Round three of the Comeragh Oil-sponsored Intermediate Hurling Championship took place at venues across the division on Friday and Saturday night last. The big game of the round was the meeting of the previously unbeaten Cappoquin and Dungarvan at the Castle Farm Grounds in Lismore. An evenly-contested game between the two sides ensued with Cappoquin emerging winners on a score of 2-15 to 1-15.
Elsewhere Abbeyside’s second string proved too strong for Ballysaggart, winning 1-16 to 1-9. Ardmore were always in control against Lismore’s second string, beateing them by 2-19 to 1-9. Neighbours Colligan and Modeligo fought out a 1-11 to 2-8 draw and in another very close game Brickeys had the minimum to spare when they played Shamrocks, running out 2-16 to 3-12 winners.
In the Local Bar-sponsored Junior Hurling Championship, St Marys are still without a win, going under for the third successive week, this time to Ballinameela by 2-10 to 0-14.
At Bushy Park Kilgobinet proved too strong for Kilrossanty, winning by 1-15 to 0-9, and at Lismore on Friday evening Tourin/Glen Rovers made light work of Geraldines.
In the junior second string competitions Fourmilewater ran out 2-11 to 0-2 winners over An Rinn, Clashmore had five points to spare against Shamrocks (1-10 to 0-8), while Dungarvan completely overran neighbours Brickey Rangers, winning by a stagggering 4-25 to 0-1. Cappoquin had a comfortable 1-17 to 1-4 win over Kilgobinet at Dungarvan.
U21 Football Finals
The Western Division adult Board will hope that it is “third time lucky”, having re-fixed its under 21 ‘A’ and ‘B’ Football championships for this coming Sunday at Fraher Field.
The two previous attempts to play the games had to be abandoned because of the number of players involved that were also occupied with the county minor football team.
The ‘B’ final will see Kilrossanty take on St Olivers at 2pm. In their earlier games in the competition Kilrossanty first recorded a comprehensive win over Comeragh Rangers on a 3-11 to 1-3 scoreline and in the semi-final proved to be that little bit too strong for Brickeys, winning 1-11 to 1-9.
For the Geraldines and Ballinameela combination, they entered the competition at the semi-final stages and recorded a 3-11 to 2-3 win over neighbours from up the Blackwater, Affane.
The pairing of Kilrossanty and St Olivers is an interesting one and there should be some good football on show. The winners of the Kilrossanty and St Olivers game will meet Tramore in the County Final.
The ‘A’ Final could also prove to be a very entertaining tie between two sides that have dominated the western underage competitions in recent years in the higher grades.
Nire have won the County ‘A’ football finals at minor level over the past few years and many of the players involved in these finals will be part of the under 21 team this year. Clashmore in recent years have done remarkably at under 16 level winning a number of titles at under 16 level and in the younger age groups.
They have also done well in this years minor championship and this week will play Rathgormack in the ‘A’ semi finals of that championship, and many of the players in the minor team will also be involved with the under 21s.
To pick a winner of the ‘A’ Championship in advance of the game is near impossible. The only thing that’s certain is the winners will play De La Salle in the county decider.
In both of the divisional finals if the games end all-square after 60 minutes, extra time will be played.