At a Glance: Club Championship weekend

Updated / Sunday, 12 Nov 2017 13:29

Dr Crokes' Colm Copper in action against Kilmurry-Ibrickane in last year's Munster championship

SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER

Connacht club SFC semi-finals
1400 Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo) v Tourlestrane (Sligo), MacHale Park
1400 Corofin (Galway) v St Brigid's (Roscommon), Tuam Stadium

Leinster club SFC quarter-finals
1400 Mullinalaghta (Longford) v St Loman's (Westmeath), Pearse Park
1400 Portlaoise (Laois) v Moorefield (Kildare), O'Moore Park 
1400 Rathnew (Wicklow) v St Vincent's (Dublin), Aughrim 
1400 Starlights (Wexford) v Simonstown Gaels (Meath), Innovate Wexford Park

Munster club SFC semi-finals
1400 Dr Crokes (Kerry) v Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare), Dr Crokes GAA
1445 Nemo Rangers (Cork) v Adare (Limerick), Mallow

Ulster club SFC semi-final
1400 Derrygonnelly (Fermanagh) v Cavan Gaels (Cavan), Clones

ONLINE 
Live blog of Australia v Ireland from 0500 and on the day's club action from 1330 on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now App.

TELEVISION 
Corofin v St Brigid's live on TG4 from 1330, with deferred coverage of Portlaoise v Moorefield from 1535.

WEATHER: Cool and bright, and current indications suggest a good deal of dry weather with just a few showers. Highest afternoon temperatures generally around 8 to 10 Celsius. For more go to met.ie

After surviving a doughty challenge from Clonmel Commercials a fortnight ago, All-Ireland champions Dr Crokes now find Kilmurry-Ibrickane standing in their way ahead as they seek another provincial final berth.  

The Clare outfit, All-Ireland finalists from 2010, retained their county crown when edging out Clondegad 1-14 to 0-14.  

With 12 of the 21 players used being over the 30 mark in what was their sixth senior crown in ten years, Kilmurry Ibrickane had sufficient guile and winning know-how to fend off the stubborn challenge from a side appearing in their first final. They'll fancy having a right cut off their Kerry rivals on Sunday afternoon.

Nemo Rangers welcome Adare to Mallow

The other Munster semi-final sees Cork's Nemo Rangers take on Limerick champions Adare in Mallow.

After a replay, Nemo finally got the better of St Finbarr's to claim a 20th Cork title, though they had to survive a late rally from their opponents.

After winning county intermnediate and senior titles in successive years, Adare now look to make further progression. Their panel comprises many dual players, and it takes a bit of juggling.

Speaking to GAA.ie, chairman Joe Hannon, father of Limerick hurling star Declan, said: You would have about eight or 10 in both panels, they may not all be starting. 

"You might have five starters and five subs, but it has worked. They are a young side and it doesn't matter whether it is rugby, football, soccer or hurling they just want to get on, to do it.

"We've never really had any great issue with it for the last few years. People play the games, that is it, we just encourage that. So it never has hindered us so far."

Champions wary of Brigid's retribution

Jason Leonard celebrates scoring Corofin's second goal against St Brigid's in the 2016 Connacht final

Corofin and St Brigid's met in last year's Connacht club final, a game where the Galway champions ran out comfortable winners by 14 points. That said Corofin boss Kevin O'Brien is cautious ahead of this latest renewal.

Speaking in the Galway Adveriser he said: "We have had some great battles down through the years with St Brigid's and they have won their fair share of them.

We have a lot of respect for them and they were All-Ireland club champions a few years ago too. We have no doubt that they will be gunning for some retribution after last year's defeat."

Galway enjoyed a great start last year with an early goal from Michael Farragher.

"That gave us a great platform and we were well up at half time, but every game is different and nobody can be sure how next Sunday will turn out," O'Brien added.

"There is a big prize at stake and we want to get back to another Connacht final if we can. Frankie Dolan and his squad will be coming to Tuam to win, and we will need big performances all over the field and a lot of intensity and hard work on and off the ball if we are going to beat them. There are no easy games at this stage of the season."

Barry Moran in action against Mohill

Last weekend, Castlebar Mitchels eventually saw off the defiant challenge of Mohill to set up a date with Sligo's Tourlestrane in the other semi-final. 

With three quarters of the game gone the sides were level after Mohill had stitched four points in a row to put the game right in the melting pot. 

But Mitchels, who had been lacklustre up to then and struggled to break Mohill down, found another gear in the final quarter. 

They kicked seven points in a row to put to bed any notions of a shock result. 

Action from the Sligo final where Tourlestrane defeated Eastern Harps 

Eamonn O'Hara, along with his former county colleague, Gerry McGowan, will be looking to cause an upset at MacHale Park. Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Tourlestrane PRO Jacqueline Kennedy stressed the importance of the side not "falling down" in Castlebar.

"I know we are playing the underdog card and that Mitchels are a big name, but we have got to make a real impression again in Connacht. It’s been a while since a Sligo team (Curry in 2008) got to a final," she said. 

"We just didn’t turn up against Mitchels last year. We have to on Sunday. Home advantage doesn’t always work.

"You have the Child of Prague in everyone’s garden hoping for a fine day. In saying that, a wet day might suit. Whatever the elements, we have to be ready."   

Leinster quarters 

Not much quality was on view when St Vincent's retained their Dublin crown against Ballymun on the Bank Holiday Monday. They begin their quest to retain their provincial honours away to Rathnew in Aughrim. 

The other three quarter-finals see Mullinalaghta from Longford  up against St Loman's of Westmeath. O'Moore Park is the setting for the clash of Portlaoise and Moorefield, while Simonstown from Meath head south to take on Wexford champions Starlights.