Leinster schoolboy’s finals dates confirmed

The dates have been announced for the Leinster schoolboy’s league finals. February 29 will see the Junior A and B deciders take place in Wesley College while the U-13 A, B and C finals will be in St Andrew’s. The Senior A, B and All-Ireland play-off games are in Newpark on March 7 with the Minor A and B events in St Columba’s.

These competitions are nearly all at the semi-final stages now with perennial contenders Wesley and St Andrew’s through at all four levels to the A final four stage. At senior level, they are followed through by Sutton Park while St Columba’s will play off against Newpark for second place behind Wesley in Pool 2.

In the Juniors, eight wins from eight outings see Andrews through with either Sutton or High School joining them. In Pool 2, St Columba’s topped their group with a perfect record ahead of Wesley, courtesy of their 2-1 win in the group stages.

Again, Andrew’s bossed their Minor pool while King’s Hosptial need two wins to prevent either Sutton from making it into this set of A semi-finals. Wesley will be joined probably by Mount Temple from the other side of the draw with Columba’s and Dundalk outsiders.

In the U-13 competition, St Andrew’s will be joined by either St Killian’s or KH while Wesley and Andrews B or Newpark have eyes still on the prize.

In the cups, Columba’s have continued their good year with victory over Dundalk in round one of the Senior Trophy and await the winner of High School and Sutton Park in the semi-finals. Kilkenny are on top of the draw and will play either King’s Hos or St Killians.

Wesley and St Andrew’s await the finalists of the Trophy in the Senior Cup semi-finals but have been busying themselves in the South of Ireland schoolboy competition, facing off in a round-robin against Cork sides Bandon and Ashton.

Andrew’s won out against their Dublin rivals 4-0 last week and look the main contenders this year while Wesley drew 3-3 with Ashton in one of their other ties.

Columba’s will also spy a spot in the Junior final having made it past the challenge of Dundalk and Mount Temple in the opening rounds of the competition and are now in the semi-final. With Wesley and St Andrew’s both in the top half of the draw with Kilkenny and Sutton Park for company, it makes that section of the draw a potential minefield.

In the minor competition, the quarter-final stage is set to be played in the coming week while at U-13 level, St Andrew’s have powered through three rounds of competition to reach the semi-finals, getting the better of U-13 C sides Whitechurch and Taney before undoing Dundalk in the quarters.

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Senior Hockey Trophy, semi-final draw: Kilkenny vs King’s Hospital/St Killians; High School/Sutton Park vs St Columba’s
Final: March 14

Junior Cup, quarter-final draw: Newpark/St Andrews v Sutton Park; Wesley v Kilkenny; King’s Hospital vs Sandford Park/St Killians
Quarter-final result: Dundalk 1 St Columba’s 7
Final: March 14

Minor Cup, quarter-final draw: King’s Hospital v Drogheda GS; Wesley vs St Columba’s; Mount Temple vs St Andrew’s; Newpark vs Sutton Park
Final: March 21

U-13 Cup, quarter-final draw: Wesley v Newpark; Headford v St Killians; Kilkenny vs John Scottus/King’s Hospital/High School
Quarter-final result: St Andrew’s beat Sutton Park
Final: March 14

League final schedule:
February 29: Junior A (3.40pm), Junior B (2pm) – both at Wesley College, Ballinteer
U-13 A (3.20pm), U-13 B (2pm), U-13 C (12.45pm) – all at St Andrew’s College, Booterstown

March 7: Senior A (4.30pm), Senior B (1.30pm), All-Ireland playoff (3pm) – all at Newpark
Minor A (3.40pm), Minor B (2pm) – both in St Columba’s College

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