West Tipperary intermediate hurling championship starts with four cracking games

West Tipperary intermediate hurling championship starts with four cracking games

Quarter finals on this weekend.

The Tipperary Credit Union West Intermediate Hurling Championship kicks off this weekend.

Eight teams, Arravale Rovers, Cappawhite, Cashel King Cormacs, Galtee Rovers, Golden/Kilfeacle, Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams, Lattin/Cullen Gaels and Sean Treacys will battle it out for the Johnny Leahy Cup between this coming weekend and the end of April.

The competition will be run on a straight knockout basis with no second chance leaving four intriguing quarter finals to look forward to. Unlike previous years the semi-finals of the competition were also drawn in January. 

1 Cashel King Cormacs v Arravale Rovers

2. Sean Treacys v Lattin/ Cullen Gaels

3. Galtee Rovers v Cappawhite 

4. Golden/Kilfeacle v Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams

Semis: 2 v 4; 1 v 3

Tipperary Credit Union West Intermediate Hurling Championship Launch 2018 - l-r Darragh Browne (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams), Sean Hickey (Sean Treacys), Aidan O'Connell (Golden/Kilfeacle), Paddy Dalton (Arravale Rovers), John O'Shea (West Chairman), Pat Shanahan (CEO, Tipperary Credit Union), Catherine Hogan (Tipperary Credit Union), Michael McCarthy (West Secretary), Tom Treacy (Cappawhite), Pat Marnane (Galtee Rovers, Simon Delaney (Cashel King Cormacs), Shane Russell (Lattin/Cullen Gaels).

Cashel King Cormacs v Arravale Rovers 

The first of the quarter finals goes ahead this Saturday in Golden with a 4pm throw in and is a repeat of last year’s quarter final as defending champions Cashel King Cormacs get the defence of their title underway against 2013 champions Arravale Rovers. 

Cashel King Cormacs have won two of the last three titles in the grade, winning six of their seven matches in three years in the Division. Their only defeat coming at the hands of Sean Treacys in 2016 who would go on and win the competition.  

Arravale Rovers are the most successful team in the competitions history with seven titles to their name, but have just won one title (2013) since 1997. 

They captured their first title in 1986 and in the intervening twelve years they added a further five titles.  Success has somewhat eluded them in the West since that 2013 victory over Sean Treacys as they aim to win their first game in the competition since their 2013 success and end a run of six successive defeats.

 

Cappawhite v Galtee Rovers 

Galtee Rovers and Cappawhite will meet in the second quarter final on Sunday in Leahy Park Cashel with a 2pm throw in, which will be a first meeting in the grade.

When they came up Intermediate in 2000 Galtee Rovers landed two West Titles in a row before going up Senior. Upon their relegation from Senior in 2006 they claimed the next four West Intermediate Hurling titles in the Division to put them second in the roll of honour. 

That 2010 title was their last success in the competition but they remain the last team to retain the title (2010). They last appeared in the final in 2015 losing to Cashel King Cormacs. They have won three of their last nine games in the competition. Their last win coming in the 2015 semi-final victory over Golden/Kilfeacle. 

Cappawhite last year’s beaten County semi-finalists are in their third year in Intermediate and will be looking for their first victory having drawn two and lost two games in the competition to date. In 2016 they were defeated by Golden/Kilfeacle after a replay and in 2017 suffered the same fate against Lattin/Cullen Gaels.

 

Lattin/Cullen Gaels v Sean Treacys

The third quarter final on Monday in Cappawhite at 2pm sees a clash of the 2014 champions Lattin/Cullen Gaels and 2016 champions Sean Treacys.

Last year’s runners up Lattin/Cullen Gaels will be looking to go one better in 2018 having come up short to Cashel King Cormacs in 2017. Since joining with Aherlow in 2013 they have been a constant force in the competition, winning six and drawing two of their fourteen matches. 

In 2016 Sean Treacys claimed their first title in the grade in thirteen years when they got the better of Golden/Kilfeacle. Twelve months later they were eliminated at the semi-final stage as the 2016 County semi-finalists failed to get back to a second decider in a row. They have won seven of their last twelve matches in the competition.

 

Golden/Kilfeacle v Knockavilla Kickhams

The final quarter final on Monday evening at 5pm sees Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams take on Golden/ Kilfeacle. Kickhams will be playing Intermediate hurling for the first time since regrading for the 1992 campaign which ended with them claiming county honours. Golden/Kilfeacle were beaten finalists in 2014 and 2016. Golden/Kilfeacle will be looking for their first title in the grade since 1995. Since coming down in 2013 Golden/Kilfeacle have won five, drawn one of their ten games. Incidentally the sides last met in the Intermediate grade in the 1992 West semi-final which was won by Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams.

The semi-finals are pencilled in for the weekend of April 22nd and the final a week later.

A great weekend of hurling in the division and we urge supporters to come out and support their teams.