While some counties are dragging their feet, the club championships are moving into at an advanced stage in many places.

Here are some key encounters from around the country as the club season hots up.  

Cork SHC

Reigning champions Imokilly squeezed past Newcestown's in this afternoon's gripping Cork SHC quarter-final encounter in Pairc Ui Rinn.

Seamus Harnedy's team appeared to be cantering to victory but shipped two late goals, eventually clinging on to win 1-22 to 2-18. 

Afterwards in the double header UCC pipped Sarsfields by 0-20 to 1-14. 

On Saturday, Cork hurling aristocrats Blackrock saw off their city neighbours St Finbarr's with a 1-20 to 1-11 win in Pairc Ui Chaoimh to reach the semi-final. The 'Rockies' are seeking their first Cork senior hurling title since 2002. 

In the second game of yesterday's double header, Midleton edged past Newtownshandrum on a scoreline of 1-19 to 2-15 in a nailbiting quarter-final. 

Derry SHC

Slaughtneil players after last year's Ulster hurling final

The three-time reigning Ulster champions Slaughtneil survived a tense battle against Dungiven, winning 1-14 to 1-13 to reach another Derry SHC final. 

Awaiting them in that decider will be Banagher who yesterday dispatched Lavey on a 3-16 to 2-14 scoreline. 

Cavan SFC

There'll be a new name on the Cup this year as reigning champions Cavan Gaels were knocked out of the championship by Gowna. The 2017 victors were downed on a 2-13 to 0-15 scoreline. 

Meanwhile, Castlerahan, the losing finalists of the last three years and who are still seeking their first Cavan SFC title, moved a step closer with an impressive five point win over the 2015 champs Kingscourt Stars in today's quarter-final.   

Castlerahan will have to wait to learn the identity of their opponents as Lavey and Lacken couldn't be separated in their quarter-final, drawing 0-10 apiece. 

The 2016 champions Ramor United were also dumped out, falling to Crosserlough on a 2-17 to 2-14 scoreline. The reward for the victors is a semi-final meeting with Gowna. 

Longford SFC

Abbeylara will be gunning to make it fourth time lucky as they reached another Longford SFC final with a three point win over Colmcille in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday. 

The North Longford side have lost three successive deciders in the county and potentially awaiting once more are their tormentors in their last two seasons, Mullinalaghta St. Columba's.

The reigning champions for the last two years must first overcome the challenge of Clonguish in the other semi-final. A second half surge carried Clonguish to a five point victory over Dromard in Sunday's quarter-final. 

Dublin SFC

Brian Mullins has guided reigning champions St. Vincent's into the knockout stage

The eight quarter-final spots have now been filled in the Dublin SFC after this weekend's round robin games. St Vincent's and Na Fianna both ensured safe passage with the former demolishing Lucan Sarsfields and the latter's draw with Skerries Harps proving enough.

In the only other group where the identity of the qualifiers remained uncertain, Ballyboden St Enda's and Kilmacud Crokes both progressed. Ballyboden drew 0-13 to 2-07 with Oliver Plunketts, while Crokes maintained their 100% with a three point win a very low scoring game against Raheny. 

In Group 3, St. Sylvester's and St. Jude's were already assured of progression with only top spot in the group up for grabs in Parnell Park on Sunday. The Malahide side won out on a scoreline of 2-14 to 1-11. 

Likewise, in group 4, Castleknock and Ballymun Kickhams entered the weekend knowing they'd already booked their place in the knockout phase. Last year's finalists pipped the 2016 finalists by three points, Ballymun winning 2-13 to 1-13. 

Here's the quarter-final draw in Dublin:

Kerry SFC

The quarter-final spots in the Kerry SFC have been determined as Dr Crokes dispatched An Ghaeltacht in their final round robin game, cantering home on a 3-23 to 2-12 scoreline in Fitzgerald Stadium.

Gavin White was in impressive form as Dr. Crokes sauntered into the quarter-finals

Earlier on Sunday, St. Brendan's booked their place in the quarter-finals with a six point win over Mid-Kerry. 

On Saturday, South Kerry progressed with a 1-15 to 0-11 win over Rathmore, while Dingle reached the quarters with three points to spare over St. Kieran's. 

Here's the quarter-final line-up.

Roscommon SFC

2013 All-Ireland champions St. Brigid's booked their spot in the last four in the Roscommon SFC with a five point win over Roscommon Gaels in their final match in Section A. 

The Kiltoom side have won all bar one Roscommon club titles this decade but they suffered a defeat to Clann na nGael back in April and needed a win to book an automatic semi-final spot. 

The third and fourth placed teams in Section A, Strokestown and Roscommon Gaels will now meet the top two sides in Section B for the right to meet Brigid's and Clann na nGael in the subsequent semi-final. 

Padraig Pearses and St. Faithleachs are the two teams to progress from that section, following resounding wins over Elphin and St. Croan's respectively. 

Leitrim SFC

Reigning champions Mohill charged into the semi-finals with an 18-point win over Allen Gaels (3-17 to 0-08) as they seek a third title in four years. 

They'll be joined in the last four by St. Mary's Kiltoghert who saw off Gortlettragh on a 1-14 to 0-10 scoreline and Aughawillian who this evening pipped Melvin Gaels by two points. 

We'll have to wait to learn of the identity of the fourth semi-finalist after Glencar Manorhamilton and Ballinamore played out a 2-11 apiece draw on Saturday evening. 

Carlow SFC

Mount Leinster Rangers joined Palatine and Eire Óg in the Carlow SFC semi-finals with a four-point win over Tinryland. 

Rathvilly and St. Andrew's meet in the second semi-final with throw in this evening at 6.30pm in Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park. 

Sligo SFC

Sligo's modern kingpins Tourlestrane are bound for another semi-final as they crushed St Molaise Gaels by 13 points in Bunninadden.

Yesterday, Coolaney/Mullinabreena booked their place in the semi-final with a 1-11 to 0-12 victory over Calry St Joseph's.