Bouyed by their midweek Mills Cup win over Three Rock, Monkstown return to the competition that caused them most joy last term, reaching the final. They host Ulster kingpins Cookstown in what looks the most appetising of Saturday's first round fixtures based in Leinster - though they may do so without the services of Alan Lewis who looks set to leave the club.
Three Rock travel down to Kilkenny for the second time in a week while Glenanne host IHT qualifiers Catholic Institute. Fingal have a tricky tie with Bandon - a side who enjoy causing the odd upset in this competition. Goalkeeper Nigel Grothier is out, to be replaced by Brian Wright while Derek O'Gorman and Richie Dore are also back in the fold after missing the game with Pembroke.