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Game On

Game On

Thursday, 11th May, 2017 1:00am

With the Cork vs Tipperary Munster Championship encounter just a week away; apart from the senior football replay, the weekend’s action is dominated by the Premier and Intermediate Hurling grade.

Senior Football

Carbery vs Ilen Rovers

Extra-time failed to separate these two West Cork rivals and if the replay is as exciting as the drawn game, a sizeable crowd should once again gather in Castlehaven.

Ilen got the perfect start the last time and that was a huge boost to what essentially a very young team. They got big games from the likes of Stephen Leonard, Dan McEoin, Alan Holland and they may also have Kevin O’Sullivan as he was away on his honeymoon for the drawn match.

Carbery will probably benefit from the game and with less involvement with clubs, their preparation will be a bit better; although Brian O’Driscoll looks set to miss out through injury.

Ruairi Deane and Graham Canty might be available, while the game will also help Alan O’Connor and the O’Driscoll’s, Kevin and Colm, have important roles to play.

Ilen will have to be as good, if not better, this time around but the odds favour a win for the Divisional outfit.

 

Premier Intermediate Hurling

Cloyne and Tracton is the one game in this grade and while they are without a number of key players, including Diarmuid O’Sullivan and Dillon Cahill, while Killian Cronin has retired – Cloyne should get over the line.

 

Intermediate Hurling

Éire Óg have the advantage of a game played against Kildorrery, in which they were excellent, and that should give them the edge against Meelin in Banteer on Friday night.

Ballincollig will be fancied to get over the challenge of their neighbours, Inniscarra’s second team, whose league form has been poor, so anything else would be a major surprise. 

Aghada, with John Looney and William Leahy in good form, look to have the beating of Ballygarvan in Cobh on Saturday night.

A double-header in Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday. First up, it’s Sarsfields – fresh from their excellent win over Dungourney – and with their seniors still having not played, they should be too strong for Ballymartle’s second team who will be boosted by the excellence of their seniors’ win over the ‘Barrs.

This is followed by the clash of Blackrock and Na Piarsaigh and with plenty of young talent on view in both teams, a lively contest should ensue with the ‘Rockies fancied to advance.

Aghabullogue, with Matthew Healy a key player for them, will be expected to get over St Finbarr’s second team in Ovens; while in Ballygarvan, it’s a clash of the second strings from Douglas and Ballinhassig, where the latter might prevail.

Mayfield make their championship bow at this level when they head to Brinny and while they have a number of injury concerns, the ability of Dan Lucey, Shane O’Donovan and Nicky Kelly will be good enough to get past Argideen Rangers.

Midleton had a good win over Grenagh in the last round but might find Milford a tougher nut to crack when they meet in Kilworth. Carrigaline have been finding it tough at this level and Barryroe should be too strong when they meet in Kilbrittain.

 

Elsewhere

In camogie, it’s an unusual pairing in the Munster Junior Championship final when Cork meet Kerry on Sunday, time and venue to be confirmed.

While Cork will be favourites, they would not want to underestimate the challenge of the Kingdom ladies, who impressed in their semi-final win over Waterford.

Austin Stack Park Tralee is the venue on Tuesday next for the final of the Munster Under 17 Championship Final, at 7pm, between old rivals Cork and Kerry. Cork looked good in their two outings to-date but will need to be at their best to make it a double at this level, having won the hurling title a couple of weeks ago.

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