Kieran O'Connor, Avonmore; Declan Madden, President, Munster Rugby, Michael O'Dwyer, Castletroy College; Keith Earls and Ian Dowling at the Avonmore Schools Cup Launch, Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick.
Brian Arthur, Inpho Photography
Avonmore Munster Schools Cup Launch
7 January 2010, 5:49 pm
By Cliona Quaid
Munster Senior players Keith Earls and Ian Dowling were on hand today to launch the Avonmore Milk Munster Senior Schools Cup for 2010 at Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick.
Also launched were the Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup as well as the Avonmore Milk Munster Underage Leagues for 2010.
CBC, current Senior Cup holders now lead the roll of honour with 28 titles, followed by PBC with 27 and last year's beaten finalists Rockwell College who have 23.
Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, Kieran O'Connor, Avonmore Sponsorship Manager said, "Avonmore are delighted to continue our association with Munster Rugby who have been fantastic ambassadors, not alone for Rugby in Ireland, but for all Irish sport." He added that "it is great to see so many former Schools players of recent years now representing Munster including Tomas O Leary CBC, Keith Earls St Munchins, Paul O'Connell Ard Scoil Ris, Ronan O'Gara PBC, Denis Leamy Rockwell and David Wallace Crescent College Compreehnsive to name but a few".
Also in attendance were Declan Madden, President, Munster Rugby and Greg Ashe, Munster Schools Secretary who stated he was "looking forward to the upcoming battle to capture this Avonmore Senior Cup title which remains as hard fought as it first was when the competition started 101 years ago which was won by CBC, Cork".
The finalists in this season's competition will be competing to become the first school to put their name on a new trophy which has been presented by the CEO Munster Rugby,Garrett Fitzgerald.
As in previous years, the last eight schools in both Avonmore Milk Senior and Junior Cup competitions will be guaranteed two matches. The winners of Round 1 will secure "home" advantage in Round 2 against the losers in Round 1.
Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Senior Cup 2009/10
ALL matches K.O. 3.00 p.m.
15th/16th January 2010 (to be confirmed)
A. Midleton/Bandon v Glenstal
26th January 2010
B. Rockwell v St Munchins
27th January 2010
C. Ard Scoil Ris v PBC
D. Crescent v CBC
28th January 2010
E. Winner A v Castletroy
9th February 2010 F. Winner E v Loser D
G. Winner C v Loser E
10th February 2010
H. Winner B v Loser C
I. Winner D v Loser B
3rd March 2010
Winner H v Winner F
7th March 2010 Winner G v Winner I
17th March 2010
Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup
3rd February 2010 A. Crescent v PBC
B. Castletroy v Rockwell
C. Ard Scoil Ris v St. Munchins
D. Glenstal v CBC
24th February 2010
E. Winner A v Loser B
F. Winner D v Loser A
25th February 2010
G. Winner C v Loser D
H. Winner B v Loser C