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Quiet weekend except for Ed!

Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018 4:33pm

Páirc Uí Chaoimh is certainly the place to be this weekend, but it will reverberate to the sound of the ‘Galway Girl’ as club players enjoy a weekend off from championship action.

Camogie

Cork teams are in action in Munster Championship, and strangely, one of them is being played on Saturday at 6pm.

The seniors travel to Cusack Park in Ennis for a semi-final clash with Clare, and having overcome a strong challenge from Waterford in the last round, they will want to keep the winning run going.

The All-Ireland series gets underway in a few weeks time, and while some players are involved in exams, it affords the management team an opportunity to give panel members some game time.

That said, with a number of regulars like Linda Collins, Orla Cotter, Ashling Thompson, Laura Treacy and Orla Cronin, there should be enough experience to send Cork into another final.

Ballyagran at 2.30pm on Sunday is the venue for the meeting of Cork and Tipperary in the Intermediate Final, and if Cork field the team that won the Division 2 League Final last Sunday, you would expect that this is another title that could find itself back on Leeside. Well done to the minors and intermediates who won close finals last weekend - special mention to the minor team that ended a long wait for the first All-Ireland to come to Cork.

It was an exceptional performance with several players well capable of making the step up to higher grades, among them Saoirse McCarthy and Laura Hayes, both of whom had wonderful games. Incidentally the Camogie Board have the spacious carpark at their grounds in Castle Road available for patrons attending the three concerts in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, opening at 12 noon and closing at midnight. At the very minimal charge of €5, they deserve support.

Minor Football

 

For the second year in a row these old rivals meet in a semi-final where for the loser, their season and championship ambitions are over for another year, and on known form, Kerry are favourites to advance to the final.

The manner in which this championship is played is, in my opinion, very unfair on the minor footballers in the province.

By comparison, the minor hurlers are guaranteed five games, given that the hurling is a round-robin format.

While I accept that there is an imbalance in standards among the counties, some proper format should be agreed, and here the provincial officers need to take the lead and ensure that players in both codes get a fair deal. Okay rant over, let’s concentrate on Tuesday in Tralee at 7pm.

Kerry are chasing a sixth successive Munster title, and like Cork, had a comfortable win in the Quarter-Final against Tipperary with Paul O’Shea, Dylan Geaney, Sean Quilter and Paul Walsh among the players to impress.

Waterford were no match for Cork, and within 15 minutes it was over as a contest, and the Cork management will have learned very little but, even allowing for the paucity of the opposition, scoring 4-20 was impressive.

Conor Corbett, Aodhan O’Luasa, Cian O’Donovan, Eoin Nation, Dara O’Sullivan and Niall Hartnett all played well but players and management alike are only too well aware that the acid test is Kerry in Tralee, and if they can pass this, it opens up all sorts of permutations for the summer months.

The game will be broadcast live on C103.

One other game on over the weekend is the Tom Creedon Cup Final between Newmarket and Ballingeary, two clubs who have won the last three finals between them, it goes ahead in Macroom on Saturday at 4pm.

Enjoy Ed.

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