Young Munster are riding high at the moment as they top the Ulster Bank League going into the new year and will be confident of retaining the trophy. Shannon's Coach Stephen Keogh could well do with a boost to bring some silverware back to the Parish men.
At Musgrave Park Dolphin and Highfield meet in the Cork final also on Friday night with a 7.30 kick off. Dolphin will be strong favourites to win this trophy for the twentieth time; their last success was back in 2002.
Highfield have only won this trophy twice and it is thirty six years since the trophy went to Woodleigh Park.
Dolphin will again give a lot of their younger players a run, while Highfield badly hit by injuries may find the going tough.
Despite the Heineken Cup game in Thomond Park on Sunday there are seven ties down in the Munster Junior Cup for decision.
Three of the games go ahead on Saturday. Newport who moved off the foot of the table in Division Two last week are at home Presentation and the visitors still challenging for promotion should come out on top.
Old Crescent and Fermoy meet at Rosbrien. Both these sides go into this contest on the back of defeats last week and odds must be on a home win for Old Crescent.
Sunday's Well are at home to Third Division leaders Dungarvan and the West Waterford side are still unbeaten and could cause a shock and book a place in Round Three.
There are four games listed for Sunday at 2.00. High flying Kinsale will be confident of overcoming Killarney at Snugmore.
Douglas after recent away wins over Killorglin and Fermoy will face a stiffer test when they travel to Corbally to face St. Mary's.
There is an all senior clash at Nenagh where Highfield are the visitors and after a big win in the opening round over Bantry Bay, the visitors will be looking for another victory.
Struggling Dunmanway will have it all to do at home to Bruff.
Holders Richmond put their Transfield Cup title on the line on Saturday when they entertain Shannon and Bruff and Thomond meet at Annacotty on Saturday in the final of the McInerney Cup.
WEDNESDAY 14th DECEMBER
Avonmore Supermilk Schools Senior Cup Qualifier: Midleton College v Bandon Grammar, Midleton, 2.30;
Barry Cup: Rockwell v C.B.C., Rockwell, 2.30;
Kidney Cup: P.B.C. v St. Munchin's, Wilton, 2.30;
Rockwell v C.B.C., Rockwell, 2.30;
O'Gorman Cup: Hospital v Newcastle West, Bruff, 1.30;
Limerick City Cup Final: Glenstal Abbey v Castletroy College, Glenstal, 2.30;
Schools Senior Friendly: P.B.C. v Dungannon Grammar, Wilton, 2.30;
THURSDAY 15th DECEMBER
Junior Friendly: Old Christians v Midleton, Rathcooney, 7.30;
Under 16 Friendly: Castletroy College v Kilkenny College, Castletroy, 2.30;
Castletroy College B v Kilkenny College B, Castletroy, 2.30;
FRIDAY 16th DECEMBER
Cork Charity Cup Final: Dolphin v Highfield, Musgrave Park, 7.30;
Limerick Charity Cup Final: Shannon v Young Munster, Dooradoyle, 7.15;
Junior 2 Friendly: Carrick-on-Suir v Fethard, Carrick-on-Suir, 8.00;
Schools Senior Friendly: C.B.C. v P.B.C., Mardyke, 6.30;
SATURDAY 17th DECEMBER
British & Irish Cup: Mosley v Munster, Billesley Common, 2.30;
Munster Junior Cup: Newport v Presentation, Newport, 2.00;
Old Crescent v Fermoy, Rosbrien, 2.00;
Sunday's Well v Dungarvan, Musgrave Park, 2.00;
Transfield Cup: Richmond v Shannon, Richmond Park, 2.30;
McInerney Cup Final: Bruff v Thomond, Annacotty, 2.15;
Schools Senior Friendly: Rockwell v Roscrea, Rockwell, 1.30;
Rockwell B v Roscrea B, Rockwell, 1.30;
Schools Junior Friendly: P.B.C. v C.B.C., Wilton, 12.00;
P.B.C. B v C.B.C. B, Wilton, 10.45;
East Under 19 League Play Off: Clonmel-Carrick-on-Suir v Cashel-Thurles, Clonmel, 5.00;
East Under 15 League: Fethard v Carrick-on-Suir, Fethard, 3.00;
East Under 13 League Final: Waterpark v Thurles, Clonmel, 1.00;
North Under 15 Conference: Presentation v Scariff, Rathuard, 12.00;
South Munster Under 19 League Section 1: Clonakilty v Ballincollig, The Vale, 11.30;
Cork Constitution v Highfield, Temple Hill, 12.30;
South Under 19 Development League: Mallow v Muskerry, Mallow, 1.00;
South Under 17 League Quarter Final: Highfield v Charleville, Woodleigh Park, 12.15;
South Under 17 League Play Off: Bantry Bay v Bandon, Bantry, 11.00;
South Munster Under 15 League: Cobh Pirates v Old Christians, Cobh, 11.30;
Muskerry v Mallow, Ballyanly, 12.15;
Skibbereen v Bantry Bay, Skibbereen, 11.30;
West Munster Under 17 League: Abbeyfeale v Tralee, Abbeyfeale, 12.00;
West Munster Under 13 League: Corca Dhuibhne v Killarney, Ballydavid, 11.00;
Kenmare v Killorglin, Kenmare, 11.00;
Iveragh v Abbeyfeale, Cahirciveen, 11.00;
Listowel v Tralee, Listowel, 11.00;
Under 19 Friendly: Midleton v Sunday's Well, Towns Park, 12.00;
Old Christians v Kanturk, Rathcooney, 12.00;
Under 17 Friendly: Bruff v Corinthians, Bruff, 12.00;
Fethard v Carrick-on-Suir, Fethard, 7.00;
Garryowen v Listowel, Dooradoyle, 11.30;
Kinsale v Clonakilty, Kinsale, 11.00;
Midleton v Youghal, Towns Park, 11.00;
Old Christians v Kanturk, Rathcooney, 12.00;
Under 14 Friendly: Clonakilty v Muskerry, The Vale, 10.00;
SUNDAY 18th DECEMBER
Heineken Cup: Munster v Scarlets, Thomond Park, 12.45;
Munster Junior Cup: Dunmanway v Bruff, Dunmanway, 2.00;
Kinsale v Killarney, Kinsale, 2.00;
Nenagh Ormond v Highfield, Nenagh, 2.00;
St. Mary's v Douglas, Corbally, 2.00;
South Junior 2 League Section D: Old Christians v Kanturk, Rathcooney, 11.00;
Schools Senior Friendly: C.B.C. B v P.B.C. B, Lansdowne, 11.00;
East Under 15 League South: Clonmel v Waterpark, Clonmel, tbc;
Waterford City v Dungarvan, Waterford, tbc;
Women's Development League: Cobh Pirates v Highfield, Cobh, 1.00;