Qualifiers and sky sports don’t matter much to the Junior “A” hurler in Tipperary. The Championship is in full swing in all quaters, with the North throwing in the ball last week. The Mid and South divisions have a couple of big games lined up for this weekend.
In Mid-Tipp Thurles Gaels will play Moyne-Templetouhy on Friday in Kickham Park. Gaels have already bagged an important win against Upperchurch and a win on Friday should book them a semi-final spot. Their opponents, Moyne will play their first game and they have form going into this game. A league final win against Sarsfields in Thulres will have done the confidence the world of good. They have added a few players to their squad from the Intermediate panel, bringing with them invaulable experience. A win for Moyne would set Gaels back and put Moyne in the driving seat for the play-offs.
The South has another crucial game on Saturday evening with St.Patricks playing Clonmel Óg. If Pats can continue on from their win over Skeheenarinky, Clonmel will have a lot to do, to stop them. Pats ripped a hole in Skeheenarinkys season, with a devastating 3.19 - .09 win. A win Saturday, would surely put Pats top of their group. They have a solid defense and that will help with the points difference needed for top spot. Clonmel Óg’s draw in their last outing against Ballylooby/Castlegrace should provide some confidence for the battle ahead. Óg could give themselves an outside shot with a win, but they would be hoping for another St.Pats defeat in the next round.
The North will see a replay of the league semi-final from the end of May. Knockshegowna beat Templederry Kenyons on that accasion by two points, and will look to reafirm their superiority over the Kenyons. Templederry like any hurling team in the country, will be looking to start with a win. We will look to have a round up of all these games next week. If you are a junior hurler, let your team mates know about the Junior “A” round up here on the Star, the more views we get the better the coverage will be. We will get a more detailed look at the games and players.