CORK schools will be represented in the semi-finals of the Dr Harty Cup in hurling and the football equivalent, the Corn Uí Mhuirí.
The quarter-final draws produced a local derby in both with last season’s Harty runners-up, Christians, meeting St Colman’s, Fermoy, and St Francis College, Rochestown, taking on Clonakilty Community College in football.
Midleton CBS, who defeated Christians in an exciting final, are paired with De La Salle, Waterford, in a repeat of last season’s semi-final.
The other hurling quarter-final ties produced all-Clare and all-Tipperary affairs.
St Flannan’s take on St Joseph’s, Tulla, while it’s Thurles CBS against Our Lady’s, Templemore.
Meanwhile, Cork’s other football quarter-finalists, Hamilton High School, Bandon, and Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, face tough tasks after drawing Kerry opponents.
The Hammies take on Tralee CBS while Coláiste Choilm face Pobailscoil Rathmore. The remaining quarter-final is between the favourites, St Brendan’s, Killarney and St Flannan’s.
Christians and Midleton CBS were unbeaten in qualifying and topped their groups.
The city school are captained by Niall Hartnett (Douglas) and have dual Cork minor Jack Cahalane (St Finbarr’s) in their ranks.
Midleton can call on half-a-dozen survivors from last season, including Ryan McCarthy (Killeagh), one of their stand-out players.
St Colman’s finished runners-up in their group, losing to Thurles CBS, and Darragh Flynn (Ballygiblin) is one of their leading players.
All-Ireland minor football winners, Cian O’Leary (Douglas), Shane Aherne (do), Alan O’Hare (do) and Sean Andrews (Shamrocks) line-out for Rochestown against Cork colleagues Daniel Peet (Clonakilty), Jack Lawton (Argideen Rangers) and Ryan O’Donovan (Barryroe).
Dr Harty Cup: Quarter-finals, January 8: (1) CBC v St Colman’s, Fermoy; (2) St Flannan’s v St Joseph’s, Tulla; (3) Thurles CBS v Our Lady’s, Templemore; (4) Midleton CBS v DLS, Waterford. Semi-finals: 1 v 2, 3 v 4.
Corn Uí Mhuirí: Quarter-finals, January 15: (1) Hamilton High School, Bandon v Tralee CBS; (2) Pobalscoil Rathmore v Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig; (3) St Brendan’s, Killarney v St Flannan’s; (4) St Francis College, Rochestown v Clonakilty Community College. Semi-finals: 1 v 2, 3 v 4.