South Tipp GAA
Round three of the South Tipp senior hurling championship is scheduled for the coming week and the two games listed should attract the biggest attendances of the year to date.
The action will begin on this Friday evening with the clash of Killenaule and holders Mullinahone in Fethard and conclude on Tuesday evening in Davin Park, Carrick-on-Suir with the eagerly awaited local derby between Swan and Davins. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m and the advice to patrons is to come early.
After two rounds of the competition Killenaule already look to have booked their place in the semi-finals having gained two runaway wins over both Carrick sides. Their clash against Mullinahone will be their greatest test to date but they are playing well and will be confident of accounting for the champions in what should prove a most interesting encounter.
C.J. Kickhams will of course be without county captain Paul Curran but they showed in defeating Ballingarry in their opening game that their ambition to put two titles back to back looks well on course. Whatever the final outcome patrons should relish this latest clash of two sides who have provided many stirring contests down the years.
On Tuesday evening all roads will lead to Davin Park despite the fact that the two local teams have failed to show anything like their true form in their opening games.
Clashes between them however are invariably something special as their meetings in the past two years have underlined. The atmosphere has been wonderful and the hurling right out of the top drawer and there is no doubt but that the crowds will gather again on Tuesday for more of the same. Both teams have lots to prove and with plenty at stake - a semi-final spot on the one hand and a possible trip down the dreaded relegation road on the other - so patrons should not be disappointed and look sure to enjoy their evening. The message is – Bi ann gan teip.
The first shots were fired in the Martins Fruit and Veg Intermediate hurling championship on Sunday evening last and great interest should centre on the clash of St. Marys and Ballybacon-Grange in a second round tie at Cahir on this (Friday) evening at 7 p.m.
Following all the disappointments experienced by Ballybacon-Grange at their controversial exit from the senior hurling grade they are now out to prove themselves in the lower sphere and what better way to start than by lowering the colours of the champions. St. Marys will of course have other ideas and it looks a game well worthy of a visit.
Two games in the same grade are scheduled for Saturday evening and should also be well supported. Grangemockler/Ballyneale face Moyle Rovers in Cloneen whilst in Monroe Cahir and Fethard cross camans. Both ties are timed for 7 p.m.
All grades are now reaching a climax and a few vital fixtures are scheduled.
In the Sureprint sponsored (A) competition Ballyporeen will face Kilsheelan Gaels in what should prove a lively contest in Goatenbridge on Friday evening whist the clash of Commercials and Moyle Rovers will be an attractive clash in Kilsheelan at 12 noon on Sunday. Two games in the Kent sponsored (B) championship are also arranged for Sunday with Cahir tackling Ballingarry in Ned Hall Park at 12 noon and Killenaule opposing Swans in Kilsheelan following the (A) tie at 1-30 p.m.
The (C) semi-final between Ballylooby/Castlegrace and Fr. Sheehys will be staged in Ballyporeen at 2 p.m. on Sunday and should attract great local interest.