ODM Munster Senior Cup champions Cork Constitution will begin their title defence with a trip to Musgrave Park to face their neighbours Sunday’s Well, following the completion of the draw for the 2009/10 provincial competition.
The draw for the ODM Munster Senior Cup was made in the offices of the sponsors ODM Accountants in Bandon. This is the fifth year that the Bandon firm has sponsored this prestigious competition.
The draw was be made by Declan Madden, President Munster Branch IRFU, and Dan Murphy, Partner ODM Accountants, and it produced some interesting ties.
Of the eight first round ties there is only one all-AIB League Division One clash with Garryowen hosting Dolphin.
The winners of this tie will face the winners of the Clonakilty v Shannon encounter.
Holders Cork Constitution begin their title defence with a trip to Musgrave Park to take on Sunday’s Well, with the winners at home to either Thomond or Highfield.
Last season’s beaten finalists Old Crescent have drawn UL Bohemians in the opening round with either Midleton or UCC awaiting the winners at the quarter-final stage.
Cashel, the only Junior side in the draw, will have home advantage against Nenagh Ormond in a mouth-watering Tipperary derby.
Cashel reached the semi-finals of this competition a few years ago and will fancy their chances of advancing to a quarter-final meeting with either Bruff or Young Munster.
Commenting on the draw, Dan Murphy said: “ODM Accountants, North Main Street, Bandon are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the sponsorship of the Munster Senior Challenge Cup.
“We believe the values of the competition are aligned to those of our organisation – a professional approach, team effort, high level performance and relationship building.
“We wish all the clubs throughout Munster the best of luck in this year’s competition, we are sure that as in previous years there will be plenty of high quality and entertaining rugby.”
2009/10 ODM MUNSTER SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP DRAW:
First Round (to be played week ending September 12) –
A) UL Bohemians v Old Crescent
B) Midleton v UCC
C) Garryowen v Dolphin
D) Clonakilty v Shannon
E) Cashel v Nenagh Ormond
F) Thomond v Highfield
G) Sunday’s Well v Cork Constitution
H) Bruff v Young Munster
Second Round (to be played week ending September 19) –
I) H v E
J) B v A
K) C v D
L) G v F
Semi-Finals (to be played week ending November 29) –
M) L v I
N) J v K
Final (to be played week ending January 2, 2010)