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Senior Hurling Championship gets underway SHC gets underway

Thursday, 4th May, 2017 1:00am

It may be only two weeks to Cork’s opening game in the Munster Championship against Tipperary, but several members of the team will be in action with their clubs over the weekend.

What better way to prepare then with a championship game under their belts? There are some intriguing encounters down for decision.

Senior Hurling

Ballymartle vs St Finbarrs

A repeat of last year’s encounter in which the ‘Barr’s were comfortable winners, something that surprised many as Ballymartle have proved difficult opponents to many in recent years.

This season, a change of management seems to be working as they are unbeaten in the league to-date with the Corry’s, Brian and Seamus, along with Rickard Cahalane and Darren McCarthy, showing good form.

The ‘Barr’s have had mixed form but Damien Cahalane is returning from injury, Bill Beckett is a dangerous forward and if Eoin Keane and Glenn O’Connor can deliver big games, the southside club should shade this one.

Glen Rovers vs Bride Rovers

The champions begin their quest for a three in-a-row with a tricky test against a side they have enjoyed some interesting tussles with down the years.

Brian Murphy, Barry Johnson and Stephen Glasgow remain key players for the Rathcormac side; while Glen Rovers, apart from their trio of Cork players, will look to Brian Moylan, David Cunningham, Graham Callanan, Donal Cronin and David Busteed to get their campaign off to a winning start, and they should, to set up a first round clash with Sars’.

Bishopstown vs Imokilly

Imokilly were minutes away from the semi-final last year but a late goal denied them. Seamus Harnedy, Brian Lawton, Will Leahy and Colm Spillane are some of the players that will be available to the Divisional side.

After a poor start last year, Bishopstown recovered to enjoy an extended run and with their footballers having won their first round, they will be hoping to make it a nice double for the dual club.

Shane O’Neill, Pa Cronin, Tomas Murray, Ken O’Halloran and Diarmuid Lester will lead the ‘Town’s challenge, and with a more collective preparation, might help them over the line.

Newcestown vs Ballyea

Newcestown had a number of injury worries going into their football clash, most notably to Carthach Keane and he also looks set to miss this game. Luke Meade and Daniel Twomey should make it and Meade’s form with Cork has been excellent.

Ballyhea will once again look to Pa O’Callaghan for the bulk of their scores and if he is held, by no means an easy task, then they will struggle for scores. Have Newcestown a player capable of containing him? Maybe not and that might tilt the tie in Ballyhea’s favour.

Bandon vs Muskerry

A big day for the West Cork side as they make their return to the senior ranks after a lengthy absence, but injuries to key players have not helped.

However, they can still call on the Crowley brothers, Michael Cahalane and Donogh Lucey, and given that Muskerry’s recent record has been poor, it could be a winning return for the men from Bandon.

Douglas vs CIT

All eyes here on Cian McCarthy following his transfer from Sarsfields and it will be strange to see him line-out in a different club jersey, but that aside, he is a big acquisition for Douglas – as is former Tipperary star Shane Bourke.

Throw in class operators like Alan Cadogan, Mark Collins, Mark Harrington and Stephen Moylan – and there looks to be only one winner in this game.

Youghal vs Duhallow

The availability of players could shape the strength of the Duhallow side but if they can call on Anthony Nash, Lorcan and John McLoughlin, William Egan and Mark Ellis, that will make them difficult opponents for a Youghal side who will have Bill Cooper leading their challenge; but it’s hard to see the seasiders winning this one.  

In the remaining games, UCC should be too good for Carrigdhoun, likewise Avondhu will be expected to overcome the challenge of Carbery.

Premier Intermediate

Just two games in this grade and one on Friday, in Minane Bridge at 7.15pm, has an appeal all on its own. A South-East derby between Carrigaline and Valley Rovers, Rob O’Shea a big player for Carrig, while Chris O’Leary is the main man for Valleys. Hard to pick a winner in this one, maybe a draw.

On Saturday, it’s Courcey Rovers vs Mallow in Ovens at 7.30pm, and with Cormac Murphy among others in the Mallow side, they will be favourites to win.

Lidl Ladies Football Division 1 Final Cork vs Donegal

Cork are chasing an amazing tenth successive title when they head to Parnell Park on Sunday and waiting for them are a Donegal side that have one of the most talented forwards in the country in their team.

Geraldine McLoughlin is a phenomenal scorer and will certainly test the Cork defence, but they are well capable of meeting the challenge.   

Camogie

Two Munster Championship games – on Sunday, in Castle Road at 1pm, in Junior, it’s Cork vs Clare and the same counties meet in the Senior grade at 3pm. This is separate to the All-Ireland series, Cork are the holders and having lost the League Final a couple of weeks ago, they will want to and should get back to winning ways.

