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Senior Football

Cork vs Waterford

Although Cork selector Eamonn Ryan expressed caution at the recent Munster Championship launch in Killarney, quoting Kerry’s shock defeat at the same venue back in 1957, in reality, there will be only one outcome here and that is a Cork win – and it should be a comfortable one at that.

Both sides had poor league campaigns, Cork’s inconsistency saw them fail to get out of Division 2, while Waterford made no impact at all in Division 4.

Cork have a few injury worries; Eoin Cadogan and Brian O’Driscoll are out, Tom Clancy (Clonakilty) is rated doubtful, but Aidan Walsh is fit and should make his first championship start in three years.

The makeup of the team will be interesting and even without the injured players, Cork will have a strong 15 on duty.

Ken O’Halloran, Michael Shields, Tom Clancy (Fermoy), John O’Rourke, Barry O’Driscoll, Colm O’Neill and Sean Powter are all likely starters and given that quality, there will be only one outcome.

The prize is a semi-final meeting with Tipperary on 10 June in Páirc Uí Rinn and that alone should be incentive enough for Cork given what happened in Thurles last year.

The game will be broadcast live on C103 and the curtain-raiser is the junior clash between the same counties at 5pm. The outcome should be the very same, another Cork win.

Senior Hurling Championhip

Glen Rovers vs Sarsfields

It is Sars’ first outing in the championship and Daniel Kearney remains a doubt, having missed the game in Thurles last Sunday.

They still have quality in their team with Conor O’Sullivan, Craig Leahy, Luke Hackett and Tadgh Og Murphy all playing well.

The champions were very impressive in their win over Bride Rovers and with Dean Brosnan, Conor Dorris, Dave Noonan, Brian Moylan, Graham Callanan and David Cunningham still as competitive as ever, Glen will be favourites and should justify that tag.

Midleton vs Carrigtwohill

A big ask for Carrig who are missing several players who were instrumental to their team in the last numbers of years and they face a tough task here.

Conor Lehane’s form last Sunday will make him very hard to mark and if Killian Burke, Luke O’Farrell and Paul Haughney play to their usual standard, they should win.

Newcestown vs Ballyhea

Not even extra-time could separate these two evenly-matched sides last time out and if the replay is half as good, few will complain.

Luke Meade was very influential in Thurles last Sunday and if he carries this form into this encounter, he will be hard to contain.

Ballyhea are bit reliant on Pa O’Callaghan and,,to be fair, he rarely disappoints. Hard to call replays, but a nod to Newcestown to shade another close contest.

Na Piarsaigh vs Newtownshandrum

This game is now being played in Fermoy and that won’t trouble as Newtown have an excellent record at the well-appointed North Cork venue, even without Cathal Naughton.

Na Piarsaigh’s form has been mixed but they have a lot of talented young players and of course, the experienced Christopher Joyce.

Newtown rarely lose in Fermoy and unless Na Piarsaigh show improved form, they might not be able to stop them maintaining that run.

Killeagh vs Erin’s Own

Last year’s runners-up get their campaign underway against Divisional rivals Killeagh.

Martin Bowen’s side came close to winning the final against Glen Rovers and will be keen to get another extended run with a strong squad; although injury rules Cian O’Connor out.

Eoghan and Kieran Murphy, Shay Bowen and Jack Sheehan are key for the Caherlag men, who look better balanced and should win.

Bandon vs Blackrock

A second outing for Bandon, having scored a late winner over Muskerry; while it’s an opener for Blackrock, who will once again look to a host of young players to anchor their challenge – among them Michael O’Halloran who was a substitute with Cork last Sunday.

This is a big year for the ‘Rockies who really need to prosper from their years of dominance at underage level.

Michael Cahalane’s winning goal last Sunday will fill him with confidence but the expectation is that Blackrock look better equipped to win this clash.

Elsewhere

The big clash is the Premier hurling encounter between Inniscarra and Ballinhassig in Ovens on Sunday, with the latter favoured to advance.

In Premier Football, an interesting clash in Millstreet as Macroom, minus the suspended Fintan Goold, should still overcome the challenge of Newmarket.

In the Intermediate grade, Cill Na Martra should be too good for Clonakilty. Likewise, St Finbarr’s will overcome Aghabullogue, while Gabriel Rangers might be too strong for Carrigaline.

Keep an eye

The final of the County Senior Camogie League takes place on Friday night in Castle Road and it’s the meeting of Glen Rovers and Courcey Rovers, with a 7.30pm throw-in.

