Preview: Weekend's Club Hurling Championship action

Waterford Senior Hurling Championship Final

Sunday August 30

Ballygunner v Passage, Walsh Park, 2pm

Valuable lessons were learned by Ballygunner in the 2013 Waterford SHC Final defeat against Passage.

In the intervening years Ballygunner have collected six county titles on the spin, including a 2016 triumph over Passage which ended in a 4-20 to 1-12 scoreline.

It is unlikely to be so one sided when the two proud clubs gather at Walsh Park on Sunday.

The past decade has featured so many accomplished Ballygunner displays with Dessie Hutchinson illustrating his considerable ability in the semi-final.

Passage, though, have proven to be a gritty outfit this year, and will be striving to cause a surprise.

Carlow Senior Hurling Championship Final

Sunday August 30

Mount Leinster Rangers v Ballinkillen, Netwatch Cullen Park, 3pm

Ballinkillen delivered when it truly counted to overcome St Mullins at the penultimate stage.

Now another daunting task awaits against Mount Leinster Rangers, who claimed glory in 2017 and 2018.

Ballinkillen haven't won a Carlow crown since 2001, but have stitched a nice team together in recent years.

Dessie Hutchinson impressed for Ballygunner against Lismore last weekend.
Dessie Hutchinson impressed for Ballygunner against Lismore last weekend.

Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship


Saturday August 29

Kiladangan v Tommevara, Semple Stadium, 2pm

Thurles Sarsfields v Nenagh Eire Og, Semple Stadium, 6pm

Sunday August 30

Clonoulty-Rossmore v Loughmore-Castleiney, Semple Stadium, 2pm

Borris-Ileigh v Drom-Inch, Semple Stadium, 6pm

An eagerly anticipated weekend in the Tipperary SHC looms.

Through sheer hard work and underage development Kiladangan have emerged as a serious force in the Premier County, but Toomevara bring tradition and talent into their last eight battle.

With 21 titles gleaned throughout the decades, Toome's emerging crop of players are beginning to believe again.

Favourites Thurles Sarsfields remain the most prolific winners of the competition.

The Maher brothers continue to provide the defensive class and inspiration for Sarsfields, who will treat the Nenagh Eire Og challenge with respect.

Clonoulty-Rossmore, with Timmy Hammersley accurate in attack, will be striving to deliver against the McGrath led Loughmore-Castleiney.

On Sunday evening holders Borris-Ileigh, still being prompted by the splendid Brendan Maher, clash with Seamus Callanan's Drom-Inch.

Cork Senior Hurling Championship

Saturday August 29

Blackrock v Bishopstown, Ballyanley, 7pm

Erins Own v Newtownshandrum, Glantane, 7pm

Glen Rovers v Na Piarsaigh, Pairc Ui Rinn, 7pm

Midleton v Douglas, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 7pm

Sarsfields v Ballyhea, Mourneabbey, 7pm

St Finbarrs v Carrigtwohill, Carrigaline, 7pm

Douglas and Midelton's Pairc Ui Chaoimh encounter on Saturday tops the bill Leeside.

Sarsfields have beaten Douglas and Midleton already so the impending match carries severe implications.

Glen Rovers and Na Piarsaigh will add another chapter to their rich history, while Blackrock and Bishopstown's meeting also is worth monitoring.

Brendan Maher remains an influential figure for Borris-Ileigh.
Brendan Maher remains an influential figure for Borris-Ileigh.

Galway Senior Hurling Championship

Preliminary Quarter-Finals

Saturday August 29

Killimordaly v Mullagh, Kenny Park, 1pm

Sarsfields v Ardrahan, Kenny Park, 4pm

Sunday August 30

Liam Mellows v Gort, Kenny Park, 3pm

Craughwell v Ahascragh-Fohenagh, Kenny Park, 6pm

The knockout stages of the Galway SHC start this weekend.

Sarsfields staged a last gasp recovery mission to defeat Castlegar, and now face Ardrahan.

Liam Mellows, who have featured in the last three finals, have introduced some promising young players. Gort, though, will pose stern questions in Athenry.

Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship

Saturday August 29

Shamrocks Ballyhale v Rower Inistioge, UPMC Nowlan Park, 2pm

Danesfort v Mullinavat, UPMC Nowlan Park, 5pm

Sunday August 30

Bennettsbridge v Graigue Ballycallan, UPMC Nowlan Park, 2pm

Tullaroan v Erins Own, UPMC Nowlan Park, 5pm

AIB All Ireland Club champions Shamrocks Ballyhale face Rower Inistigoe on Saturday.

The other games will supply thrills and spills too with Tullaroan and Erins Own carrying local interest.

Bennettsbridge and Graigue Ballycallan's meeting is attractive, while Danesfort and Mullinavat will also believe that progess can be made in 2020.

Laois Senior Hurling Championship

Saturday August 29

Clough-Ballcolla v Abbeyleix, MW Hire O'Moore Park, 3.30pm

Ballinakill v Borris in Ossory-Kilcotton, MW Hire O'Moore Park, 5.30pm

Camross v Rosenallis, MW Hire O'Moore Park, 2pm

Castletown v Rathdowney-Errill, MW Hire O'Moore Park, 4pm

Raathdowney-Errill returned to the Laois summit last year, but Castletown will be anxious to spring a surprise on Sunday.

Camross won two titles in a row in 2017 and 2018, but will afford Rosenallis respect.

Offaly Senior Hurling Championship

Saturday August 29

Coolderry v Kilcormac-Killoughey, Birr, 3pm

Belmont v Shinrone, Birr, 6.30pm

Sunday August 30

Birr v Seir Kieran, Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park, 1.30pm

Ballinamere v St Rynagh's, Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park, 5pm

Following a couple of weeks inactivity, the Offaly SHC makes a welcome return this weekend.

Coolderry and Kilcormac-Killoughey collide in a repeat of the 2018 decider, while Belmont and Shinrone also clash.

Birr have lost four finals since 2011 and remain eager to make an impact, but Seir Kieran have shown signs of development in recent years.

Wicklow Senior Hurling Championship

Sunday August 30

Bray Emmets v Avondale, Arklow, 1pm

Eire Og Greystones v Glenealy, Aughrim, 1pm

St Patrick's v Kiltegan, Aughrim, 4pm

Bray Emmets have won four of the last six Wicklow titles and are viewed as the team to beat again.

Glenealy have contested three finals in a row, though, and will be striving to overcome Eire Og Greystones.