Castletroy College and Ardscoil Ris will be looking to make it an all-Limerick Harty Cup final this year when they line out in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Castletroy play Thurles CBS at 12noon in Toomevara while at 2.30pm in Charleville, Ardscoil take on Cork school Rochestown.
Castletroy College have already made history by reaching semi-final for the first time but they’ll be looking to go a step further when they take on a hotly-fancied Thurles CBS side.
Castletroy left it late in their quarter-final win last week, scoring 1-2 in the dying stages against Youghal.
But they’re bound to have experienced a massive surge in confidence following that win and there is enough proven underage quality in their side to really put it up to the Tipperary outfit. Managed by teachers Peter O’Reilly and Leonard Coughlan, they can call on last year’s Limerick minor stars Barry Nash, Andrew La Touch-Cosgrave and Lorcan Lyons.
And for three of their players, Saturday’s game could round off a great week. David Garry and Collum Carroll both started on the school’s senior cup rugby team that beat Glenstal on Tuesday while Eoin Hourigan was a sub. Few teenagers get to play in both competitions so these guys are in a priliveged position that they’ll be hoping can be extended for a little while longer yet.
Thurles are a fine side and already have a win over Ardscoil Ris in the group stages to their name and they’ll be keen to go at least one step further in this year’s competion.
That brings us to the North Circular Road school who are back in this stage once again. They haven’t overly impressed this season but their recent history in the competition demands that they be respected.
Na Piarsaigh duo Ronan Lynch and Peter Casey will once again be expected to lead the way but they will need an improvement on what they’ve shown so far.
Another all-Limerick final (last year Ardscoil Ris and Doon met in the decider) would be another big day for hurling in the county but both face big challenges.