THE 105th SEAT sponsored Munster Schools Senior Cup campaign provided its fair share of magical moments.
Limerick Leader rugby correspondent Colm Kinsella and sports editor, Steven Miller picked their team of the season from the Cup which produced a first all-Limerick final.
Champions Crescent lead the way with nine selections - helped in no small way by their impressive march to the title and the fact that they played more games than any of their rivals. Beaten finalists Ardscoil Ris have three. Castletroy, St Munchin’s and PBC have one each.
There is no selection from Rockwell, CBC or Glenstal, all of whom lost their two games.
15 Stephen Fitzgerald (Ardscoil)
THE Ardscoil Ris captain led by example as his side reached their first final in 18 years. Dependable and assured in defence, Fitzgerald, also a talented hurler, offers a high threat with ball in hand, ever eager to counter attack. Castletroy’s Conor Linehan and Crescent’s Dylan Sheehan both impressed too but Fitzgerald had a fine competition with his standout moment his wonderful try in the dramatic quarter-final win over CBC
14. Jason O’Sullivan (Crescent)
The 18-year-old winger was winning his second Senior Cup medal on St Patrick’s Day. Put his experience from 2013 to good use and showed an a sharp eye for the try-line, dotting down in the semi-final and final. PBC’s Cian Collins scored two great tries and Ardscoil’s Liam Brock and Brion Moriarty both shone too, but the Crescent man gets the nod
13. JJ O’Neill (Crescent)
Talented centre O’Neill formed a formidable midfield partnership with Will Leonard through Crescent’s Cup success. The 18-year-old, who boasts an abundance of power and pace , was also picking up his second Senior Cup medal.
12. Will Leonard (Crescent)
The Crescent centre partnership was arguably the strongest part of a brilliant team. Leonard was very good throughout and while the likes of John Fox (Castletroy) and Paul McNamara (Ardscoil) had their moments, it’s impossible to break up the Crescent duo
11. Calvin Nash (Crescent)
Enjoyed a terrific Cup campaign on his first year up from Junior ranks. Nash’s two tries in the quarter-final replay win away to Pres’ were crucial. Great turn of pace and quick feet make him a very exciting prospect. One of the players of the tournament
10. Fionn McGibney (Crescent)
Competent play-maker whose Cup highlights included some terrific goal-kicking . Showed brilliant handling in the lead up to Crescent’s second try against Ardscoil Ris. Boasts a cultured left boot, McGibney makes the team ahead of Castletroy’s Mark McCarthy and Ardscoil’s David O’Mahony.
9. John Poland (PBC)
While Pres’ didn’t make the semi-finals, Poland enhanced his reputation with three fine displays in the Cup. Busy and composed,Poland has a crisp, accurate pass. Gets the nod ahead of Crescent’s Gary Fitzgerald.
1. Mike O’Donnell (Crescent)
The Munster and Irish Schools U-19 player played a key role in Crescent’s run to a second successive Cup win. Boasts an impressive workrate around the pitch. Other strong contenders included Jack O’Halloran, of Ardscoil Ris, and Peter Meyer, of St Munchin’s.
2. Mark O’Mara (Castletroy)
The Junior Cup medal winner from 2013 made a big impression at senior level. Although small in stature, he made up for it in many ways and did enough to edge out St Munchin’s Luke O’Halloran.
3. Liam McMahon (Crescent)
Munster Schools U-19 player McMahon made a significant contribution to Crescent’s Cup success. A competent scrummager, McMahon is also influential in the loose. Other leading contenders here included Brendan Keogh, St Munchin’s, and Tom Walsh, Ardscoil Ris.
4. Robbie Scott (Crescent)
Outstanding throughout the Cup in Crescent’s engine room as both a lineout option and a ball carrier. Set the tone early on with two tries against CBC and impressed in every game
5. Patrick Staff (Ardscoil)
A key player in Ardscoil’s run to their first final since 1996. Athletic and rangy, Staff’s work around the pitch was as impressive as his set-piece play. Edges Crescent’s Jonny Keane, who missed the latter stages through injury.
6. Kelvin Brown (Ardscoil)
Played at number eight for the Cup, but this versatile footballer slots in at number six in our selection. The Ardscoil captain led by example to gain inclusion ahead of Castletroy’s Conor Humphreys and Crescent’s Sean Fitzgerald.
7. Ben Kilkenny (St Munchins)
Representative player Ban Kilkenny caught the eye with a series of excellent displays in St Munchin’s run to the semi-finals. The talented footballer is a powerful ball carrier. Ardscoil Ris ‘s Gerry McCabe is arguably the most unfortunate player to miss out
8. Cormac Blake (Crescent)
Led by example as Crescent retained the Cup for the first time since 1990. Missed out on starting in last year’s final but put his side on the road to victory this , scoring the first try against Ardscoil Ris to cap a fine season.