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Preview: Weekend's Club Hurling Championship action


Wexford Senior Hurling Championship Final

Sunday August 23

Naomh Eanna v Shelmaliers, Chadwicks Wexford Park, 2pm

During the past decade Naomh Eanna and Shelmaliers have emerged as serious contenders in Wexford.

The Shels won their first senior hurling title six years ago, while Naomh Eanna triumphed two years ago.

Both clubs have been involved in some tense and thrilling battles in recent weeks.

Another highly competitive encounter should be added to the list on Sunday in the south east.

Dublin Senior Hurling Championship

Quarter-Finals

Saturday August 22

Na Fianna v Faughs, Parnell Park, 3pm

St Vincent's v Ballyboden St Enda's, Parnell Park, 5.30pm

Sunday August 23

St Brigid's v Cuala, Parnell Park, 2pm

Kilmacud Crokes v Lucan Sarsfields, Parnell Park, 4.30pm

The knockout stages of the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship should provide plenty of entertainment.

Na Fianna's underage development means significant expectation is attached, but Faughs have proven to be an improving and hard working outfit.

St Vincent's and Ballyboden St Enda's promises to be interesting, while St Brigid's will be anxious to examine Cuala's credentials.

Kilmacud Crokes have shown glimpses of real quality, and Lucan Sarsfields will be primed for a battle.

Shelmaliers Sean Keane Carroll in action during last weekend's Wexford SHC Semi-Final.
Shelmaliers Sean Keane Carroll in action during last weekend's Wexford SHC Semi-Final.

Kilkenny Senior Hurling League Final

Saturday August 22

O'Loughlin Gaels v Dicksboro, UPMC Nowlan Park, 2pm

On the eve of the Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship, O'Loughlin Gaels and Dicksboro contest a League decider this weekend.

Carlow Senior Hurling Championship

Sunday August 23

Mount Leinster Rangers v Naomh Eoin, Netwatch Cullen Park, 1.30pm

Ballinkillen v St Mullins, Netwatch Cullen Park, 5.30pm

St Mullins have met Mount Leinster Rangers in four of the last five Carlow Senior Hurling Championship finals.

Naomh Eoin, who last won a county title in 2005, and Ballinkillen, without a crown since 2001, will be striving to cause a surprise.

Waterford Senior Hurling Championship

Semi-Finals

Saturday August 22

Ballygunner v Lismore, Fraher Field, 6.30pm

Sunday August 23

Mount Sion v Passage, Walsh Park, 2pm

Ballygunner have set a seriously high standard in Waterford, but Lismore, with Maurice Shanahan scoring heavily, will hope to deliver another dynamic display.

Mount Sion (2014) and Passage (2016) have been beaten in county finals during Ballygunner's burst of dominance which has yielded six titles on the spin.

O'Loughlin Gaels forward Owen Wall.
O'Loughlin Gaels forward Owen Wall.

Clare Senior Hurling Championship

Saturday August 22

Whitegate v Clarecastle, Tulla, 2pm

Sixmilebridge v Broadford, Cusack Park, 4.45pm

Kilmaley v Ballyea, Cusack Park, 6pm

Sunday August 23

Cratloe v Eire Og, Ennis, Cusack Park, 12pm

Inagh-Kilnamona v O'Callaghans Mills, Cusack Park, 3pm

Newmarket-on Fergus v Wolfe Tones, Sixmilebridge, 3pm

The always competitive Clare Senior Hurling Championship continues to provide drama.

Sixmilebridge have won three of the last five titles, though, and remain a most respected force.

Elsewhere the meeting of Kilmayley and Ballyea should be tasty, while Whitegate and Clarecastle will be intent on flashing a reminder of their potential.

Galway Senior Hurling Championship

Friday August 21

Turloughmore v Clarinbridge, Kenny Park, 7pm

St Thomas v Portumna, Loughrea, 7pm

Mullagh v Ahascragh-Fohenagh, Duggan Park, 7pm

Saturday August 22

Sarsfields v Castlegar, Kenny Park, 2pm

Beagh v Ardrahan, Pearse Stadium, 2.30pm

Killimordaly v Athenry, Duggan Park, 2.30pm

Tommy Larkins v Cappataggle, Kenny Park, 6pm

Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry v Loughrea, Duggan Park, 6pm

Sunday August 23

Gort v Ballinderreen, Kenny Park, 1pm

Kinvara v Craughwell, Pearse Stadium, 1pm

Padraig Pearses v Kilnadeema-Leitrim, Duggan Park, 1.30pm

Oranmore-Maree v Liam Mellows, Kenny Park, 5pm

Reaching the knockout stages is the mission with Oranmore-Maree's tussle with Liam Mellows set to supply intrigue.

Another eagerly anticipated encounter is the meeting of Sarsfields and Castlegar, who are managed by Clare's Fergal Lynch.

Antrim Senior Hurling Championship

Sunday August 23

Ruairi Og, Cushendall V Naomh Gall, Cushendall, 2pm

St Enda's v Loughgiel Shamrocks, St Enda's, 2pm

Ballycastle v O'Donovan Rossa, Pairc Mac Uilin, 2pm

St John's v Dunloy, Corrigan Park, 2pm

The Antrim Senior Hurling Championship remains hotly contested with further lively matches imminent.

Ruairi Og Cushendall, Dunloy, and Loughgiel Shamrocks are the only clubs to have triumphed since 2005, and whoever can overcome them will earn the victory.

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