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Preview: Weekend's Club Hurling Championship action


Antrim Senior Hurling Championship Final

Sunday September 13

Dunloy v Loughgiel Shamrocks, Ballycastle, 2.45pm

It has been another Antrim SHC packed with drama.

Ultimately that is why so much interest surrounds this weekend's decider when holders Dunloy and Loughgiel Shamrocks clash.

Liam Watson adds an extra layer of class in attack for Loughgiel, who haven't triumphed at this level since 2016.

In the intervening years Dunloy have collected two titles and remain a hugely respected force.

Clare Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Finals

Saturday September 12

Eire Og v Sixmilebridge, Cusack Park, 5pm

Sunday September 13

O'Callaghans Mills v Ballyea, Cusack Park, 3pm

In recent years Eire Og have struggled at the quarter-final stage so the win over Feakle provides an injection of confidence.

The Ennis club have plenty of capable performers including David Reidy and Shane O'Donnell.

Sixmilebridge, though, with Davy Fitzgerald involved on the line, continue to deliver impressive displays in the Banner county.

O'Callaghans Mills are enjoying an encouraging campaign, but will be fully aware of the threat posed by the Tony Kelly inspired Ballyea.

Tony Kelly remains an influential figure for Ballyea.
Tony Kelly remains an influential figure for Ballyea.

Cork Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Finals

Saturday September 12

Sarsfields v Erins Own, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 7.30pm

Sunday September 13

Blackrock v Douglas, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 2pm

Na Piarsagh v UCC, Pairc Ui Rinn, 7pm

It promises to be a revealing couple of days Leeside.

Erins Own, beaten by Blackrock in their opener, have come thundering back in impressive fashion.

Further resilience will need to be demonstrated against UCC at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

On Sunday the meeting of the Rockies and Douglas is an attractive fixture, while Na Piarsaigh do battle with a talented UCC outfit.

Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Finals

Saturday September 12

Dicksboro v O'Loughlin Gaels, UPMC Nowlan Park, 3pm

Shamrocks Ballyhale v James Stephens, UPMC Nowlan Park, 5pm

The city derby involving Dicksboro and O'Loughlin Gaels could go the distance.

Two evenly matched and respected teams will be striving to reach the Kilkenny decider.

AIB All Ireland Club champions Shamrocks Ballyhale, with TJ Reid to the fore, have scored heavily en route to the penultimate stage.

James Stephens' enduring passion, though, will pose questions.

Prolific Shamrocks Ballyhale forward TJ Reid.
Prolific Shamrocks Ballyhale forward TJ Reid.

Offaly Senior Hurling Championship

Saturday September 12

Birr v Coolderry, Banagher, 5pm

Ballinamere v Belmont, Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park, 5pm

Kilcormac-Killoughey v Seir Kieran, Kinnity, 5pm

St Rynagh's v Shinrone, Birr, 5pm

The Offaly SHC remains keenly contested with Birr's encounter against Coolderry carrying importance.

Kilcormac-Killoughey, champions in 2017, face Seir Kieran, while holders St Rynagh's, trained by the highly regarded former Tipperary goalkeeper Ken Hogan, face Shinrone.

Wicklow Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Finals

Sunday September 13

Carnew Emmets v Eire Og Greystones, Aughrim, 2pm

Bray Emmets v St Patrick's, Aughrim, 5pm

Holders Bray Emmets face an emerging St Patrick's team, while Carnew Emmets, the most prolific winners of the competition, will afford Eire Og Greystones' significant respect.

Derry Senior Hurling Championship Final

Sunday September 13

Slaughtneil v Kevin Lynchs, Celtic Park, 2pm

A repeat of the 2019 decider takes place in Derry on Sunday.

Slaughtneil have chalked up seven county titles on the spin, but Kevin Lynchs bring a deep tradition into this battle.

The Dungiven club have 23 titles accumulated throughout the decades, but haven't triumphed since 2011.

Experienced Coolderry forward Brian Carroll in Offaly SHC action.
Experienced Coolderry forward Brian Carroll in Offaly SHC action.

Mayo Senior Hurling Championship Final

Saturday September 12

Ballyhaunis v Tooreen, Adrian Freeman Park, 5pm

Familiar foes Ballyhaunis and Tooreen meet once more in the Mayo SHC final.

It will be the 11th time in 13 years that the two clubs have faced one another at this stage.

In 2019 Tooreen completed a three in a row when proving too strong for Castlebar.

Roscommon Senior Hurling Championship

Sunday September 13

Four Roads v Athleague, Dr Hyde Park, 1pm

Tremane v Padraig Pearses, Dr Hyde Park, 4.30pm

With nine titles gleaned since 2008, Four Roads remain a consistent club in Roscommon.

Athleague, though, defeated Four Roads in the final two years ago.

Tremane, who haven't been champions since 1995, and Padraig Pearses, meet in the other match at the penultimate stage.

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