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Former Clare hurler Niall Gilligan is still a key player for Sixmilebridge.
Former Clare hurler Niall Gilligan is still a key player for Sixmilebridge.

Preview: Club Hurling action


Sunday November 5

Munster SHC Semi-Finals

Ballygunner (Waterford) v Sixmilebridge (Clare), Walsh Park, 2pm

It has been an epic couple of months stuffed with dramatic matches for Ballygunner.

Sunday's tussle with Sixmilebridge promises to be another tough test at Walsh Park.

Ballygunner eventually shrugged off Thurles Sarsfields last Sunday with Pauric Mahony's delightful insurance score a fitting end to a compelling game.

Now the Waterford standard bearers face the Clare champions, who defeated Clooney-Quin following a replay.

Sixmilebridge have produced a string of outstanding underage teams and those talented hurlers are contributing at the top level now.

Seadna Morey and Jamie Shanahan can land scores from distance, Shane Golden struck five from play in the second encounter against Clooney-Quin.

Niall Gilligan, the decorated Clare hero from the 90s, is still relevant to the Bridge cause. That mix of youth and experience served them well in Clare.

Pauric Mahony remains an efficient forward for Ballygunner, who also feature Stephen O'Keeffe, Barry Coughlan, Philip Mahony, and the exciting Brian O'Sullivan.

Those players have spearheaded another good campaign for Ballygunner, who know that the next hour will be revealing.

Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) v Blackrock (Cork), Gaelic Grounds, 2pm

This should be interesting for several different reasons.

In the Limerick corner Na Piarsaigh thundered to All Ireland success in 2016. Three Munster titles have been accumulated since 2011 so Na Piarsaigh are an established outfit.

Tradition counts deeply in Blackrock, though, with five provincial crowns and three All Irelands won in the 1970s.

East Cork Divisional team Imokilly defeated Blackrock in last month's County Final by 3-13 to 0-18.

Michael O'Halloran nailed eight points for the Rockies, while Alan O'Callaghan and Ciaran Cormack are other well regarded forwards.

While Shane Dowling is ruled out with a knee injury, Na Piarsaigh's team is still sprinkled with prominent hurlers. Alan Dempsey, Ronan Lynch, David Dempsey, Kevin Downes, and Peter Casey are accomplished performers.

The Healion brothers following the Offaly SHC Final.
The Healion brothers following the Offaly SHC Final.

Leinster SHC Quarter-Finals

Kilcormac-Killoughey (Offaly) v Castletown Geoghegan (Westmeath), Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park, 2pm

Having claimed a fourth Offaly crown since 2012, Kilcormac-Killoughey enter the Leinster race with equal measures of hope and expecation.

The County Final win over St Rynagh's was achieved following a dynamic opening period display.

Rynagh's did launch a comeback mission after the restart, but Kilcormac-Killoughey held on with the Healion brothers playing leading roles.

Ciaran Slevin notched 1-7, while Dan Currams marked his return from injury with three important scores.

Castletown Geoghegan, though, can be viewed as dangerous opponents especially following the manner of their win over Raharney.

Aonghus Clarke rifled over a dozen points in that victory, while Paddy Maloney and Niall O'Brien are other key figures.

Camross (Laois) v Mount Leinster Rangers (Carlow), O'Moore Park, 2pm

Leinster champions in 1976 and 1996, Camross bring a promising team into battle on Saturday.

Mount Leinster Rangers successful journey through the province in 2013 was one of the greatest club stories so both clubs have history in this competition.

Camross beat Clough-Ballacolla by 3-14 to 1-19 in a thrilling Laois Final which was decided by a late Mark Dowling goal.

Zane Keenan, Dwayne Palmer, and Niall Holmes scored handsomely against Clough-Ballacolla.

Mount Leinster Rangers impressed against St Mullins with Denis Murphy sharp from frees.

Chris Nolan pinched five points from play, while the Coadys are established figures for Mount Leinster Rangers.

Cuala (Dublin) v Dicksboro (Kilkenny), Parnell Park, 2pm

Another intriguing game is imminent at the Donnycarney venue.

All Ireland champions Cuala did enough to land a third Dublin crown in a row, while Dicksboro will be buoyed up by their exploits in Kilkenny.

Oisin Gough plundered two goals in that win against James Stephens while Bill Sheehan and Martin Gaffney also registered vital scores.

Cillian Buckley and Ollie Walsh are other leading players for Dicksboro, who now face a classy Cuala outfit.

Kilmacud Crokes caused Cuala some problems, but prompted by David Treacy, Daithi O'Connell, and the O'Callaghan brothers, Mattie Kenny's charges closed the deal.

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