Ballygunner’s Jake Foley is tackled by Erins Own’s Sean Frampton during their Eastern Intermediate Hurling Championship game last weekend. Photo: Maurice Hennebry.
The Eastern championships in the Intermediate and Junior hurling grades featured big opening round games last weekend and there will be no let up with a full schedule in place for this coming week.
Apart from the games reported here the other big game in the Intermediate hurling championship saw a very strong De La Salle second string come out on top against a young St. Mollerans side in Dunhill on a score of 2-15 to 2-9. The big Junior hurling clash was that of Ballygunner and Roanmore in Walsh Park on Friday evening where Ballygunner’s strength in depth was further emphasised with their third string side coming out on top by 2-19 to 2-17 against what would have been regarded as a strong Roanmore second string. Clearly the Gunners are targeting a clean sweep of the major grades this year.
Goals proved the difference in the Junior A clash between Passage and Fenor in Walsh Park with Passage having the better of a keenly contested game on a score of 3-11 to 0-12. The remaining Junior A game in Carrickbeg on Sunday saw Clonea and Ballydurn playing out a hard fought draw on a score of Clonea 0-21 Ballydurn 2-15.
It would seem that the second string sides of the senior clubs have the edge over the Intermediate and Junior clubs at these group stages when they have their full contingents of regraded players on board but it will be interesting to see how matters pan out with the start of the senior championships.
GERRY KENNEDY CRASH REPAIRS INTERMEDIATE HURLING
This week will see Portlaw opening their Intermediate campaign in Dunhill on Thursday evening when they take on a Butlerstown side seeking to bounce back from their defeat by Tramore last weekend. Portlaw will be favourites here but Butlerstown were well in the game against Tramore up to the final minutes and will benefit from that outing. On Friday, strong title contenders Ferrybank will take the field against St. Mollerans in Fenor with the Villagers favourites to come through here.
A feature of last weekend’s games was the number of Intermediate teams fielding very much below strength sides. While Erins Own suffered the consequences in that regard the problem was very obvious in the meeting of St. Saviours and Ballyduff Lower on Sunday last with the Kilmeaden side particularly hard hit by holidays. It is not clear if the situation will hav improved for those clubs by this coming weekend as Saviours and Erins Own meet in Butlerstown on Saturday at 3 pm. while Ballyduff Lower will need all their resources at their disposal when they face Ballygunner in Dunhill at 4.30 pm. on Sunday next.
THURSDAY, JULY 28
Gerry Kennedy I.H.C. Gr. 1 – Portlaw V Butlerstown in Dunhill 7.30pm.
Gerry Kennedy J.H.C. A – Mount Sion V Passage in Walsh Park 7.30pm.
John J. Murphy J.H.C B – St. Mollerans (Home) V De La Salle 7.30pm.
John J Murphy J.H.C. C – Clonea B (Home) V Ferrybank 7.30pm.
FRIDAY, JULY 29
Gerry Kennedy I.H.C. Gr. 2 – St. Mollerans V Ferrybank in Fenor 7.30pm.
Gerry Kennedy J.H.C. A – Ballygunner V Clonea in Kill 7.30pm.
John J. Murphy J.H.C. B – Dunhill (Home) V Erins Own 7.30pm.
John J. Murphy J.H.C. ‘C’ – Passage (Home) V St. Saviours and Tramore (Home) V Roanmore at 7.30pm.
SATURDAY, JULY 30
Gerry Kennedy I.H.C. GR 3 – St. Saviours V Erins Own in Butlerstown 3pm.
Gerry Kennedy J.H.C. A – Ballydurn V Roanmore in Dunhill at 6pm.
SUNDAY, JULY 31
Gerry Kennedy I.H.C. Gr. 3 – Ballygunner V Ballyduff Lower in Dunhill 4.30pm.