There have been some changes to this weekend's schedule due to the anticipated rain that is due late on Sunday. There are 2 senior football quarter finals Sunday. The first is between Donegal and Galway. Galway have bounced back from a tough start to the season to finish in the top 6 and now have an excellent chance to progress to the semi-finals the following weekend. This would be the first time a Galway football team has made the Senior Football semis in over 20 years. Donegal have been inconsistent thus far and have had a tough season given their success over the last decade. Driven by their midfield and fast forward line, Galway are my favourite to win. The other quarter final features Christopher's and Wolfe Tones. This is a tough call. At full strength Christopher's are capable of beating anybody, and they will most likely be at full strength on Sunday. The Tones can turn it on when they put their minds to it, but have not always rasied their game. I see a close game that could go either way.
There are 2 senior hurling games to complete the season. Saturday Wexford play Tipperary. Tipp defeated Tom's easily to go joint second in the table, while Wexford are still top. I see Wexford locking down their top placing and bye into the final as the Brighton based team has impressive depth and talent. Tom's and Galway meet Sunday afternoon in what promises to be a real humdinger. Galway have to win to force a playoff with either Tom's or Tipp, and a Tom's win guarantees that Galway's season will be over. Hard to call but I am going with Galway to win and force a mid-week playoff for the semi-final spot.
Of course there is the Intermediate Final also on Sunday between Shannon Blues and Mayo. Mayo have done well this year, while the Blues will be disappointed not to have made the playoffs. Given Mayo's momentum I will not be surprised to see the westerners get something out of a season that has seen them rebound from several years at the lower end.
On the junior front Donegal and Wolfe Tones have their semi-final places booked, while the Gaels will be hoping that McAnespies will beat the Blues and force a chance for a playoff game against those Blues provided that the Gaels take care of business against the New Englans Celtics. A possible midweek fixture to schedule there as well. Junior B sees the big game between Donegal and Armagh-Notre Dame with the winners likely to join Mcanespies, Mayo, and Galway in the semi-final round.
Boston GAA Schedule
Saturday August 13
3:00 Junior Hurling: Tipperary v Fr. Tom Burke’s
5:30 Senior Hurling: Wexford v Tipperary
4:15 Junior A Football: Aidan McAnespies v Shannon Blues
5:30 Junior B Football: Donegal v Armagh-Notre Dame
Sunday August 14
12:30 Senior Football Quarter Final: Donegal v Galway
2:00 Senior Hurling: Fr. Tom Burke’s v Galway
3:30 Senior Football Quarter Final: Wolfe Tones v Christopher’s
12:00 Junior A Football: Connemara Gaels v New England Celtics
1:15 Intermediate Football Final: Mayo v Shannon Blues
3:00 Junior B Football: Hartford v Galway