St Munchin’s were beaten in the final of last year’s Munster Senior Cup and a lot of the same players are back again for another shot at the title this time around.
FIRST CUP: v PBC at 3pm in Corbally on Wednesday, January 30
COACHING TEAM: Head coach: Ger Slattery, Backs coach: Tadhg Bennett, Forwards coach: Ger Burke, Half-backs coach: Conor Gallagher; Manager: Eric Nelligan; Director of Rugby: John Broderick, Kit and supplies: Fintan Richardson.
LAST CUP SUCCESS: 2006
LAST SEASON: Beaten 6-5 in the final by Rockwell College
SQUAD: Antoine Sheehy, Alan Wallace, Ben Kilkenny, Bobby Price, David Begley, Colin Duggan, Dan Goggin, Dean Cronin, Dylan Kelly, Tom O’Dwyer, Edward O’Keeffe, Eoghan Brennan*, Gary Bateman*, Jake Elliot, Jake Healy, James Clancy*, John Sheehan, Jordan Prenderville, Keelan Stephenson, Kelton Faloon, Killian Browne, Lee Nicholas, Luke Kennedy, Luke O’Halloran, Nathan Nugent, Peter Meyer, Ryan Meagher*, Ryan Tsang*, Sean O’Dea, Shane King, Shane Airey (Vice-Captain), Shane Halpin, Shane O’Mullen*, Stephen Collins, Thomas Madden, Brendan Keogh, Shane Doona, Ben Kilkenny, Brendan Keogh, Ryan Meagher, Gary Bateman.
CAPTAIN: Lee Nicholas
STAR MAN: Dan Goggin has played at U-19 level for both Ireland and Munster
REPRESENTATIVE PLAYERS: Ben Kilkenny and Edward O’Keeffe, Ryan Tsang (Munster Schools), Luke O’Halloran (Munster and Ireland Schools), David Begley, John Sheehan, Shane Doona, Tom O’Dwyer, Brendan Keogh (Munster U-19 Development), Lee Nicholas (Munster U-19s), Shane Airey (Munster U-20 Development), Dan Goggin (Munster and Ireland U-19s)
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: Ben Kilkenny is a nephew of Munster, Ireland and Lions hooker, Keith Wood
PROSPECTS: They fell agonisingly short in last year’s final against Rockwell but a good crew of the same players are back again for another shot at glory. They play PBC in the opening round in a repeat of last year’s semi-final and a win there would give them a quarter-final against the losers of Rockwell and Crescent. Win that and it’s likely CBC would be their semi-final opponents. It’s a tough route - and they didn’t exactly set the world on fire in pre-season - but they can get back to the final again