Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Senior Football Picture Clears, Senior Hurling Wide open

This coming weekend sees a trio of massive senior football games on the schedule at the Irish Cultural Center, with the result of each having a bearing on the final shakeout.  With just 2 weeks of the regular season to go it is a tight race not to be the one left out in a fortnight's time. 
Donegal, sitting on 3 points, can stay in the race by beating Galway who are already out of the running.  Kerry have a huge game ahead as they need to beat the Wolfe Tones in the final game in order to keep their hat in the ring, and what about the Aidan McAnespies versus Shannon Blues tie to end the day?  Sitting on 6 points, McAnespies need to beat the Blues in order to be sure of a berth in the playoffs and the game promises to be a humdinger.  The Blues are also not guaranteed a semi-final spot and need the win to be sure of one, and with no love lost between these clubs the game is sure to be a classic. 

I'm not one to make predictions, but with Galway out, and Donegal improving with every game, one would expect the northerners to come through and remain alive for the final week when they meet the Connemara Gaels.  Kerry have blown hot and cold, last week they went cold in the second half and will need to put in a good performance in order to take the points off a Tones team that without putting in any spectacular performances, has itself quietly sitting in second place.  The Blues and the Macs will be a do or die affair, and for my money these teams are playing the best football right now.  The Blues are solid all the way through the team and play a tough, no nonsense style of football while McAnespies have strengthened the lineup with the addition of Declan Lally and Cathal Shine.   

As for senior hurling, with last weekend's wins for Wexford and Tom's, the competition has been blown wide open.  With the end of the first half of the championship, it looked like Galway and Tipp were destined for the final.  Sunday sees the Brighton teams do battle.  Galway will not want to suffer 2 defeats in a row, and Wexford would love nothing more than to overtake their local rivals in the standings.  Who knows what Sunday will hold, but there is plenty to look forward to! 

Kerry have a huge game Sunday versus the Wolfe Tones.

Sunday July 28

1:15 Senior Football:  Galway v Donegal

2:30 Kerry v Wolfe Tones

3:45 Galway v Wexford

5:00 Shannon Blues v Aidan McAnespies 

Full schedule available at www.bostongaa.com. 

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