South Tipp GAA
With three finals to be played - Intermediate football, under 21 hurling (A) and under 21 hurling (B) to complete the year’s programme, this weekend should see the under 21 competitions make further progress to the deciders.
Two games are down for decision and they promise to provide lively enounters. On Saturday in Monroe at 2-30, St. Patricks will oppose Skeheenarinky in the Pat Cleere under 21 hurling (B) semi-final while on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Kilsheelan, Ballingarry will face Moyle Rovers in the Bob Fitzgerald under 21 hurling (A) semi-final.
St. Patricks will be marginal favourites to account for Skeheenarinky but the latter club is having a great year and were ever so close to winning a County minor (B) final.
Their challenge must be respected and they look sure to make things difficult for the the lads from Drangan and Cloneen. Swans await the winners in the final.
In the Bob Fitzgerald sponsored (A) grade, Ballingarry recorded a good win over St. Marys last Sunday and they now face Moyle Rovers for the right to meet Killenaule or Mullinahone in the final. A fine game is expected from teams who will be able to field a number of very talented young players. Last weekend’s outing should stand to Ballingarry and they may enjoy a slight edge over their rivals.
The outstanding performances of the C.J. Kickhams club from Mullinahone in winning two County titles in successive days last weekend boosted their image and that of the South Division. South successes in the Minor (A) hurling championship are rare and the club’s performance in defeating Eire Og, Nenagh in that final was a tremendous feat and a great credit to all concerned. To follow up on the following day with a decisive win over Emly in the County Intermediate football decider really put the icing on the cake and showed that our games are very much alive and well in Kickham country. The entire Division salutes everyone involved on and off the field.