Saturday, 23rd September 2017
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Championships back on

Both JJ Kavanagh Senior Hurling and Football Championship are now getting back into full swing following the All-Ireland exploits of the hurlers over the past few months.

On Sunday evening two more games in the Football competition were played off with Rathgormack putting up a very impressive display in defeating Clashmore/Kinsalebeg 4-19 to 0-12. The men from the foot of the Comeraghs began in whirlwind fashion and a goal from Jason Gleeson before the break saw them ahead 1-11 to 0-3. With a number of successful underage teams in recent years there appears a conveyor belt of talent in the club and this was very much demonstrated on Sunday evening.

The second half continued very much in the same vein as the opening thirty minutes and the winners had extended the lead to 2-15 to 0-6 midway through the second half with a goal from a penalty from Billy Power.

Although Clashnmore/Kinsalebeg continued to make a determind effort to breach the lead, two more goals, an og and one from Stephen Curry, before the final whistle saw Rathgormack through to Round 4 on a 4-19 to 0-12 scoreline. No doubt the Green and Red will gain huge momentum from this result and they may very well yet have a big say in the destination of the Conway Cup.

The second game saw two of the teams at the head of the market in opposition. Nire and Stradbally will surely be on most lists as teams to follow as the championship unfolds. A goal from Ger Crowley and some superb points from Shane Ahearne saw the reds of Stradbally ahead 1-8 to 0-6 at the break. The pace was relentless throughout and the second half continued to produce some superb football. An early Conor Gleeson goal saw Nire back to within three points but the men from the seaside village continued to keep their noses in front and led 1-11 to 1-7 midway through the second half. Four unanswered points for Nire closed them to within the minimum. A goal for Nire through Tholm Guiry was swiftly answered by one for Stradbally from Paul Tobin. With five minutes remaining there was still but a point between the sides but it was the Reds, with hurling star Michael Walsh very much to the fore, who gathered the momentum and finished winners on a 2-15 to 2-11 scoreline.

This result puts Stradbally straight through to the semi-final while Nire go into the pot for round four where they will meet Gaultier. The other teams in the round saw Ballinameela face Clashmore/Kinsalebeg and Ballinacourty will play Portlaw. Much football still to play with a number of teams showing real good form. Wouldn't have a bet yet on the destination of the Conway Cup for 2017 but will enjoy all those teams trying.

HURLING ACTION

It is expected to conclude another round of the JJ Kavanagh Senior Hurling Championship next weekend and the games make for real entertainment. In Group One Tallow will face neighbours Ballyduff Upper with a hugely important two points on offer. The loser here could well be facing into a relegation battle. This game takes place in Fraher Field on Friday evening at 8pm. Championship joint favourites De La Salle will play Abbeyside in Walsh Park on Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm while the group Two match between Mount sion and Passage will follow at 4pm.

In Fraher Field on Saturday evening two Group Two game will see Roanmore face Fourmilewater at 5.30 while an in form Lismore will play Portlaw at 7 o'clock.

The final game of hurling weekend will see reigning champions Ballygunner and a highly fancied Dungarvan face off on Sunday evening at 7pm in Fraher Field.

Certainly something for everyone there so now it's up to you the supporters to get along and see many of the stars of the Intercounty in action.

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