The excitement is growing among the club ranks as the Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship moves toward the quarter-final stage this week. Indeed, five preliminary quarter-finals took place on Saturday and Sunday with a couple of notable results catching the eye.
The North and West champions met at Holycross on Saturday when Ballinahinch impressively beat Cashel King Cormacs 0-26 to 2-14 having led by five at the break (0-14 to 0-9).
In Monroe on Saturday Kilsheelan-Kilcash edged a close contest with Carrick Davins 1-14 to 1-13 while in Cloughjordan Moneygall beat Kiladangan 4-16 to 0-12 having led 1-7 to 0-6 at half-time.
A real eye-catching result from Saturday’s action was Moyne-Templetuohy’s single-point victory over Thurles Sarsfields (0-20 to 0-19) at Gortnahoe.
Meanwhile on Sunday in Templetuohy Gortnahoe-Glengoole progressed to the quarter-finals by virtue of a 1-10 to 0-10 win over Drom & Inch.
One more preliminary quarter-final takes place on Wednesday, September 13th when South rivals Moyle Rovers and St Mary's Clonmel clash at Dr Morris Park, Thurles (7.30pm).
As it stands the updated quarter-final draw reads as follows: Moyne-Templetuohy v Moneygall, Seán Treacy's v Cappawhite, Moyle Rovers or St Mary's Clonmel v Kilsheelan-Kilcash and Gortnahoe-Glengoole v Ballinahinch.
The quarter-finals are scheduled to take place on week-ending Sunday, September 17th,
The opening round in the series of games to determine who gets relegated from the intermediate grade took place on Sunday in Dundrum when Galtee Rovers-St Pecaun drew with Boherlahan-Dualla (0-16 to 1-13).
In the second round Galtee Rovers face Lattin-Cullen Gaels and in round three Lattin-Cullen Gaels meet Boherlahan-Dualla. One team is scheduled to make the drop following Roscrea’s decision to voluntarily relegate themselves to junior A.