Senior Football

Cork vs Waterford

Although Cork selector Eamonn Ryan expressed caution at the recent Munster Championship launch in Killarney – quoting Kerry’s shock defeat at the same venue back in 1957 – in reality, there will be only one outcome here and that is a Cork win – and it should be a comfortable one at that.

Both sides had poor league campaigns, Cork’s inconsistency saw them fail to get out of Division 2, while Waterford made no impact at all in Division 4.

Cork have a few injury worries; Eoin Cadogan and Brian O’Driscoll are out, Tom Clancy (Clonakilty) is rated doubtful, but Aidan Walsh is fit and should make his first championship start in three years.

The makeup of the team will be interesting and even without the injured players, Cork will have a strong 15 on duty.

Ken O’Halloran, Michael Shields, Tom Clancy (Fermoy), John O’Rourke, Barry O’Driscoll, Colm O’Neill and Sean Powter are all likely starters and given that quality, there will be only one outcome.

The prize is a semi-final meeting with Tipperary on 10 June in Páirc Uí Rinn and that alone should be incentive enough for Cork given what happened in Thurles last year.

The game will be broadcast live on C103 and the curtain-raiser is the junior clash between the same counties at 5pm. The outcome should be the same, another Cork win.

Senior Hurling Championship

 

Glen Rovers vs Sarsfields

It is Sars’ first outing in the championship and Daniel Kearney remains a doubt, having missed the game in Thurles last Sunday.

They still have quality in their team with Conor O’Sullivan, Craig Leahy, Luke Hackett and Tadgh Og Murphy all playing well at the moment.

The champions were very impressive in their win over Bride Rovers and with Dean Brosnan, Conor Dorris, Dave Noonan, Brian Moylan, Graham Callanan and David Cunningham still as competitive as ever, Glen will be favourites and should justify that tag.

Midleton vs Carrigtwohill

A big ask for Carrig who are missing several players who were instrumental to their team in the last numbers of years and they face a tough task here.

Conor Lehane’s form last Sunday will make him very hard to mark and if Killian Burke, Luke O’Farrell and Paul Haughney play to their usual standard, they should win.

Newcestown vs Ballyhea

Not even extra-time could separate these two evenly-matched sides last time out and if the replay is half as good, few will complain.

Luke Meade was very influential in Thurles last Sunday and if he carries this form into this encounter, he will be hard to contain.

Ballyhea are bit reliant on Pa O’Callaghan and, to be fair, he rarely disappoints. Hard to call replays, but a nod to Newcestown to shade another close contest.

Na Piarsaigh vs Newtownshandrum

This game is now being played in Fermoy and that won’t trouble as Newtown have an excellent record at the well-appointed North Cork venue, even without Cathal Naughton.

Na Piarsaigh’s form has been mixed but they have a lot of talented young players and of course, the experienced Christopher Joyce.

Newtown rarely lose in Fermoy and unless Na Piarsaigh show improved form, they might not be able to stop them maintaining that run.

Killeagh vs Erin’s Own

Last year’s runners-up get their campaign underway against Divisional rivals Killeagh.

Martin Bowen’s side came close to winning the final against Glen Rovers and will be keen to get another extended run with a strong squad; although injury rules Cian O’Connor out.

Eoghan and Kieran Murphy, Shay Bowen and Jack Sheehan are key for the Caherlag men, who look better balanced and should win. Bandon vs Blackrock

A second outing for Bandon, having scored a late winner over Muskerry; while it’s an opener for Blackrock, who will once again look to a host of young players to anchor their challenge – among them Michael O’Halloran who was a substitute with Cork last Sunday.

This is a big year for the ‘Rockies who really need to prosper from their years of dominance at underage level.

Michael Cahalane’s winning goal last Sunday will fill him with confidence but the expectation is that Blackrock look better equipped to win.

Elsewhere

The big clash is the Premier hurling encounter between Inniscarra and Ballinhassig in Ovens on Sunday, with the latter favoured to advance.

In Premier Football, an interesting clash in Millstreet as Macroom, minus the suspended Fintan Goold, should still overcome the challenge of Newmarket.

In the Intermediate grade, Cill Na Martra should be too good for Clonakilty. Likewise, St Finbarr’s will overcome Aghabullogue, while Gabriel Rangers might be too strong for Carrigaline.

Keep an eye

The final of the County Senior Camogie League takes place on Friday night in Castle Road and it’s the meeting of Glen Rovers and Courcey Rovers, with a 7.30pm throw-in.

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