South Tipp GAA
The second round of the South Tipperary senior hurling championship is confidently expected to provide excellent entertainment next weekend and there is no doubt as to the main attraction as Carrick’s Davin Park will be the mecca for all fans on Sunday at 1-30 p.m. for the local derby between the championship holders Swans and their great local rivals Davins.
A year ago the teams attracted a huge crowd and provided one of the best games seen in the Division for quite a while and Sunday’s renewal is awaited with great interest. A Carrick derby has a unique atmosphere, every ball is contested with great fervour before a largely partisan but discerning audience and the teams have seldom failed to deliver value for money.
Swan took the spoils in last year’s unforgettable clash by 2-17 to 1-18 and with both sides having got off to a good start in this year’s battle for a place in the semi-finals another cracking contest is on the cards.
Swan drew with Killenaule in the opening round whilst Davins left it late before accounting for Ballybacon-Grange by the narrowest of margins. Swans will start favourites to confirm last year’s form but Davins are growing in confidence and if they can overcome their injury problems they will be confident of turning the tables. Patrons are asked to arrive early in Carrick and obey the stewards as another huge attendance is anticipated.
The senior hurling action will begin on Saturday evening in Fethard at 6-45 p.m. with the meeting of Ballingarry and Killenaule which is another contest sure to attract widespread support. Ballingarry got off the the best possible start when accounting for Mullinahone in the opening round whilst Killenaule held Swan to a draw in a repeat of last year’s decider. Those games have set this clash up nicely and the issue looks delicately poised although Killenaule will probably start marginal favourites.
Whatever the final outcome it looks like another game to savour on a great weekend of hurling action.
The third senior hurling clash of the weekend, the meeting of Ballybacon-Grange and Mullinahone will be staged in Clonmel on Monday afternoon at 3-30 p.m. and here again a battle royal is expected as Mullinahone now need to win after a disappointing opening defeat and Ballybacon-Grange will be encouraged following their narrowest of margins loss to Davins. Mullinahone had a comfortable win when the sides met a year ago and they will be expected to again take both points although they may have to be satisfied with a much smaller winning margin against an opposition that is well capable of causing an upset.
Monday’s Clonmel clash will have a very interesting curtain-raiser at 2 p.m. in the shape of the Martins Fruit & Veg intermediate hurling championship tie between Moyle Rovers and Grangemockler/Ballyneale.
A double bill of intermediate action is also listed for Monroe on Sunday evening. The opening tie between Fr. Sheehys and Fethard is listed for 5 p.m. whilst Cahir will face St. Marys in what looks likely to be a lively contest at 6 -30 p.m.