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Limited club action this weekend

Thursday, 27th July, 2017 9:43am

Senior Hurling

Bandon vs Newtownshandrum

Bandon, on the back of a couple of a couple very good wins, will enter this game in a confident mood but they face a Newtown side that had an excellent win in the last round and who will relish this challenge.

It’s a Newtown side that is, fair to say, in transition and been built on a good under 21 team of a few years ago, among them Tim O’Mahoney, Jack Herlihy, Ryan Clifford and Jamie Coughlan.

The West Cork side can look back on their first year back in senior ranks as a successful one and in the process have displayed commendable resilience and were somewhat unlucky to lose to Blackrock in the second round.

Michael Cahalane is their key player but he gets solid support from the Crowley brothers and Donogh Lucey.

Should be a lively encounter with Bandon slight fancies to get over the line.

Intermediate Hurling

Two games in Round 3 where the winners will advance to extend their season and for the losers, championship ambitions are over for another year.

Na Piarsaigh and Aghabullogue meet in Ballincollig on Friday night and the city side have really showed battling qualities in their last couple of outings refusing to accept defeat, and the fact that they have been in action on a more regular basis and with a young and exciting team, they get the nod to win.

Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday is the venue for the clash of Dungourney and Douglas will have Eoin Cadogan available for their second team.

Dungourney have concerns about the fitness of Ryan Denny but Shane Hegarty has a key role to play in a game they should win.


There are games in both grades with the meeting of Naomh Abán and Fermoy in Ballygarvan on Saturday the pick of them.

Tom Clancy is a huge player for Fermoy, who were runners-up to Kiskeam last year, and they will certainly not want their season to end this early.

Micheal O Croinin could be an absentee for the Gaelthacht side and that robs them of their main score getter, and they will look to Micheal O Laoire for leadership. That said, the Fermoy side look better balanced and should prevail.

Ballingeary and Mallow meet in Blarney on Sunday and the expected absence of James Loughrey might tilt the tie Ballingeary’s way.

A Duhallow derby in Kiskeam on Friday night between Kanturk and Rockchapel, and like Mallow, the possible absence of Aidan Walsh will hamper Kanturk’s chances.

Donnacha O’Connor was one of Cork’s best players in the narrow defeat to Mayo last week and if he repeats that form, which to be fair he generally does, then Ballydesmond should get the better of Youghal in Glanworth on Saturday.

Two games in the Under 21 A football Championship and the replay between St Michaels and Clonakilty in Brinny on Tuesday night has the makings of a cracker which might need extra-time to resolve.

Equally, Friday’s clash featuring Kilmurry and Valley Rovers in Ovens should be lively but Valley’s, with Chris O’Leary playing a central role, look better equipped to win.

Cork football

The heartbreaking loss to Mayo in Limerick on Saturday proved beyond doubt that there is within the county the nucleus of a team capable of challenging for honours at the highest level in the coming years. Especially as the younger players, among them Powter, Hurley, Crowley, Maguire and White, showed remarkable resilience over a grueling 90 plus minutes.

In fact, the absence of a number of them in extra-time, and also John O’Rourke, were factors in Cork not getting something, a draw at the very least, from an enthralling encounter.

Peadar Healy’s decision to step down took most people by surprise and my thanks to him and in particular Eoin O’Neill for their co-operation in the last two years.

The next managerial appointment is a vital one and it is hoped it can be done quickly to allow the new management committee begin their plans immediately, with promotion to Division 1 of the league a priority for the next season.

The new format for the football championship is also due to begin next season and with a brand new stadium it’s imperative that Cork make the so called Super 8 phase of the championship.

It would be some sight to see the likes of Dublin, Tyrone and of course, Kerry, playing in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, with a full stadium at that.

While on the new stadium, sincere congratulations to all involved who ensured last weekend was such a success and reflected well on Cork GAA, as well as providing a welcome financial boost for the business people of Cork city and beyond.

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