CHAMPIONS Ardscoil Ris put their Dr Harty Cup title on the line this Wednesday (1.30) when they play West Limerick Colleges.
Kilmallock plays host to the big Limerick derby in the Munster Post Primary Schools senior A hurling championship when the west Limerick amalgamation can dethrone the holders.
Victory for the west Limerick side will end the title defence of Ardscoil Ris and guarantee a quarter-final place for the combination team representing Hazelwood College in Dromcollogher, Desmond College in Newcastle West and Colaiste na Trocaire in Rathkeale.
Victory for Ardscoil Ris will see these two Limerick teams and Thurles CBS battle for the two quarter-final spots in the final round of the group stages on December 12 when Ardscoil Ris play St Flannans and West Limerick play Blackwater.
Ardscoil have beaten Blackwater and lost to Thurles, while West Limerick Colleges drew with Thurles and beat St Flannans.
Wednesday’s contest starts at 1.30 and will see both sides backboned by inter-county minor stars. Ardscoil Ris will look to Na Piarsaigh trio Ronan Lynch, Thomas Grimes and Peter Casey. Patrickswell pair Aaron Gillane and John Flynn and Adare’s Mikey Mackey are other key players.
West Limerick Colleges have key players in Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh), Cian Magner Flynn (Killeedy) and Seamus Keating (St Marys Sean Finns, Rathkeale).
Cousins Seamus and Paul Flanagan will be in opposite camps. Seamus is centre forward for West Limerick Colleges while Paul, Clare 2013 All-Ireland U-21 winning captain, is a member of the Ardscoil management and teaching staff.
Next Tuesday Castletroy College and Doon’s Scoil na Trionoide Naofa meet in another derby in the Harty Cup.