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Joey Holden, Ballyhale Shamrocks, and Conor Cooney, St Thomas', pictured ahead of the AIB All Ireland Club Final.
Joey Holden, Ballyhale Shamrocks, and Conor Cooney, St Thomas', pictured ahead of the AIB All Ireland Club Final.

Preview: AIB All Ireland Senior Club Finals


Sunday March 17

AIB All Ireland Club SHC Final

St Thomas' (Galway) v Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny), Croke Park, 2pm

There will be no shortage of subplots at GAA headquarters on Saturday afternoon.

Ballyhale Shamrocks, the most decorated hurling club of the lot with Henry Shefflin on the line, face a St Thomas' outfit, who famously claimed glory in 2013.

Top quality talent is sprinkled around both teams so it shouldn't be short on class either.

The Fennellys, Joey Holden, and TJ Reid supply guile and experience for Shamrocks.

David Burke and Conor Cooney have enjoyed splendid days at Croke Park for Thomas' and Galway too.

At the penultimate stage Eoin Cody's 1-4 contribution mattered deeply as Ballyhale eventually shrugged off Ballygunner's spirited resistance.

St Thomas' survived a tricky tussle against Ruairi Og, Cushendall with David Sherry landing a sweet point.

It promises to be similarly tight and tense.

Gavin White, Dr Crokes, and Martin Farragher, Corofin, pictured ahead of the AIB All Ireland Club Final.
Gavin White, Dr Crokes, and Martin Farragher, Corofin, pictured ahead of the AIB All Ireland Club Final.

AIB All Ireland Club SFC Final

Corofin (Galway) v Dr Crokes (Kerry), Croke Park, 3.45pm

Two years ago at the All Ireland semi-final stage Dr Crokes summoned a daring and dynamic display to defeat Corofin.

It was a loss which hurt the Galway standard bearers, who haven't lost a Championship encounter since.

So that is one of the many intriguing factors attached to a keenly anticipated game at the Jones Road venue.

Crokes depth and talented forward line has been evident throughout the current campaign perfectly illustrated by the fact that Colm 'Gooch' Cooper is now mainly used in a cameo role.

Brian Looney, Gavin O;Shea, Kieran O'Leary, and the talented Tony Brosnan are all contributing handsomely.

Further back the field Fionn Fitzgerald is a key influence, while the effective Gavin White will thunder forward at every available opportunity.

Corofin, though, don't lack experience and produced a brilliant performance when outwitting Nemo Rangers in last year's decider.

The Farragher brothers were accomplished in that match, while Corofin's panel is loaded with able footballers.

Kieran Fitzgerald, Gary Sice, Micheal Lundy, and current All Star Ian Burke remain important figures for Kevin O'Brien's team.

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