LAST season's Harty Cup finalists Midleton CBS and Christians both got off to a winning start in the new campaign on Wednesday.
The holders defeated Hamilton High School 0-20 to 1-11 after a tough test at Whitechurch, where the accuracy of free-taker Ryan McCarthy was critical in repelling the determined Bandon outfit.
St Joseph's from Tulla are the other side in the three-team group so Hammies, who got a return of 1-2 from play through Valley Rovers Darragh O'Shea, can still qualify.
With the likes of Brion Saunderson, Ciarán Joyce, Joe Millerick and Sam Quirke in their ranks, Midleton will be one of the teams to beat again in the coming months.
Christians have a new-look team to a degree, including Cork U15s James Dwyer and Eoin O'Leary, but are backboned by Douglas senior football midfielder Niall Hartnett and dual minor Jack Cahalane.
It was no surprise they had too much for Rochestown College, despite the efforts of Cork minor footballer Seán Andrews (Shamrocks) and minor hurler Paul O'Riordan (Tracton), along with Blackrock duo Alan Connolly and Cian McCarthy.
Ultimately it finished 3-17 to 1-13 in CBC's favour, which gives Donal O'Mahony's side a good platform to progress from a competitive section featuring Our Lady’s Templemore and Ardscoil Rís, with the Tipp outfit winning their opener 4-20 to 3-17.
Cahalane landed 0-11 for CBC at Ballygarvan, while Robbie Cotter, Daire Burke and Eoghan Kirby all hit the net.
Unfortunately Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG were well beaten down in Waterford by De La Salle, 4-17 to 0-12.