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Under 17 final kicks off first of three visits to Croke Park

Thursday, 3rd August, 2017 8:57am

There's limited Championship action this weekend as the countdown is well underway to the All-Ireland Minor and Senior hurling semi-finals in Croke Park on Sunday week.

So, most of the attention this weekend is on the first ever All-Ireland Under 17 final, where Cork face Dublin.

All-Ireland Under 17 Hurling Final

Cork v Dublin Sunday Croke Park, noon

Time was when a Cork v Dublin encounter at under-age level would be a given for the youngsters from Leeside. However, that has changed as the amount of work going into Dublin hurling is reflected in that they are now seen as the second county, behind Kilkenny, in the province.

Fermoy v Carrigaline

An interesting encounter in prospect here between clubs who are still battling on both fronts; although barring a draw, one of them will be concentrating on just one code after this clash which has a 7pm start on Saturday in Pairc Uí Rinn in Premier Intermediate hurling.

Meelin v Barryroe

Cloughduv is the venue for the Intermediate clash on Saturday at 7.30pm, with Sarsfields awaiting the winners in the next round and Meelin look better equipped to win; although Barryroe will certainly test them.

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A double-header in O’Connor Park Tullamore on Bank Holiday Monday at 3.15, the John Cleary trained Minor team will be fancied to beat Galway and in the process, retain their All-Ireland title.

This is followed at 5pm by the Round 3 senior qualifier Cork v Monaghan. This is the first time in a number of years that Cork, the reigning champions, have entered the All-Ireland at such an early stage and it represents a tough challenge, as Monaghan have shown considerable improvement and Cork might be slightly vulnerable.

They have always risen to whatever challenge presents them and this is another one they should pass.

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