THE countdown is on to what should be a great occasion in Austin Stack Park on Saturday as Tralee CBS and St Brendan’s College Killarney clash in the Corn Uí Mhuirí final.
There never any shortage of crowds and atmosphere when they meet, so expect a large attendance at the stadium on Saturday.
Over in CBS, they’ve decided to take a leaf out of the Austin Stacks fans’ big match manual by marching from base to the stadium.
Students – and anyone else who wants to join in the support – are asked to gather at the school gym from 2.30pm with a view of leaving by 3.30pm to march to Stack Park in show of support.
The exploits of the side have given a big boost to the school and the town, especially their epic contests with Coláiste Críost Rí over the past three weeks, so teacher Tim McMahon is hoping people show their support.
“We want everyone from the school to come along to the gym to get a bit of atmosphere going. We’ve had good support in previous games and the Sem would have a tradition of having great support, so we have to match that off the pitch on the terraces. All the pupils and even past pupils and the general public, are invited to come down as well to support the boys,” said Tim.
CBS are contesting their first Corn Uí Mhuirí final since 2008 when they – coming into the game as Munster champions – were beaten by the Killarney college.
“Traditionally we would have had good support over the years but it had waned a bit due to some lean years. Gradually this year, especially with the three matches with Críost Rí, it has built up, so we’re looking for a big push for the final,” he said.
While it might give the boys a lift on the field, they’ll certainly be up against it. St Brendan’s are the All-Ireland champions, unbeaten in colleges football this year and therefore hot favourites.
But if The Green show the indomitable spirit on display in the semi-final clashes, they might pull off a surprise.