Cork Constitution have finished first in the Ulster League Division 1A after their 33-16 win over Blackrock College in the final game of the league series. It is the fifth successive year for the club to top the premier division.
With 10 wins and 2 draws from their 14 games, they finished with 47 points, four points ahead of nearest rivals Old Belvedere. And one point better than last year’s top finish in the first season of the two-round 16 team Division 1A.
Gerry Hurley was top scorer with 80 points from 34 penalties and 10 conversions. Gerry took over the kicking duties from Richard Lane in game six against Garryowen. But in the first five games Richard Lane had scored 65 points from 3 tries, 14 penalties and 5 conversions and last Saturday added a fourth try for a total of 72 points.
The semi final against Young Munster on 17th April will be Constitution’s 10th semi final appearance in the 14 years of the play off competition.
Constitution Junior 1 XV have reached the Munster Junior Cup final with a 17-10 win over Kilfeacle at Musgrave Park. They will play Munster Junior League winners Cashel at Musgrave Park on 24th April. On their way to the final, Constitution had away wins over Youghal 21-15 and Richmond 21-17, and a home win over Garryowen 45-23 in the quarter final.
It will be Constitution’s 32nd final appearance since contesting the first final in 1909. They lost that final to Crescent College and went on to lose the next eight finals also before winning their first title in 1949. Since then the record stands at 17 wins from 22 finals.