WHILE they might have wrapped up the all important Leinster League Division 1A title last weekend, the big games continue to come thick and fast for Tullamore as they chase a unique quadruple.
This Saturday they continue their defence of their All Ireland Junior Cup title when they travel to Cork to play Kanturk in the semi-final.
To date Tullamore have had two impressive wins in the competition defeating Ballymoney 52-15 in the first round while in the quarter-final they dispatched the Monivea, the side they overcame in last year’s final, by 47-17.
Tullamore come into the game boosted by their hugely impressive ten try win over Coolmine last weekend which secured the league title however they will have to have their feet firmly on the ground as they go head to head with a Kanturk side who have a fearsome record at home.
So far in the competition, Kanturk have Westport at home (35-7) and Cooke away (32-23).
Incredibly Kanturk have not been beaten at home since February 2008 when Ennis were the last side to beat them on their home patch. They are currently in second place in the Munster League Division 1 only three points off the lead with three games to go. Last week they had an impressive 44-3 win over Clonmel which emphasises how difficult a task Tullamore face. They are also the only team to beat league leaders Richmond during the campaign.
This is Kanturk’s first time at this stage of the competition while Tullamore have built a formidable reputation as a one off cup team.
There is no doubt Tullamore face a difficult task, particularly given the length of the journey involved, but if the forwards can get a grip on the game and if the backs can play in the same clinical way they did last week, there is no reason why Tullamore cannot come away with the win.
The game kicks off at 2.30pm and there are still a few seats available on the supporters bus which leaves Tullamore at 10am on Saturday. Please contact Sean Joyce, High Street if you wish to travel.