Denis Hayes and Ronan Calvert look ahead to the big game…
Glenstal will be appearing in their second consecutive but only third ever Munster Schools Cup Final this Sunday afternoon as they take on the vastly more experienced CBC at Irish Independent Park. Christians are looking to edge Cork rivals PBC in the Senior Cup charts as they size up no less than their thirtieth title.
That however will be anything but a straight forward task against the talented Limerick men.
Glenstal’s backline has proven devastating in this year’s Cup as the likes of outhalf Ben Healy and back three men Ronan Quinn, Andrew Hogan and Aran Egan have shone in their dismantling of quality opposition. With clean possession don’t be surprised to see such talent show their cutting edge once again and outscore the bookies’ favourites on final day – who it must be said, hardly lack in the talent department either.
CBC have a grand total of seventeen players involved with Munster at various age groups, including star out-half Eoin Monahan who is also a member of Ireland Under-18s sevens side. And those players showed exactly why Munster fancy them in the second half of their epic inter-Cork semi-final with PBC last Thursday evening as they scored seventeen unanswered points to overcome a fifteen point deficit.
Glenstal on the other hand have twelve Munster men, among them Ireland U18s representatives Ben Healy and Mark Fleming – two players that will surely have their say on Friday’s outcome. Winger Ronan Quinn is also a member of the Ireland under-18s sevens.
It’s therefore no surprise that there is so much hype surrounding this clash with two unquestionably brilliant teams going head to head in what should be a final to remember for years to come.
Who will come out on top? We’ll let you call that one.