The 2018 Tipperary Water County Hurling League is closing in on the knock-out stages of the competition with Toomevara catching the eye in division one - last season’s division two champions have invested heavily in the league once more this year and have been rewarded with five successive, and eye-catching, victories over Thurles Sarsfields, Borris-Ileigh, Éire Óg Annacarty, Portroe and, most recently, Mullinahone - the Greyhounds 0-21 to 0-18 victory over Mullinahone on Friday emphatically secured a place in the league semi-finals for the side managed by Tommy Dunne and Denis Kelly.
Please note that the Tipperary Water County Hurling League semi-finals are scheduled to take place on the week-ending Sunday, July 8th while the finals are scheduled to take place on the week-ending Sunday, July 22nd.
In group one of division one Thurles Sarsfields and defending champions Borris-Ileigh meet on Wednesday night next to determine who will join Toomevara in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile bottom-placed Portroe enjoy an opportunity to avoid relegation should they beat Éire Óg Annacarty next Wednesday night - if Portroe win that contest Mullinahone will be relegated since Annacarty would edge Mullinahone out on their head-to-head record.
Prior to the weekend it was all to play for in division one group two, but Roscrea gave a walkover to Nenagh Éire Óg on Friday night and duly handed the Blues a place in the semi-finals - should Upperchurch-Drombane beat Drom & Inch on Wednesday night next John Ryan’s men can draw level on points with Nenagh, but Éire Óg would progress on the head-to-head record.
Meanwhile on Sunday Kiladangan beat Clonoulty-Rossmore (0-19 to 2-11) to top the group.
Drom & Inch can avoid relegation if they can manage to beat Upperchurch-Drombane on Wednesday evening meaning that the side to face the drop would then be determined by scoring difference with Roscrea, Upperchurch and Clonoulty-Rossmore all, potentially, locked on four points.
The semi-final line-up reads as follows: Toomevara v Nenagh Éire Óg and Kildangan v Thurles Sarsfields or Borris-Ileigh.
In division two group one Burgess beat Newport (4-21 to 1-15) on Friday night and on Sunday Kilruane MacDonagh’s proved far too strong for Holycross-Ballycahill (2-25 to 0-17) while Lorrha-Dorrha were given a walkover by JK Bracken’s.
As a result JK Bracken’s have been relegated while Kilruane MacDonagh’s won the group and Burgess finished second.
Loughmore-Castleiney’s 1-23 to 0-22 win over Ballingarry on Sunday ensured that Declan Laffan’s men top their group while the Templederry Kenyons beat Moycarkey-Borris 3-22 to 1-17 and duly leap-frogged the Mid men into the league semi-finals on the head-to-head record.
Meanwhile Silvermines faced Killenaule on Sunday knowing that the loser would be relegated from division two. And, the ‘Mines came through that contest when winning impressively (0-28 to 3-15).
In the semi-finals Kilruane MacDonagh’s will face Templederry and Burgess will meet Loughmore-Castleiney.
Seán Treacy’s have set an impressive pace in division three group one winning all five of their games and will be joined in the semi-finals by Ballina who beat St Mary’s Clonmel (2-15 to 0-19) and duly grabbed second place at the expense of Cappawhite who lost to Moneygall (0-8 to 2-18).
Borrisokane have been relegated from the division.
On Saturday evening Knockavilla Kickhams and Moyne-Templetuohy drew (1-18 apiece) - as a result both sides progressed to the knock-out stage of the league.
Carrick Swans beat Cashel King Cormacs (3-16 to 2-13) while Ballinahinch saw off the challenge of Lattin-Cullen Gaels (1-23 to 0-13) and managed to avoid relegation - Lattin-Cullen Gaels will make the drop alongside Borrisokane.
In the semi-finals Seán Treacy’s will take on Moyne-Templetuohy while Ballina will face Knockavilla Kickhams.
There are seven teams in division four group one so there is still some distance to travel there - on Sunday Shannon Rovers enjoyed a walk-over against Galtee Rovers while Kiladangan drew with Ballybacon-Grange (0-14 apiece). Gortnahoe-Glengoole and Carrick Davins will meet on Wednesday evening next in a key group one fixture.
Meanwhile in group two Drom & Inch beat Moyle Rovers (5-14 to 1-14), Clonakenny proved far too strong for Arravale Rovers (4-29 to 1-14) and Boherlahan-Dualla received a walk-over from Knockshegowna meaning that Drom & Inch have topped the group and Boherlahan-Dualla have finished second. Relegation here will be determined by the result of the contest between Arravale Rovers and Knockshegowna.
On Sunday in division five Grangemockler-Ballyneale beat Thurles Gaels (3-22 to 3-10) while Skeheenarinky and Golden-Kilfeacle received walk-overs from Rockwell Rovers and Boherlahan-Dualla respectively.
As a result Kilsheelan-Kilcash have topped group one and will be joined in the semi-finals by Grangemockler-Ballyneale. In group two St Patrick’s and Golden-Kilfeacle set the pace and are in an unassailable position while Cahir and Toomevara are relegated to division six.
Both groups in division six feature seven teams so there is still some distance to go.
On Sunday Father Sheehy's beat Marlfield (2-13 to 0-5) while Fethard proved too strong for Mullinahone (0-15 to 0-9).
Two more contests are scheduled to take place on Tuesday night (Ballylooby-Castlegrace v Rosegreen and Clonmel Óg v Killea) and those results should help to put a significant shape on group two.
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