South Tipp GAA
The third round of the South Tipperary senior hurling championship will be staged over the coming days and topclass action looks assured.
The round will get underway on Thursday evening in Monroe with the clash of Swans and Mullinahone and this game looks sure to be a crowd puller.
Swan are the holders and they have begun the defence of their crown with drawn games against Killenaule and Davins. They’ll now be looking for a win against Kickhams to move them nearer to a semi-final spot. Kickhams also have two points in the bag from two games and they too will be more than keen to come out on top.
It should be close and hardfought with Swan getting the vote to emerge victorious by a narrow margin.
On Friday evening Davins play Killenaule in another most attractive clash at a venue to be confirmed. Both sides badly need a win and Davins who will have been encouraged by their fine performance against Swan will hope to go one better. Killenaule have not been firing on all cylinders and will hope to bounce back but they will need to be at the top of their form if they are to do so. The SHC ties on Thursday and Friday are both fixed for 7 p.m.
The final game of the round between Ballybacon-Grange and unbeaten Ballingarry will be played in Clonmel on Sunday evening at 6-30 p.m. A win here would ensure Ballingarry of a place in the semis and they will be favourites to come out on top. Ballybacon however have only narrowly lost their opening ties and are well capable of causing an upset in what should prove another highly interesting encounter.
A full round of games in the Martins Fruit & Veg Intermediate hurling championship is also scheduled for the weekend. Two evening games on Saturday are listed for 7 p.m. with St. Marys opposing Fr. Sheehys in Goatenbridge and Cahir facing Grangemockler/Ballyneale in Clonmel in Kilsheelan. St. Marys and Cahir will be the favourites in each case but they should not under rate the opposition. On Sunday Moyle Rovers tackle Fethard in Kilsheelan at 1-30 p.m. and whilst Moyle Rovers will be strong favourites Fethard have enough talent to make their presence felt in what should prove a lively battle.
Under 21 H. Games
The senior hurling tie at Clonmel on Sunday evening will have an excellent curtain-raiser at 5 p.m. in the shape of the Fitzgerald Hardware under 21Hurling (A) tie between Mullinahone and Killenaule. This clash should prove a cracker and patrons are advised to come early. Also on Sunday in the Pat Cleere sponsored (B) grade Swans will face St. Patricks in Monroe at 5 p.m. and whilst the Carrick side will start favourites they should be prepared for a close encounter against spirited opposition.
Clonmel Oil SFC
Following last weekend’s very interesting results Moyle Rovers now have 12 points with Commercials on 10. Killenaule are next on 7 together with Kilsheelan/Kilcash whilst Cahir are on 6.
It is now extremely close at the bottom with Swans and Fethard on 4 and Clonmel Og and Ardfinnan on 3 each.
The top two teams will qualify for the semi-finals and the next four teams will play off in quarter-finals whilst the bottom three will exit the championship.