian Brothers College, Cork beat St Francis College, Rochestown (3-18 to 3-12) on Wednesday while CBS Midleton got the better of Scoil Na Trionóide Doon (1-15 to 1-12).
Therefore the winner of the re-scheduled clash between Thurles CBS and Abbey CBS will join Nenagh CBS, Our Lady's Templemore, Árdscoil Rís, Christian Brothers College, De La Salle and CBS Midleton in the last eight.
The only other outstanding last sixteen fixture will take place on Wednesday, December 7th when Coláiste Cholmáin, Fermoy take on St Flannan’s, Ennis.
To read a report on Nenagh CBS’ seven-point win over Castletroy College please click here.