THE THREE Kilkenny teams involved in the race for the Leinster colleges senior hurling spoils have been given the boost of home advantage for their provincial quarter-final clashes.
Following the league competition, the senior hurling ‘A’ championship will begin in February with eight teams all chasing the crown.
Reigning champions St Kieran’s College will put their Leinster and All-Ireland titles on the line when they play Dublin North. Kieran’s, who won the Leinster league title with a 1-11 to 1-6 victory over St Brendan’s of Birr in December, will be hoping to add another Dublin scalp to their collection - they beat Dublin South by 2-17 to 0-7 earlier in the season, following on from a 3-25 to 1-5 win over Good Counsel in their opening game.
Castlecomer Community School, who missed out on a place in the league final after suffering an extra-time defeat (2-15 to 1-15) against the Birr outfit, will play Dublin’s Colaiste Eoin for a place in the championship semi-finals. Comer will be hoping to return to the high-scoring form that saw them beat St Peter’s of Wexford (4-17 to 1-11) and Westmeath Schools (4-13 to 1-7) in the group stages of their league campaign.
Kilkenny CBS have also been handed a home draw, this time against Good Counsel of New Ross. The city side began their league with an impressive 7-8 to 3-10 win over Castlecomer’s quarter-final opponents Colaiste Eoin, but lost their second round game to league finalists St Brendan’s (2-14 to 1-15). They bounced back in fine style, beating Dublin North by 3-13 to 1-11 in the last of the group games.
The championship quarter-finals will be held on Saturday, February 4.
Leinster Colleges senior hurling quarter-finals: St Kieran’s College v Dublin North, Castlecomer CS v Colaiste Eoin, St Brendan’s Birr v St Peter’s Wexford, Kilkenny CBS v Good Counsel.