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Preview: Weekend's Club Hurling Championship action


Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship

Semi-Finals

Saturday September 5

Loughmore-Castleiney v Nenagh Eire Og, Semple Stadium, 5.30pm

Sunday September 6

Drom-Inch v Kiladangan, Semple Stadium, 5.30pm

Jake Morris' exploits ensured Nenagh Eire Og caused a real shock when defeating Thurles Sarsfields last weekend.

Now the challenge for Nenagh is to deliver against the McGrath prompted Loughmore-Castleiney, who are chasing football and hurling glory in Tipperary.

Sunday's semi-final isn't short on intrigue either with Drom-Inch intent on following up their penalty shoot-out triumph.

Kiladangan, though, are a gritty and consistent outfit, who have reached county finals in 2016

and 2019.

Limerick Senior Hurling Championship

Quarter-Finals

Saturday September 5

Na Piarsaigh v Ballybrown, LIT Gaelic Grounds, 7pm

Sunday September 6

Doon v South Liberties, LIT Gaelic Grounds, 1pm

Reaching the penultimate stage of a competitive Limerick SHC is the prize on offer this weekend.

Na Piarsaigh bring plenty of guile and experience into their clash with Ballybrown.

The meeting of Doon and South Liberties will be worth monitoring too.

John McGrath is a key performer for Loughmore-Castleiney.
John McGrath is a key performer for Loughmore-Castleiney.

Clare Senior Hurling Championship

Quarter-Final

Saturday September 5

Eire Og, Ennis v Feakle

Two clubs with proud traditions are striving to reach the last four in a competitive Clare SHC.

The last of Feakle's six titles was registered in 1988, while Eire Og triumphed two years later.

Kerry Senior Hurling Championship

Sunday September 6

Abbeydorney v Kilmoyley, Austin Stack Park, 2pm

Causeway v Ballyduff, Austin Stack Park, 4pm

Causeway returned to the summit in Kerry last year, but Ballyduff will be primed for Sunday's encounter.

The meeting between Abbeydorney and a well regarded Kilmoyley should be interesting too.

Galway Senior Hurling Championship

Quarter-Finals

Saturday September 5

St Thomas v Killimordaly, Duggan Park, 2.30pm

Cappataggle v Ahascragh-Fohenagh, Duggan Park, 5.30pm

Sunday September 6

Loughrea v Liam Mellows, Kenny Park, 2.30pm

Turloughmore v Sarsfields, Kenny Park, 5.30pm

With Conor Cooney impressing holders St Thomas have marched into the last eight.

Killimordaly, though, will be hoping to build on a fine performance last weekend in the preliminary quarter-finals.

The Mannion brothers continue to inspire Ahascragh-Fohenagh, who have staged a couple of late comebacks, but Cappataggle are a shrewd outfit.

Sunday's fixtures are equally intriguing with Louis Mulqueen's Liam Mellows set to face Loughrea, while an emerging Turloughmore and Sarsfields also tussle at Kenny Park.

Evan Shefflin has emerged as an important player for Shamrocks Ballyhale in recent years.
Evan Shefflin has emerged as an important player for Shamrocks Ballyhale in recent years.

Antrim Senior Hurling Championship

Sunday September 6

Cuchulainns Dunloy v O'Donovan Rossa, Dunsilly, 1pm

Loughgiel Shamrocks v Naomh Eoin, Dunsilly

The Antrim Senior Hurling Championship continues on Sunday.

Dunloy have won two of the last three titles and play O'Donovan Rossa, searching for their first county victory since 2004.

Loughgiel Shamrocks are impressing again and face Naomh Eoin.

Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship

Quarter-Finals

Saturday September 5

Dicksboro v Bennettsbridge, UPMC Nowlan Park, 2pm

O'Loughlin Gaels v Erins Own, UPMC Nowlan Park, 5pm

Sunday September 6

Clara v Shamrocks Ballyhale, UPMC Nowlan Park, 2pm

James Stephens v Mullinavat, UPMC Nowlan Park, 5pm

AIB All Ireland Club champions Shamrocks Ballyhale continue to demonstrate their ability.

TJ Reid's 1-16 haul decorated an emphatic win over Rower-Inistioge, but Clara should provide a tougher test.

James Stephens' clash with Mullinavat could go the distance, while Saturday's matches are eagerly anticipated in Kilkenny too.

Dicksboro earned glory in 2017 and face beaten 2018 finalists Bennettsbridge, while O'Loughlin Gaels and Erins will both be striving to claim a place in the last four.

Dublin Senior Hurling Championship

Semi-Finals

Lucan Sarsfields v Cuala, Parnell Park, 2pm

Ballyboden St Enda's v Na Fianna, Parnell Park, 4.30pm

It has been an eventful couple of months hurling in the capital.

The fact that all four teams left standing believe that silverware can be raised adds to the sense of excitement.

Lucan Sarsfields have been developing nicely in recent campaigns, but know a demanding assignment awaits against William Maher's classy Cuala.

In the other fixture Ballyboden St Enda's have been excellent since losing their opener, but an evolving Na Fianna team are gaining momentum too.

Offaly Senior Hurling Championship

Saturday September 5

Birr v Seir Kieran, Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park, 3.30pm

Another competitive Offaly Championship is unfolding with Birr facing Seir Kieran in a critical fixture on Saturday.

Kildare Senior Hurling Championship

Friday September 4

Confey v Clane, Hawkfield, 7.30pm

Coill Dubh v Eire Og Corra Choill, Round Towers, 8pm

Leixlip v Naas, Hawkfield, 8.15pm

Ardclough v Celbridge, Kilcock, 8.15pm

Naas' sterling underage work was finally reflected on the Kildare senior stage in 2019.

Coill Dubh, Celbridge, and Ardclough have all sampled success in the past decade too.

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