It may be only two weeks to Cork’s opening game in the Munster Championship against Tipperary, but several members of the team will be in action with their clubs over the weekend.

What better way to prepare then with a championship game under their belts? There are some intriguing encounters down for decision.

Senior Hurling

Ballymartle vs St Finbarrs

A repeat of last year’s encounter in which the ‘Barr’s were comfortable winners, something that surprised many as Ballymartle have proved difficult opponents to many in recent years.

This season, a change of management seems to be working as they are unbeaten in the league to-date with the Corry’s, Brian and Seamus, along with Rickard Cahalane and Darren McCarthy, showing good form.

The ‘Barr’s have had mixed form but Damien Cahalane is returning from injury, Bill Beckett is a dangerous forward and if Eoin Keane and Glenn O’Connor can deliver big games, the southside club should shade this one.

Glen Rovers vs Bride Rovers

The champions begin their quest for a three in-a-row with a tricky test against a side they have enjoyed some interesting tussles with down the years.

Brian Murphy, Barry Johnson and Stephen Glasgow remain key players for the Rathcormac side; while Glen Rovers, apart from their trio of Cork players, will look to Brian Moylan, David Cunningham, Graham Callanan, Donal Cronin and David Busteed to get their campaign off to a winning start, and they should, to set up a first round clash with Sars’.

Bishopstown vs Imokilly

Imokilly were minutes away from the semi-final last year but a late goal denied them. Seamus Harnedy, Brian Lawton, Will Leahy and Colm Spillane are some of the players that will be available to the Divisional side.

After a poor start last year, Bishopstown recovered to enjoy an extended run and with their footballers having won their first round, they will be hoping to make it a nice double for the dual club.

Shane O’Neill, Pa Cronin, Tomas Murray, Ken O’Halloran and Diarmuid Lester will lead the ‘Town’s challenge, and with a more collective preparation, might help them over the line.

Newcestown vs Ballyea

Newcestown had a number of injury worries going into their football clash, most notably to Carthach Keane and he also looks set to miss this game. Luke Meade and Daniel Twomey should make it and Meade’s form with Cork has been excellent.

Ballyhea will once again look to Pa O’Callaghan for the bulk of their scores and if he is held, by no means an easy task, then they will struggle for scores. Have Newcestown a player capable of containing him? Maybe not and that might tilt the tie in Ballyhea’s favour.

Bandon vs Muskerry

A big day for the West Cork side as they make their return to the senior ranks after a lengthy absence, but injuries to key players have not helped.

However, they can still call on the Crowley brothers, Michael Cahalane and Donogh Lucey, and given that Muskerry’s recent record has been poor, it could be a winning return for the men from Bandon.

Douglas vs CIT

All eyes here on Cian McCarthy following his transfer from Sarsfields and it will be strange to see him line-out in a different club jersey, but that aside, he is a big acquisition for Douglas – as is former Tipperary star Shane Bourke.

Throw in class operators like Alan Cadogan, Mark Collins, Mark Harrington and Stephen Moylan – and there looks to be only one winner in this game.

Youghal vs Duhallow

The availability of players could shape the strength of the Duhallow side but if they can call on Anthony Nash, Lorcan and John McLoughlin, William Egan and Mark Ellis, that will make them difficult opponents for a Youghal side who will have Bill Cooper leading their challenge; but it’s hard to see the seasiders winning this one.  

In the remaining games, UCC should be too good for Carrigdhoun, likewise Avondhu will be expected to overcome the challenge of Carbery.

Premier Intermediate

Just two games in this grade and one on Friday, in Minane Bridge at 7.15pm, has an appeal all on its own. A South-East derby between Carrigaline and Valley Rovers, Rob O’Shea a big player for Carrig, while Chris O’Leary is the main man for Valleys. Hard to pick a winner in this one, maybe a draw.

On Saturday, it’s Courcey Rovers vs Mallow in Ovens at 7.30pm, and with Cormac Murphy among others in the Mallow side, they will be favourites to win.

Lidl Ladies Football Division 1 Final Cork vs Donegal

Cork are chasing an amazing tenth successive title when they head to Parnell Park on Sunday and waiting for them are a Donegal side that have one of the most talented forwards in the country in their team.

Geraldine McLoughlin is a phenomenal scorer and will certainly test the Cork defence, but they are well capable of meeting the challenge.   

Camogie

Two Munster Championship games – on Sunday, in Castle Road at 1pm, in Junior, it’s Cork vs Clare and the same counties meet in the Senior grade at 3pm. This is separate to the All-Ireland series, Cork are the holders and having lost the League Final a couple of weeks ago, they will want to and should get back to winning ways.

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