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Seamus Kennedy, Clonmel Commercials, and Paul Kerrigan, Nemo Rangers, pictured ahead of the AIB Munster Club SFC Final.
Seamus Kennedy, Clonmel Commercials, and Paul Kerrigan, Nemo Rangers, pictured ahead of the AIB Munster Club SFC Final.

Preview: Weekend's AIB Senior Club action


Sunday December 1

AIB Munster Club SFC Final

Nemo Rangers (Cork) v Clonmel Commercials (Tipperary), Fraher Field, 2pm

Four years ago Michael Quinlivan's delightful last gasp goal secured a dramatic AIB Munster title for Clonmel Commercials against Nemo Rangers.

It was only Nemo's second ever provincial final loss, but it hurt deeply.

At that time a new wave of Clonmel footballers were emerging, but they haven't scaled the same heights in the intervening campaigns.

Clonmel were caught out themselves at the All Ireland semi-final stage against Ballyboden St Enda's, who subsequently sampled national glory.

Now Clonmel, who edged out St Joseph's Milltown-Malbay, want to show that they have the craft and guile to succeed again.

Charlie McGeever's team features accomplished performers in Seamus Kennedy, Jack Kennedy, Colman Kennedy, and Quinlivan.

Luke Connolly and Paul Kerrigan provide significant inter-county experience for Nemo, who have been down this road many times before.

Leo McLoone, Naomh Conaill, and Conor Laverty, Kilcoo, pictured ahead of the AIB Ulster Club SFC Final.
Leo McLoone, Naomh Conaill, and Conor Laverty, Kilcoo, pictured ahead of the AIB Ulster Club SFC Final.

AIB Ulster Club SFC Final

Kilcoo (Down) v Naomh Conaill (Donegal), Healy Park, 2pm

An interesting encounter beckons between two teams, who have enjoyed hugely encouraging campaigns.

Naomh Conaill have faced a demanding schedule following their three match saga against Gaoth Dobhair in Donegal.

The victory over the reigning county and provincial champions, though, showcased just how hard working Martin Regan's team can be.

There is a drop of class too with Leo McLoone, the Thompsons, and Eoghan McGettigan contributing handsomely.

Naomh Conaill's semi-final success over Clontibret was a notable result, but they will afford Kilcoo the utmost respect.

With Conor Laverty a clever and creative force, Kilcoo did enough to overcome Derrygonnelly Harps.

The Branagans and Johnstons were instrumental for Kilcoo, who include Mickey Moran and Conleth Gilligan in a highly regarded backroom team.

Colin Fennelly, Ballyhale Shamrocks, and Marty Kavanagh, St Mullins, pictured ahead of the AIB Leinster Club SHC Final.
Colin Fennelly, Ballyhale Shamrocks, and Marty Kavanagh, St Mullins, pictured ahead of the AIB Leinster Club SHC Final.

AIB Leinster Club SHC Final

Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) v St Mullins (Carlow), MW Hire O'Moore Park, 2pm

With nine AIB Leinster titles already secured Ballyhale Shamrocks will be warm favourites against a gritty St Mullins outfit.

The Carlow standard bearers stunned a star studded Cuala and remained calm in the closing stages to beat Rathdowney-Errill.

Those victories were spearheaded by the excellence of Marty Kavanagh, who has plenty of willing helpers in a lively St Mullins' attack.

At the opposite end of the field, though, TJ Reid, Adrian Mullen, and Colin Fennelly will take watching because Ballyhale's forward unit is stuffed with quality.

Reid was at his brilliant best against St Martin's in the semi-final with Henry Shefflin's team maintaining the momentum which saw them crowned All Ireland winners in such convincing fashion last March.

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