Hurler On The Ditch
Hurler On The Ditch Writes JJ Hurley
It should be the upcoming SE Hurling Final featuring in the first few lines of this week’s article, but it would be remiss of me not to genuflect to the hometown footballers of Belgooly, who sensationally defeated the current SE reigning champions, on a score line of 3-12 to 2-11, in the South East Junior A Football Championship Semi -Final. Set to face the Belgooly side in the divisional final are Valley Rovers, who easily disposed of Tracton in the other semi-final by 2-12 to 0-9. However, Tracton will be seeking revenge, when the two giants of the division lock horns in the divisional hurling decider on Friday September 8th in Ballygarvan at 6.45pm. This promises to be an intriguing encounter and who takes home the silverware is anyone’s guess. Having won a recent U16 hurling title, Kinsale minors followed this up with another title in the Rebel Og West Division over the weekend. Hopes are high that Kinsale Junior hurlers will soon be featuring at the business end of the championship again – sooner rather than later. There was no luck for Ballinhassig’s Ger Collins in the All-Ireland Minor Final on Sunday last, but he can be proud of his performance, no doubt he will feature at HQ again in the lifetime of his career. Best of luck to Eimear O’Sullivan in the senior camoige final on Sunday next and also featuring in the intermediate final are Rachel O’Shea, Carrigaline, Ballygarvan’s Michaella Buckley and Sarah Ahern, and Linda Collins and Jacinta Crowley from Courcey Rovers. Couple of interesting fixtures in the county competitions, Carrigaline are down to play Clonakilty in their replay of the U21 football championship at Ballinspittle at 6.45pm on Thursday 7th. It’s the turn of their senior footballers to turn out against Ballincollig in Brinny on Saturday evening at 4.30pm. If you want to complete the day’s entertainment, Ballymartle face Bandon in a mouth-watering encounter on Saturday evening at 6.15pm in Pairc Ui Rinn in the senior hurling championship.