The Crescent College Comprehensive senior hockey team
PREPARATIONS have been completed for what promises to be a superb two days of hockey this Thursday and Friday at Dooradoyle.
Crescent College Comprehensive will be attempting to become the first Munster school to retain the Kate Russell All Ireland senior A schools title.
This year Crescent made history when winning the Munster Cup for the fourth year in a row, under coach Sean O'Callaghan and his assistants.
The girls hope to spark a memorable treble for the school who contest the Munster schools senior rugby cup final on Sunday next in Cork and the schools junior cup final which is scheduled for next Wednesday.
Five of the Crescent girls were ball girls in first year when the event was last staged at the Crescent in 2011. First years will again act as ball girls on this occasion.
Three of the Crescent squad won their fourth Munster medal, captain Aisling Horan, Aine Ryan and Aebfhinn Bourke.
Crescent have a good record in the competition having won the title last year in Galway.
Previously they finished runners-up, third twice and fourth on three occasions. They have won the Munster cup eigt times in the past thirteen years.
The tournament is played on a round robin basis with the cup winners from Ulster, Connacht and Leinster being joined by the South East to cater for players from Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford.
Crescent will play two games each day. They start the tournament at 9.30 on Thursday against Methodist and at 12.30 they face Loretto..
On Friday they play Salerno at 11 and bring the event to a close against Alexandra at 3.30.
The tournament brings a mini tourism boost to the city with bus loads of supporters travelling from all corners of the country.
The entry fee for adults is €5 which gains admission for the two days.
There will be parking facilities at the school and stewards will be on duty to ensure a free flow of traffic.
Kate Russell, a native of Cork, was a world wide figure in hockey circles and was vice president of the international womens hockey federation. She died in 1978.