St Patrick's Day final schedule

Grange Road plays host to Leinster’s showpiece final’s day tomorrow with just one reigning champion involved, meaning both the boy’s U-16 trophy and the men’s Mills Cup will be finding new homes by this time tomorrow.

Railway Union have the chance to make it a double as they get the action underway at 11.30am with the Benny Atkinson Cup final before their senior ladies side play reigning Jacqui Potter champions Hermes.

It should be an intriguing battle between the two side currently heading the way in the Leinster U-16 league. Three Rock draw heavily on the Wesley contingent with Nick Armstrong, Shane Madeley, David McCrea, Tom Samuel and Conor Quinn all at their disposal while Ross Canning is another quality player.

Railway, though, have set up good pathways from non-hockey playing schools in recent years to re-emerge as one of the leading Leinster breeding grounds for underage players.

Indeed, Jeffrey Spillane – who has had a couple of division one outings already – and Kevin Wong’s development comes down mainly to the work done in the club as they attend rugby behemoth Blackrock College while Oatlands pair Mark Ingram and David McCarthy were also Leinster U-16 players this season.

Railway conquered Corinthian 5-1 last Sunday while Rovers eased past Monkstown’s B team 6-1, setting up a repeat of the 1996 final. Railway coach Brendan Parsons was a player that day and will hope to overturn the result from that day as a Christian Judd-led Three Rock took the honours.

Railway’s ladies will hope to repeat their double league success over Hermes this term in the second match on court but will be wary of having a full interprovincial programme in their legs after nine players across three provinces were involved in Cork.

Hermes claimed the title last year with a comfortable 4-1 win over Trinity, a victory which started a big wind-up in form, ultimately leading to the Club Championship title. They also had few interprovincial players in action and so should, conceivably be the fresher side.

Railway’s last final appearance came three years ago when they fell at the hands of UCD but much has changed, including a large difference in personnel, since Mick McKinnon took charge of the Sandymount side.

In the final act of the three-part play, Corinthian hope to repeat their extra-time cup win over Glenanne of five years ago to pick up their first major trophy since that famous day.

They are bouyed by the increased representation of homegrown talents Brian Doherty and Chris Pelow in senior representative squads to challenge Pembroke – last year’s runners-up.

Benny Atkinson U-16 Cup final: Three Rock Rovers vs Railway Union, 11.30am*
Jacqui Potter Cup final: Hermes vs Railway Union, 1.30pm
Leinster Senior Mills Cup final: Corinthian vs Pembroke Wanderers, 3.30pm

All to be played at Grange Road

* Please note correction

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