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Preview: Weekend's Club Hurling Championship action


Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship Final

Sunday September 20

Kiladangan v Loughmore-Castleiney, Semple Stadium, 2pm

A Tipperary SHC decider loaded with sub plots should provide significant entertainment at Semple Stadium.

Kiladangan, who have been beaten in two recent deciders, 2016 and 2019, face the dual club Loughmore-Castleiney.

Matches have arrived thick and fast for the McGrath inspired Loughmore-Castleiney, who have also reached the Premier County football showpiece.

Throughout the past decade and a half Kiladangan have invested hugely in underage development and that is now being reflected on the senior stage.

Loughmore-Castleiney, though, will pose demanding questions, and this match could go the distance.

Limerick Senior Hurling Championship Final

Saturday September 19

Na Piarsaigh v Doon, LIT Gaelic Grounds, 7.30pm

There will be no shortage of top inter-county talent on view as Doon seek to land a first ever Limerick SHC title.

Despite being ravaged by injuries, Tony Ward has still managed to extract gritty displays from his Doon outfit.

Pat Ryan inspired a great semi-final performance when Doon overcame a fancied Kilmallock, and similar skill levels will need to be demonstrated once more.

Na Piarsaigh, who have won five Limerick Championships since 2011, have impressed with the Caseys and David Dempsey prominent.

In form Na Piarsaigh forward David Dempsey.
In form Na Piarsaigh forward David Dempsey.

Dublin Senior Hurling Championship Final

Sunday September 20

Cuala v Ballyboden St Enda's, Parnell Park, 4.30pm

Four of the last five Dublin Championships have been won by Cuala, who know about the threat Ballyboden St Enda's carry.

Joe Fortune's charges responded to their opening weekend loss to Kilmacud Crokes in excellent fashion.

There is a nice blend of emerging and established players in the Boden ranks, while Cuala remain a formidable team.

William Maher is in charge and Cuala will again hope that Con O'Callaghan can supply the critical scores inside.

Galway Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Finals

Sunday September 20

Cappataggle v St Thomas', Pearse Stadium, 1.30pm

Turloughmore v Loughrea, Pearse Stadium, 4.30pm

Two eagerly anticipated games are imminent in Salthill with St Thomas' hoping to claim a third title in a row.

Cappataggle, though, have been consistent in a competitive environment, and will be eager to test the champions' credentials.

Turloughmore's underage pedigree is well documented, but they will be fully aware of Loughrea's marked improvement in recent weeks out west.

The talented Con O'Callaghan continues to impress for Cuala.
The talented Con O'Callaghan continues to impress for Cuala.

Cavan Senior Hurling Championship Final

Sunday September 20

Cootehill Celtic v Mullahoran, Crosskeys, 4pm

Mullahoran, who have collected 26 titles, icluding the last four, are warm favourites to prevail in Cavan.

Westmeath Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Finals

Sunday September 20

Castletown Geoghegan v Castlepollard, TEG Cusack Park, 2.30pm

Lough Lene Gaels v Clonkill, TEG Cusack Park, 5.30pm

Holders Clonkill, who have contested three of the last four finals, face Lough Lene Gaels at the penultimate stage.

Lough Lene Gaels haven't triumphed since 2002, while the meeting of Castletown Geoghegan and Castlepollard should be lively.

Donegal Senior Hurling Championship

Saturday September 19

Setanta v Burt, O'Donnell Park, 4.45pm

Sunday September 20

Buncrana v St Eunan's, Burt, 4.30pm

Setanta have claimed glory in 2017 and 2019, but lost the 2018 final to Burt.

Another closely contested affair is expected, while Buncrana and St Eunan's also meet.