With 5 games played in the senior football championship, a familiar pattern is developing. After 8 games are completed, the top 2 teams are in the semi-finals while the next four are in the playoffs. Aidan McAnespies are setting the pace with an unbeaten record and look sure to secure one of the top 2 places. Donegal, Connemara Gaels, and Wolfe Tones make up the chasing pack for the second semi-final place, with the Blues, Mayo, Christopher’s, and Galway following on their heels looking for one of the quarter final spots. The games are becoming critical, and Saturday’s game between Galway and Mayo has to be seen as a must win for Galway to remain in the hunt. Sunday’s football clash between Shannon Blues and Christopher’s at 2:30 is crucial for both teams. The Blues played below their capabilities last week, while Christopher’s were a little unlucky not to get a result against the Gaels.
The senior hurling championship is probably the strongest it has been in the last 4 or 5 years. All four clubs have very strong teams out there, so with each team still with 4 games to play there is plenty of action for hurling fans to savor. This weekend the first round ends. Currently Wexford and Tom’s are top of the table with 3 points each, Tipp are sitting on 2, while Galway are still looking for a win. Galway will get their chance against arch-rivals, Fr. Tom’s, on Saturday. On Sunday Tipp and Wexford cross swords in what should be another great game of hurling.
Tir na nOg will have a chance to wrap up the Ladies senior football championship Sunday. A win over the Boston Shamrocks would be the third win in the best of five. The Shamrocks showed a significant improvement in their second outing, but there still is a lot of ground to make up to have a chance of forcing a fourth game in the series.
By Rory O'Donnell