CORK schools could be set to have their highest representation in the knockout stages of the Dr Harty Cup for quite some time.
St Colman’s of Fermoy and Midleton CBS are already through to the last eight of the competition while a win or a draw for CBC over Castletroy College tomorrow would see them safely through as well.
Gaelcholaiste Mhuire would join them if they can overcome Doon CBS next month.
St Colman’s easily overcame the challenge of John The Baptist CS yesterday to rubberstamp their qualification and they had Brian Roche, Conleith Ryan and Padraigh O’Leary all raising green flags in their 3-16 to 0-10 victory.
The game of the day took place at Boherlahan between two of the very fancied sides, Ard Scoil Rís and Midleton CBS with the Limerick school coming out on top by a point on a 2-16 to 1-18 scoreline.
Cork minor stars, Ger Millerick and Liam O’Shea excelled for CBS with the latter securing two sublime points from sideline balls at the Tipperary venue.
As a result of the win, Ard Scoil topped the group but there is every likelihood that these two teams could meet again at the business end of the campaign.
A Cork school hasn’t won the Harty Cup since Midleton CBS, captained by Paudie O’Sullivan with Luke O’Farrell in attack, managed the feat in 2006.
St Colman’s reached the final last season after defeating Midleton in a gripping semi-final but were overwhelmed by Templemore CBS in the decider.
Rochestown College, with Shane Kingston and Seán Powter on board, lost both the Harty Cup and Corn Uí Mhuirí finals in 2015, while back in 2011 a Charleville CBS outfit spearheaded by Pa O’Callaghan were well beaten by Ardscoil Rís in the Harty final.
Meanwhile, Douglas and Charleville have been invited to send representatives to the County Board tonight to explain their respective parts in the brawl that forced the abandonment of their U21 championship game last weekend.
As things currently stand, both clubs face an uncertain future in the competition with a number of options open to the County Board’s CCCC. They can order the game to be replayed, expel both clubs or impose a fine. With the competition already well behind schedule, a decision is expected to be forthcoming quickly.