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Tipperary star Brendan Maher is a key player for Borris-Ileigh.
Tipperary star Brendan Maher is a key player for Borris-Ileigh.

Preview: Club Hurling action


Sunday October 8

Tipperary SHC Final

Borris-Ileigh v Thurles Sarsfields, Semple Stadium, 3.30pm

The aristocratic Thurles Sarsfields face Borris-Ileigh, another team with a proud tradition, in what promises to be an interesting decider at Semple Stadium.

Sarsfields are looking to complete a four-in-a-row, while Borris-Ileigh contest their first final since 1988.

That Borris-Ileigh outfit was sprinkled with inter-county stars and the current panel has similar involvement.

Brendan Maher and Dan McCormack are prominent figures for Borris-Ileigh, who also include former Tipperary back Paddy Stapleton.

Borris-Ileigh delivered a fine display at the penultimate stage, defeating Drom-Inch 1-16 to 1-12 with a late McCormack goal decisive.

Thurles Sarsfields didn't encounter too much bother when overcoming Eire Og, Annacarty by 0-27 to 0-18.

The Maher brothers, Padraic and Ronan, are influential players for Sarsfields, who will also be looking to free taker Pa Bourke and Aidan McCormack for inspiration in attack.

Borris-Ileigh remain fully aware of the threat Sarsfields carry so the underdogs crave a good start.

Kerry SHC Final

Ballyduff v Lixnaw, Austin Stack Park, 3pm

A storming semi-final over holders Kilmoyley ensures Ballyduff enter this final loaded with confidence.

Earlier in the competition Lixnaw defeated Ballyduff by 3-19 to 1-16 in an open encounter.

It is unlikely to be as high scoring on Sunday considering the stakes are piled high for two committed teams.

Shane Conway is a very promising youngster for Lixnaw, who will need to be solid defensively.

Ballyduff's Padraig Boyle is a serious goal threat, while the talented Jack Goulding must also be monitored.

Roscommon SHC Final

Four Roads v Padraig Pearses, Athleague, 3pm

A year ago Oran returned to the summit as Four Roads suffered a first Roscommon final defeat in nine years.

Sunday's match will be Four Roads' 10th decider on the spin so they remain a cool and consistent team.

Since 2002 Pearses have lost seven finals with Four Roads beating them in five of those.

Ulster SHC Semi-Finals

Slaughtneil (Derry) v Dunloy (Antrim), Owenbeg, 2.30pm

Holders Slaughtneil know that a demanding assignment awaits against Dunloy.

So impressive in Derry, Slaughtneil landed an Ulster title in dramatic fashion in 2016.

Slaughtneil had lost two of the previous three provincial finals, but they remain an efficient outfit.

Five Derry titles on the spin confirms Slaughtneil's desire with the recent 2-18 to 0-14 County Final win over Banagher illustrating their ability.

Se McGuigan and Brian Cassidy grabbed Slaughtneil's goals, while Chrissy McKaigue and Brendan Rodgers made valuable contributions.

Dunloy are perched on the summit of Antrim hurling for the first time in eight years.

A gutsy 2-15 to 2-9 triumph over Ruairi Og Cushendall was inspired by Conor Cunning and Nigel Elliott majors.

The experienced Paul Shiels is another important player for Dunloy, who have won 10 Ulster crowns since 1990.

Ballygalget (Down) v Lisbellaw (Fermanagh), Corrigan Park, 2.30pm

Ballygalget recently won a second successive Down Championship.

A late goal from the prolific Cormac Coulter guided Ballygalget to a narrow 2-13 to 2-12 win over Portaferry.

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