A TRIO of Limerick colleges bid for Harty Cup quarter final spots this Wednesday.
Ardscoil Ris, Castletroy College and Doon’s Scoil Na Trionoide will be hoping to extend their Munster Post Primary Schools Senior A Hurling Championship until at least January 11.
Champions Ardscoil Ris will play Charleville CBS in a repeat of the 2011 final in Kilmallock; Castletroy College play Nenagh CBS in Newport and Doon play Midleton CBS in Charleville – all at 1.30.
Champions Ardscoil Ris are backboned by a key sextet, who played in Limerick’s All Ireland MHC final loss to Tipperary in Croke Park in September – Brian Ryan (South Liberties), Darragh Carroll (Newport), David Woulfe (Kilmallock), Paul O’Brien (Mungret), Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh) and Ronan Connolly (Adare).
The North Circular Road secondary school are managed by teachers Liam Cronin and Derek Larkin with coaching from Damien Gillane (Patrickswell) and Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock).
Castletroy College are managed by teachers Liam Reale and Leonard Coughlan.
They can call upon four players that were part of the 2016 county minor panel – Conor Nicholas, Mark O’Dwyer (both Monaleen), Dan Minihan and Ciaran Barry (both Ahane).
Doon have teachers Diarmuid McCarthy and Diarmuid Carr in their management and arrive in the last 16 with wins over Kilmallock’s Colaiste Iosaef and Cork’s CBC.