The final two Leinster entrants to the All-Ireland Schoolboys championships will be confirmed this afternoon as six sides battle it out for the right to join Wesley, St Andrew’s and Sutton Park in the showpiece event.
In Newpark, the host school take on Dundalk GS and Kilkenny in a three-team pool with only the winners progressing. In Whitechurch Park, meanwhile, St Columba’s, Kings Hospital and Mount Temple contest the other place in a round-robin phase which sees three games played in a 20-minute each way format.
The competition proper gets underway toward the end of October. These qualifiers therefore acts as the curtain-raiser for a busy schoolboy’s calendar with the league season set to tip off in October, using the same format as last season.
In the Senior, Junior and Minor competitions, schools are divided into two initial groups with the top two from each advancing to semi-finals. At U-3 level, the format is the same but with the addition of a ‘C league’ with North and South divisions again leading into semi-finals.
The cup draws were also released this week with the top half of the Junior draw looking especially tasty with St Andrew’s, Sutton Park and Wesley all in the mix. Those competitions tip off in the New Year.
** The Hook will be providing twitter updates @hookhockey from Newpark this afternoon; please feel free to email email@example.com with your results and match reports during the season or to the twitter account with the hashtag #leinsterhockey
All-Ireland Schoolboys qualifiers
Venue 1 (Newpark): Newpark v Dundalk, 1.30pm; Dundalk v Kilkenny College, 2.45pm; Newpark v Kilkenny College, 4pm
Venue 2 (St Columba’s College): St Columba’s v Kings Hospital, 1.30pm; Mt Temple v Kings Hospital, 2.45pm; St Columba’s v Mt Temple, 4pm
Schoolboy’s League structure
Senior League, Group One: St Andrew’s, High School, King’s Hospital, Sutton Park, St Killian’s, Wesley B
Group 2: Wesley, Dundalk GS, St Columba’s, Mount Temple, Newpark, St Andrew’s B
Junior League, Group One: St Andrew’s. High School, King’s Hospital, Sutton Park, St Killians, Wesley B, St Andrew’s C, Mount Temple B, Newpark B
Group Two: Wesley, Dundalk GS, St Columba’s, Mount Temple, St Andrew’s B, Sandford Park, Wesley C, High School B
Minor League, Group One: St Andrew’s A, John Scottus, King’s Hospital, Sutton Park, St Killian’s, Wesley B
Group Two: Wesley, Dundalk GS, St Columba’s, Mount Temple, Newpark, St Andrew’s B, Newpark
U-13 League, Group One: St Andrew’s, High School, King’s Hospital, Sutton Park, St Killians, Wesley B, John Scottus
Group Two: Wesley A, Dundalk GS, St Columba’s, Mount Temple A, Newpark, St Andrew’s B, Sandford Park
U-13 C League, North: Drogheda, Dundalk, Mount Temple, Donabate, King’s Hospital B, Headfort
South: St Columba’s, Rathgar, St Andrew’s C, Wesley C, Taney, Whitechurch, St Andrew’s Prep
Leinster Schoolboy’s Senior Trophy draw, quarter-finals (by January 27, 2012): Mount Temple/Newpark vs Kilkenny; King’s Hospital vs St Killians; High School vs Sutton Park; Dundalk vs St Columba’s
** Two finalists to progress to the Senior Cup to face Wesley or St Andrews
Junior Cup, first round draw (by January 15, 2012): Newpark vs St Andrew’s; High School vs Kilkenny; King’s Hospital vs Sandford Park; St Columba’s vs Mount Temple
Second round (by February 2): Newpark/St Andrew’s vs Sutton Park; Wesley vs High School/Kilkenny; King’s Hospital/Sandford Park vs St Killians; Dundalk vs St Columba’s/Mount Temple
Minor Cup, first round draw (by January 26): High School vs Kings Hospital; Wesley vs John Scottus; Dundalk vs St Columba’s; St Killians vs Mount Temple; Newpark vs Sandford Park; Sutton Park vs Kilkenny
Second round (by February 16): High School/Kings Hospital vs Drogheda; Wesley/John Scottus vs Dundalk/St Columba’s; St Killians/Mount Temple vs St Andrews; Newpark/Sandford Park vs Sutton Park/Kilkenny
U-13 Cup first round draw (by January 12): Sandford Park vs Wesley; Whitechurch vs St Andrews; King’s Hospital vs High School
Second round (by January 19): Sandford/Wesley vs Donabate; Newpark vs Drogheda; Rathgar vs Headfort; St Columba’s vs St Killians; Whitechurch/St Andrew’s vs Taney; Mount Temple vs Dundalk GS; Kilkenny vs Sutton Park; John Scottus vs King’s Hospital/High School