This coming Tuesday, 17 December, sees the finals day of the Leinster Schools Senior and Junior Development Cups and Shields. An exciting day is in store in Energia Park as four finals are held to decide who will take home the silverware.

The day is billed as a celebration of development schools rugby and promises to offer some excellent match ups.

At senior level, the Anne McInerney Cup Final is between Ballymakenny College and St Benildus College with a 4pm kick-off. Ballymakenny have fought their way to the final having been tested a number of times along the way.

In their first game, they overcame St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry, 29-22. The same scoreline saw them advance next against a fired-up Oatlands College team. These close encounters stood to the Drogheda school and in a semi-final against near-neighbours Boyne Community School, the boys from Ballymakenny Road were able to pull away to a 32-5 victory.

Their opponents in Tuesday’s final, St Benildus College, have also had an exciting run to the final. In a high scoring first-round game, they beat East Glendalough School, 41-24. Next up was Coláiste Cois Life from Lucan. In a close affair, the Stillorgan school managed to pull away to a 21-11 win. St Benildus were able to maintain their consistency in the semi-final against St Mary’s, Portlaoise, and prevailed on a 24-7 scoreline.

In the Senior Development Shield final, Moyne Community School are up against Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew.

Moyne disposed of De La Salle, Dundalk, and Hartstown Community School before overcoming Coláiste Rís, Dundalk in their semi-final.

Coláiste Bhríde started their campaign impressively with a big win over Tallaght Community School. They defeated St Kevin’s CC, Dunlavin, before a titanic tussle against Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach saw them taken to a replay before booking their spot in the final.

At junior level, the Pat Rossiter Cup final is between St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry, and Mountrath Community School. The kick-off here is 2pm as these midlands schools battle it out for the title.

St Mary’s started their campaign with a comfortable 65-14 defeat of Boyne Community School. Next up was North County Dublin school, Ardgillan Community School. In a battle, the Edenderry outfit fought their way through on an impressive 40-38 scoreline. They faced Mercy Secondary School, Kilbeggan in their semi-final. They had to dig deep in this encounter but they booked their place in the showpiece, winning 30-10.

Mountrath Community School had an easier opening as they were handed a bye in the first round. This meant they went straight to a second-round meeting with Arklow CBS. The rest obviously did the Laois boys good, as they powered to a 52-29 victory. Next up in the semi-finals was Dublin school, St Benildus College. Mountrath put on an in an impressive display of continuity and they made their way to the final overcoming the Stillorgan outfit 36-14.

In the Junior Development Shield final, Moyne CS face off against East Glendalough. Moyne have been impressive thus far, racking up big wins over Coláiste Rís, Dundalk and Clonkeen College. They will face a street smart East Glendalough team who were tested by Colaiste Iosagain, Portarlington before running out winners against Coláiste Choilm in their semi-final. That match kicks off at 1pm on the back pitch in Energia Park.

Development Schools Final Fixtures:

Junior Development Shield Final: Moyne Community School v East Glendalough School, KO at 1:00 pm (Back Pitch)

Pat Rossiter Cup Final (Junior): St Mary’s Edenderry v Mountrath Community School, KO at 2:00 pm (Main Pitch)

Anne McInerney Cup Final (Senior): Ballymakenny College v St Benildus College, KO at 4:00 pm (Main Pitch)

Senior Development Shield Final: Moyne Community School v Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew, KO at 3:00 pm (Back Pitch)