Friday, July 31, 2020

Ballygunner’s Conor O’Sullivan is tackled by Dunhill’s Niall Burns during the 2019 Eastern IHC Final. These teams clash again on Sunday in Kill. Photo: Maurice Hennebry. 

The eagerly awaited J. J. Kavanagh & Sons County Minor Hurling Championships get under way on Saturday across the board with the number of games significantly reduced in all divisions. In the case of each game the first named team will have home venue in the Group stage and, except where stated, all of the games on Saturday will have a 4 p.m. start.
The top teams in Division 1 will be out on Saturday with defending champions Ballygunner on home turf against arch rivals De La Salle in the three team Eastern group while fancied Abbeyside will be at home to the combined forces that make up St. Patricks/Naomh Brid in the Western group.
In Division 2A city rivals Mount Sion and Roanmore face off at 2 p.m, while Tramore are at home to neighbours Clan na Gael. There is another ‘Local Derby’ in Div. 2B with St. Mollerans at home to Ballyduff/Portlaw at 2 p.m. while in Western Group 2C Cois Brid will face a strong Brickey Rangers side in Knockanore.
The full list of weekend minor fixtures is as follows
Saturday at 4 p.m. First named teams at home.
Division 1A – Ballygunner V De La Salle. Division 1B – Abbeyside V St. Patricks/Naomh Brid
Division 2A – Mount Sion V Roanmore (2 p.m.), Tramore V Clan na Gael.
Division 2B – St. Mollerans V Ballyduff/Portlaw 2 p.m.. Division 2 C – Cois Brid V Brickey Rangers.
Division 3A – Erins Own V Ferrybank. Division 3B – Cappoquin V Ballyduff Upper
Division 3C – Clashmore/Kinsalebeg V Ardmore. Division 3D – Dungarvan V Stradbally 4 p.m.

REPEAT OF LAST YEAR’S FINAL
The big game this weekend in the East is the Gerry Kennedy Intermediate Hurling will see a repeat of last year’s divisional final between Ballygunner and Dunhill in Walsh Park on Sunday at 2 p.m. with the losers exiting the championship.
On Saturday we have two ‘Local Derbies’ with the losers exiting the championship . In Kill Portlaw will be favourites to come out on top against neighbours St. Mollerans in a 4.30 p.m. start while at 6 p.m. Butlerstown and Fenor will square up in Walsh Park with both sides hoping to bounce back from heavy weekend defeats.

Friday 31st July
Gerry Kennedy Crash Repairs JAHC Round 3
Group 1
Roanmore v Ballygunner in Walsh Park 7pm
Group 2
Mount Sion v Kilmacthomas in Dunhill 7pm
Micheál MacCraith v Dunhill in Fenor 7pm

John J. Murphy JBHC Round 3
First named team at home
Group 1
Passage ‘B’ v Erins Own 7pm
Group 2
Naomh Pól v St. Mollerans 7pm

John J. Murphy JCHC Round 3
First named team at home
Group 1
St. Saviours v Ferrybank 7pm

Saturday 1st August
Gerry Kennedy Crash Repairs IHC Round 2
Portlaw v St. Mollerans in Kill 2.30pm
Butlerstown v Fenor in Walsh Park 6pm

Sunday 2nd August
Gerry Kennedy Crash Repairs JAHC Round 3
Group 1
Ballydurn v Passage in Butlerstown 12 noon

John J. Murphy JBHC
First named team at home
Group 2
De La Salle v Mount Sion ‘B’ 12 noon

John J. Murphy JCHC Round 3
First named team at home
Group 2
Portlaw v Ballyduff Lower 12 noon

Gerry Kennedy Crash Repairs IHC Round 3
Dunhill v Ballygunner in Kill 2pm.

FIRST TEAMS TO LEAVE THE WESTERN IHC

The meeting of first round losers this coming Sunday will see two teams dropping out of the Comeragh Oil Western Intermediate Hurling Championship. Both Sliabh gCua/St. Marys and Ballinameela suffered narrow defeats to Ardmore and Ballyduff Upper last weekend and they will face off in an all or nothing game at 2 p.m. in Cappoquin on Sunday while Cappoquin and Clashmore will battle for survival in Bushy Park with a 4 p.m. starting time.
The Junior championships in all grades proceed from Saturday to Monday over the Bank Holiday weekend with some very interesting games down for decision.
The full list of Western Fixtures is as follows.
Comeragh Oil I.H.C.
Sunday – At Cappoquin 2 p.m. Sliabh gCua/St. Marys V Ballinameela. At Bushy Park 4 p.m. Cappoquin V Clashmore-Kinsalebeg.

Local Bar J.A.H.C.
Sunday – Venue T.B.C. 5.30 p.m. Geraldines V An RInn. At Fraher Field 2 p.m. Tourin V Colligan.
Monday At Dungarvan Club 3.30 p.m.Abbeyside V Brickey Rangers.

Local Bar J.B.H.C. First named team at home
Sunday – Brickey Rangers V Fourmilewater 12 noon, Lismore V Tallow 12 noon. Ballyduff Upper V Dungarvan 12 noon.

Local Bar J.C.H.C. First named team at home, all games at 2 p.m.
Monday – Kilgobinet V Cappoquin, Mt. Mellary V Clashmore, Ardmore V Shamrocks, Stradbally V Ballysaggart.

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By Phil Fanning
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