ARDSCOIL Ris are favourites with the bookmakers to claim the Munster Schools Senior Cup for the first time in their history this season. The North Circular Road side open their campaign against Glenstal Abbey at Rosbrien this Thursday, January, 30.
Coaching team: James Hickey (Coach); Mossy Lawler (Coach); Enda Gavigan (Manager); Harry Ryan (Kitman); Jamie Tuohy (Medic)
Last cup success: None
Last season: Lost 12-19 to St Munchin’s College in the quarter-finals
Squad: Hugh Bourke, Killian Bracken, Liam Brock, Lloyd Whyte, Andy Coffee, Joe Cannon*, Ryan Earls, Shane Fenton*, Stephen Fitzgerald* (Capt), Robbie Graham, Ciaran Cusack, Dylan McMahon, Paul McNamara, Barra O’Byrne, Darragh Ryan, Joey Walshe*, Diarmud Scannell, Brion Moriarty*, Patrick Staff*, Tom Walsh, Kelvin Brown*, David O’Mahony*, Jack O’Halloran*, Darragh Ryan, Jerry McCabe, Jack O’Donnell, Oisin Bernard, Pierce Lyons, James Shorten.
Captain: Stephen Fitzgerald
Representative players: Jack O’Halloran, Stephen Fitzgerald, Brion Moriarty (all Munster U-19), Kelvin Brown, Shane Fenton, David O’Mahony (all Munster U-18)
Star man: Shane Fenton. Has been involved with the Ireland U-18 schools squad this season. One of nine survivors from last season’s Senior Cup squad.
Prospects: Ardscoil Ris are bookies favourites to win the Senior Cup for the first time this year. No doubting the team’s playing quality and the North Circular Road side lack for nothing in terms of preparation given their excellent management team. Will be fancied to get past Glenstal Abbey in the opening round and so secure home advantage for the knock-out stages of the competition.