GAA Focus shift to club action on hurling front

Thirteen County senior hurling games down for decision in Tipperary this weekend.

Thirteen County senior hurling games down for decision in Tipperary this weekend.

There are thirteen county senior hurling championship games down for decision and for many clubs it will be the end of the road for 2014. The Board is making full use of the weekend with the matches starting on Friday evening and continuing right through until Sunday evening. Interestingly, there are no games on the Bank Holiday Monday thereby giving county players a full two week break before the clash with Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Also down for decision are three county senior football championship games and three county intermediate hurling championship games to round off a very busy weekend on the local GAA scene.

County champions Loughmore Castleiney are not out in the hurling code, but they are playing Ballyporeen in the football at Cashel on Friday evening.

However, last years runners-up Nenagh Eire Og are out against Roscrea on Friday evening in Moneygall at 7:30pm and in the same group Clonoulty Rossmore are taking on Templederry in The Ragg on Saturday at 7:30pm.

Saturday sees eight senior hurling games down for decision with Swans taking on Kildangan in Holycross at 6:00pm; Mullinahone taking on Borrisokane in Templemore at the same time; Sarsfields locking horns with Portroe in The Ragg at 6:00pm; Moycarkey Borris taking on Eire Og Anacarty Donohill in Holycross at 7:30pm; while in Cashel, Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams will play Carrick Davis.

On Sunday in Dolla at 12 noon Drom-Inch take on Burgess, while in Newport at the same time Cappawhite play Moneygall. A real mouthwatering clash in Boherlahan sees Holycross Ballycahill take on Cashel King Cormakcs at 1:00pm and this game will be followed by Killenaule against Upperchurch Drombane at 2:30pm. Also at 1:30pm in Dolla, Lorrha Dorrha take on JK Brackens in the second game of the double header.

The county championship so far has seen many entertaining games as well as a few one-sided affairs. However, as this is the last round, there will be a lot at stake for participants and the expectation is that the games will be very keenly contested indeed.

There are three county intermediate hurling championship games down for decision also with Moyne Templetuohy taking on Sean Treacy’s on Friday in Clonoulty at 7:30pm, while on Saturday Ballinahinch will be doing all in their power to curb former Tipp goalie Brendan Cummins’ scoring exploits for Ballybacon Grange when they clash at Cashel at 6:00pm - Cummins scored 0-19 in his last outing from centre forward.

Meanwhile in Sean Treacy Park on Sunday, Lattin Cullen take on Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun at 12 noon.

Plenty to see then over the weekend. Enjoy the fare.