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More Finals down for decision

Wednesday, 25th October, 2017 5:09pm

Intermediate Hurling Final

Éire Óg will endeavour to put the loss in the Premier Intermediate Football Semi-Final behind them while Aghada have had little distraction, apart from some of their players involvement with Imokilly.

Aghada had a comfortable win over Mayfield last time out and with Cian Fleming, John Looney, Will Leahy, John Paul O’Connor and Ger Melvin, it’s a nice mix of youth and experience - always vital in a final.

Equally Éire Óg have impressed in reaching this final; there is a nice look to their attack with Ronan O’Toole, Kevin Hallissey and Daniel Goulding included, add in John Dineen, John Cooper and Paul Kirwan and there are similarities to the Aghada side - youth and experience.

Finals always take on a life of their own, even more so at this time of the year in hurling where conditions can be a factor.

Aghada will probably start as favourites, and if their Imokilly contingent didn’t overdo the celebrations, they get the nod to win a tight contest.

Intermediate Football Final

Another big day out for Kanturk who seem to be going from one final to another and one wonders will all this activity take its toll or will they thrive on it?

It will have kept Kanturk championship sharp while it is all of three weeks since Mitchelstown saw off the challenge of Cill Na Martra in the semi-final, but on the other hand, they will be fresher and are injury free.

Aidan Walsh picked up a knock in the hurling game last Sunday and must be considered a doubt for Kanturk and he would be a loss.

They do have a strong squad with many dual players, among them John and Lorcan McLoughlin, Darren Browne, Ian Walsh, Liam O’Keeffe and Mark Healy.

Shane Beston remains the key player for the North Cork side and he gets good support from Dave Dineen, James Sheehan, Dave Cahill and Cathal O’Mahoney, who struck the decisive goal in the semi-final.

It’s Mitchelstown's first final since winning the Junior title a few years ago and the big match experience that Kanturk have garnered over the years might be the crucial factor in deciding this contest.

Junior Football Final

 

A novel pairing here in the sense that Knocknagree were among the fancied for the title, especially when the format changed to allow divisional winners and runners-up to advance.

By contrast, Erin’s Own's main concentration is hurling but they have proved in the past, that when playing football, they can match and have beaten the best.

The Murphys, Eoghan, Kieran and Shane, are key players for them and with sports star Tomas O’Leary back in their ranks, they will relish this challenge.

John Fintan Daly will have prepared his team for all these eventualities. Matthew Dilworth, Anthony O’Connor, Eoghan McSweeney, Pa Doyle, Sean Daly and John Fintan Daly (Jnr) have been good all season and will make one mighty push to get over the line, they might just do, but one thing is sure if they do, they will earn it.

 

Camogie

Three finals down for decision in Castle Road with the big one on Saturday at 2.30pm, but at the time of writing, only Glen Rovers are in the SE Systems Senior decider.

Milford and champions Inniscarra were due to play their semi-final last night (Wednesday), and to compound matters, the eventual winners of the final then have to play in the Munster Club Championship on Sunday.

It’s a huge occasion for Glen Rovers, and in Denise Luby, Lydia Cunningham, Leanne O’Sullivan, Ashling Wallace and Nicole O’Brien, they have quality players and are a well-moulded side.

No doubt that whoever they face they will be underdogs, but the advantage of having a full week’s preparation and rest gives them a chance of upsetting the odds.

On Sunday at 11am in the Junior A Final, it’s Watergrasshill vs Na Piarsaigh and then at 3.30pm in the Senior B decider Valley Rovers play Blackrock.

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