Our final preview for the 2015 season's Open Comps Cup Competitions is here, with a look at the Leinster Senior Cup.
When listing the achievements of clubs, it is all too easy to blithely assume that most clubs regularly pick up one trophy or another. In reality, it is the lucky few who experience success on those sultry summer afternoons, and for many players cup glory remains just a dream.
There are a massive 24 league places between the 2014 league finishing positions of the highest and lowest ranked teams in this year's Middle Cup draw, and it is difficult to ignore those league positions - however romantic the dreams of a giant slaying cup run may be.
The Intermediate Cup is the venerable old man of Leinster cricket, with the trophy first presented in 1895. There was one familiar name in those early years, as Clontarf 1sts won three of the first twelve cups. The unfamiliar names are also worth reading - Athy won in 1895 and 1896, Land Commission won three titles at the very end of the 19th century, Beaumont completed a three in a row from 1902-1904 and Richmond Asylum put their name on the trophy in 1901.
The Minor Cup is the seventh tier cup competition, with the 2015 edition of this venerable trophy having its final in Laois Cricket Club on August 22nd. The competition is one of the older on the provincial circuit, with the first edition of the Minor Cup being won by YMCA 4 in 1926. A new competition, aimed at a lower level of cricket was instigated in 1986, and fittingly that was won by another YMCA side, YMCA 5.