It’s another pivotal weekend in the GAA club calendar as a number of provincial titles are up for grabs while we’ve reached the All Ireland semi-final stage in the ladies football competition.
Beginning with hurling, it’s the biggest day in the Galway calendar as 2016 champions, St Thomas’ take on the current title holders, Liam Mellows. It’s the penultimate round of the Leinster hurling championship with two cracking fixtures in store. Wexford champions, Naomh Eanna have had a dream season so far but can they go one step further by beating Henry Shefflin’s Ballyhale Shamrocks? Meanwhile, Parnell Park is the venue for the showdown between 2012 All Ireland finalists, Coolderry and the kings of Dublin, Ballyboden St Endas.
The most eye-catching fixture of the weekend is the Munster hurling final between Na Piarsaigh of Limerick and Waterford champions, Ballygunner. These two sides are no strangers to each other having met in the 2015 and 2017 decider with the Limerick champions scraping by on both occasions. Will last year’s beaten All Ireland finalists make it back-to-back titles or will it be a case of third time lucky for Ballygunner?
It’s to Ulster we go for the football action this weekend as four teams battle it out for a place in the final. Eoghan Rua have earned their place in the semi-final after they knocked the reigning champions, Slaughtneil, out of the Derry championship. Lying in their way is Scotstown of Monaghan who are not short of talent or experience. It’s Donegal v Armagh in the other final as Gweedore face 11-time champions, Crossmaglen.
It’s semi-finals weekend in the All Ireland Ladies Football championship. Kilkerrin-Clonberne will face Mournabbey after the Galway side dethroned Connacht and All Ireland champions, Carnacon, in the provincial decider last week. In the other semi-final, Foxrock-Cabinteely take on old rivals, Donaghmoyne with both games throwing in at 1pm.
Finally, Nowlan Park plays host to a wonderful day of camogie action as Young Ireland’s face St Ryanaghs of Offaly in the intermediate Leinster final followed by a mouth-watering clash between senior title holders, Thomastown and St Martins of Wexford.
As always, TG4 have a stellar line-up of GAA action with the Munster final between Na Piarsaigh v Ballygunner live from 1.30pm followed by deferred coverage of Gweedore v Crossmaglen in the Ulster semi-final. The coverage doesn’t stop there as they head straight over to Boston for the Fenway Hurling Classic. First up it’s Clare v Cork (throw-in 5.45pm) followed by Limerick v Wexford (throw-in 6.50pm) They will also show live coverage of the final (throw-in 8.10pm).
Sunday, November 18th
Munster club SHC final: Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) v Ballygunner (Waterford), Semple Stadium Thurles, 2pm.
Leinster club SHC semi-final: Naomh Eanna (Wexford) v Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny), Innovate Wexford Park, 1.30pm.
Leinster club SHC semi-final: Ballyboden Saint Enda’s (Dublin) v Coolderry (Offaly), Parnell Park Dublin, 2pm.
Galway SHC final: Liam Mellows v St Thomas, Pearse Stadium, 2pm
Ulster club SFC semi-final: Eoghan Rua (Derry) v Scotstown (Monaghan), Healy Park Omagh, 1.30pm.
Ulster club SFC semi-final: Gaoth Dobhair (Donegal) v Crossmaglen (Armagh), Healy Park Omagh, 3.30pm.
All Ireland senior semi-final: Kilkerrin-Clonberne (Galway) v Mourneabbey (Cork), Clonberne GAA Pitch, 1pm.
All Ireland senior semi-final: Foxrock Cabinteely (Dublin) v Donaghmoyne (Monaghan), Bray Emmets GAA, 1pm.
All Ireland intermediate Club semi-final: St Brendan’s (Galway) v Clontarf (Dublin), Duggan Park Ballinasloe, 1pm.
All Ireland intermediate Club semi-final: Trí Leac C. Naoimh Mhic Artáin (Tyrone) v Glanmire (Cork), Trillick, 1pm
Leinster intermediate final: Young Ireland’s (Kilkenny) v St Rynagh’s (Offaly), Nowlan Park Kilkenny, 12.30pm.
Leinster senior final: Thomastown (Kilkenny) v St Martin’s (Wexford), Nowlan Park Kilkenny, 2.30pm.