For CBC this game offers them the opportunity to gain compensation for injury time defeat in last year s decider and they include seven players who were involved in that game. Five of those are in the pack captain, lock Ross Noonan, prop Daragh Hurley and the back-row of Billy Holland, Michael Essex and Jonathan Harte and it s this area of the contest that could prove crucial to the outcome of this game.
PBC have a backline laced with talent. It includes two Schools internationals in full-back David Kingston and scrum half Dave O Leary, while wing Finbar Dennehy, outside centre Tom Gleeson and out-half Evan Ryan have all been capped at Munster Schools level. With the type of pace they possess, CBC will need to ration very strictly the amount of ball they receive.
PBC lock Seamus Clinch broke his ankle back in October but recovered in time to play a part in his side s semi-final win over Ard Scoil Ris. His presence in the side from the start provides PBC with a welcome boost and his role and the contest at scrum-half between O Leary and CBC s Duncan Williams could go a long way in deciding what should be a cracking match.
Presentation Brothers College:
David Kingston; Finbar Dennehy, Tom Gleeson, Alex Kelleher, Edward Mills; Evan Ryan, David O leary; Martin Gately, John Moynihan, Brian Barry; Chris Kennefick, Seamus Clinch; David Daly, Ruari Geoghegan Donal Long.
Francis Moynihan, John Sommerfield, Des Prendergast, Sam Cronin, Dan O Connell, David O Connell, Killian McCarthy. Standby. Eamon Nigent, Sean Boylan, Conor Fitzgibbon, John Philpott.
Management: Ian O Leary, Don Buckley, Peter Scott, Steve Forde, Marian Carey.
Christian Brothers College:
Michael John Ahearn; James O Hanlon, John McCarthy, Karl Mitchell, Gavin Blower; Eamon Ronan, Duncan Williams; Darragh Hurley, John Kerins, Ryan Hasson; Ross Noonan, Edmund Mackey; Billy Holland, Michael Essex, Jonathan Harte.
Noel Finneran, Graham Keane, Ben Shannon, Andrew Kelly, Alex Ryan, Brian O Keeffe, Darren Keohane. Standby. Shane Lehane, Don Keogh, Paul Doyle.
Management: Peter Melia, Terry Kingston, Murray Kidd, Matt Foley.
Referee David McHugh (IRFU).
Touch Judges Brian Fitzgerald. John Burnett.