County action holds the weekend spotlight

South Tipp GAA

South Tipp GAA

With five of our county teams in championship action over the coming twelve days, Divisional fixtures will be taking a back seat but nonetheless some interesting fare is promised. We begin by wishing our footballers the very best of luck in their three games against the Kingdom this week. The Premier County teams will be outsiders in all three ties but the memory of last year’s fantastic under 21 success in Kerry still burns brightly. Our teams will lack nothing in terms of preparation and we should be able to give it one hundred and ten per cent of effort in all grades.

The opening games in the Divisional junior hurling (A) championship should prove competitive. This competition sponsored by John Quirke Jewellers is invariably hard to win and the three ties listed for this weekend look likely to go either way in each case. Two games on Friday evening at 7 p.m. will see Kilsheelan/Kilcash oppose Ballylooby/Castlegrace in Goatenbridge and Swans oppose St. Patricks in Kilsheelan. The clash of Kilsheelan and last year’s runners-up Ballylooby could well be the game of the round with Ballylooby getting a tentative vote to shade the issue. Swans and St. Patricks were in under 21 action last weekend and St. Patricks came out on top in fine style. They look likely to repeat that success on Friday but Swan will have other ideas. On Saturday evening Anner Park, Cloneen should house a good crowd for the local derby between Killenaule and Ballingarry. It will be tight but Killenaule might just shade it.

The final fixture is on Sunday in Goatenbridge at 12 noon and it brings into opposition Fr. Sheehys and Grangemockler/Ballyneale in under 21 hurling (C). Fr. Sheehys look the likely winners.