Hills have mountain to climb
Ger Siggins (Irish Daily Star)
THE Hills have a mountain to climb if they want to retain the RSA Irish Senior Cup next summer.
The holders were yesterday drawn against NCU big guns Instonians in the first round on 11 May.
Skipper Mike Baumgart acknowledged Inst would be "a tough proposition, but we've played them loads of times in recent years.
"You have to beat every team to win a cup so it's good to get them early", he said.
The tie is one of four crackers for the capital pulled from the hat by Cricket Ireland president Arthur Vincent and RSA chief executive Philip Smith at the sponsors' Dublin HQ yesterday.
Leinster play North Down, Pembroke face Limavady and North County take on Brigade in the other most attractive fixtures.
In the RSA National Cup the first round includes a replay of last year's final, with Muckamore hosting Balbriggan.
RSA Irish Senior Cup: Cork Harlequins v Fox Lodge, Carrickfergus v Cork County, Winner Clontarf /Malahide v Ballymena, The Hills v Instonians, Leinster v North Down, Pembroke v Limavady, North County v Brigade, Lisburn v YMCA, Downpatrick v Railway Union, CIYMS v Glendermott, CSNI v Strabane, Donemana v Winner Rush /Terenure, Coleraine v Merrion, Eglinton v Phoenix, Bready v Lurgan, Bond's Glen v Waringstown
RSA National Cup: Connacht qualifier v Limerick Raiders, Ballaghadereen v Midleton, Munster qualifier v Co Sligo; Co Clare v Co Galway; Loser Rush /Terenure v Templepatrick, Mullingar v Cooke Collegians, Laois v Killyclooney, Civil Service v Newbuildings, Woodvale v Dundrum (Dublin), Muckamore v Balbriggan, Cliftonville v Sion Mills, Derriaghy v Ardmore, St Johnston v North Kildare, Drummond v Loser Clontarf /Malahide, Burndennett v Laurelvale, Creevedonnell v Dundrum (Down)