Schoolboy’s leagues reach semi-final stage

Just one league semi-final berth remains to be filled in the Leinster schoolboy’s competitions as all competitions reach fever pitch after the half-term break.

St Killian’s and High School will playoff for the second qualification place in Pool two of the minor league on Monday, February 18 to complete the line up for the respective semi-finals.

For the most part, St Andrew’s have been leading the way in the preliminary rounds of the competitions and they are already guaranteed a final berth in the Senior A competition.

Their All-Ireland winning A team will meet the Booterstown school’s B squad in one of the semi-finals while, on the other side of the draw, All-Ireland runners-up Wesley face a Mount Temple side powered by Ireland U-18 Kevin Mullins.DSC_9808

Should Andrew’s A and Wesley meet in the final, it could be round four between the sides of a potential five games. Andrew’s won that All-Ireland final 3-1 before sharing a win each in the Whiteshide Trophy.

At U-16 level, St Kilian’s, Sutton Park and Newpark will all be aiming to knock Andrew’s off their perch with the main surprise that Wesley were pushed into third in Pool 2 and into the B semi-finals.

Dundalk GS, meanwhile, are looking forward to a rare A semi-final appearance after an excellent showing in U-13 Pool 1, finishing runners-up to Andrew’s. These final four dates will all be played in the coming few weeks before the finals are played over a couple of Wednesdays – February 27 in Sutton Park and Wesley; March 6 in St Andrew’s and Newpark.

** To have a look at how the initial league phases of all the Schoolboy’s leagues panned out, click here

Schoolboy’s league semi-final pairings
Senior A: Wesley vs Mount Temple; St Andrew’s A vs St Andrew’s B
Senior B: St Columba’s vs St Kilian’s; Sutton Park vs Newpark

Junior A: St Andrew’s A vs High School; Sutton Park v St Columba’s
Junior B: Mount Temple vs St Andrew’s B; Wesley vs Newpark

Minor A: St Andrew’s vs High School/St Kilian’s (being played Monday, February 18); Wesley vs Dundalk
Minor B: High School/St Kilian’s vs Mount Temple; Newpark vs Sutton Park

U-13A: St Andrew’s A vs High School; Wesley vs Dundalk
U-13 B: Newpark vs Sutton Park;St Kilian’s vs Mount Temple

League Finals
Wednesday, February 27
Sutton Park: U-13 B final, 1.45pm; U-13 A final, 3.05pm
Wesley College: Junior B final, 1.45pm; Junior A final, 3.05pm

Wednesday, March 6
St Andrew’s: Minor B final, 1.45pm; Minor A final, 3.05pm
Newpark: Senior B final, 1.30pm; Senior A final, 3pm; All-Ireland Eliminator/Bronze medal playoff, 4.30pm

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