‘Business end’ of Senior Football Championship begins this weekend

Twelve teams remain in contention for the County senior football championship but that is scheduled to be reduced to eight this week with four preliminary quarter finals down for decision.

Twelve teams remain in contention for the County senior football championship but that is scheduled to be reduced to eight this week with four preliminary quarter finals down for decision.

Tipperary have already had to forego a place in the Munster club championship because of the lateness in finishing the county competition - it is unprecedented that so many teams still remain involved up to the middle of November.

Contributory factors are the new group system and Tipperary’s late involvement in the All-Ireland senior hurling championship, including a replay three weeks after the drawn game.

Dual clubs such as Loughmore/Castleiney, Killenaule and Eire Og Annacarty have also complicated the issue.

The 12 teams that remain are broken down into three groups of four.

Straight through to the quarter finals after finishing top of their group are Aherlow Gaels, Cahir, holders Loughmore/Castleiney and Killenaule.

The teams for the preliminary quarter finals are the teams that finished second in the groups.

These four teams that finished second in the groups play the four divisional winners or if these teams have already qualified they are replaced by the next highest non qualifying team from the group that they participated in.

The teams that finished second in the groups are Kilsheelan/Kilcash, Arravale Rovers, JK Brackens and Moyle Rovers.

The teams that will play these second place teams are:

Thomas MacDonaghs, Ardfinnan, who finished third in the JK Brackens (Mid Champions) group and had not already qualified; Galtee Rovers and Éire Óg Annacarty, who finished third in the Killenaule (South Champions) group and had not already qualified.

DRAW FOR SENIOR FOOTBALL PRELIMINARY Q-FINALS

The draws for these preliminary quarter finals were made on Monday night and they are - on Saturday, Arravale Rovers play Ardfinnnan in Bansha; Moyle Rovers play Galtee Rovers in Clonmel; and Kilsheelan/Kilcash play Thomas McDonaghs in Cashel, all at 2pm. Then on Sunday JK Brackens play Eire Og Annacarty in Drombane at 2pm.

FOOTBALL RELEGATION

Meanwhile, Fethard and Clonmel Og clash in a relegation Round 1 fixture in Monroe at 2pm on Saturday. Other weekend county fixtures include Killenaule and Rosegreen meeting in the JHC ‘B’ final at Littleton on Saturday at 2pm, and Newport and St Patrick’s meeting in the Junior Hurling League semi-final at Annacarty at 2.30pm.