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The Forecast: Your Guide To This Weekend’s Main Sporting Events

Let’s look ahead to an action-packed weekend of sport with the latest instalment of The Weekend Forecast, in association with RNLI.

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Friday

What?

FIFA 2019 Women’s World Cup Qualifier: Ireland vs Norway

What time?

Kick- off is at 5:30

Where?

This game will take place at Shamrock Rovers home ground, Tallaght Stadium.

Where To Watch?

The game isn’t being broadcast on the television, but tickets to Tallaght Stadium are only €5 and kids go free.

Why Is This Game So Important?

Colin Bell’s Ireland will be looking for a victory over their Group 3 rivals Norway at Tallaght Stadium, as they bid to reach the Women’s World Cup for the first time ever.

Ireland were defeated by top-of-the-table Netherlands in their last qualifying game and will be hoping to bounce back with a win overthird-place Norway on Friday evening.

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What?

Airticity League Premier Division: Waterford vs St Patrick’s Athletic

What time? 

Kick-off in this one is at 7:45 p.m. Friday

Where?

The Waterford Regional Sports Centre

Where To Watch?

Another one that isn’t being broadcast on television, but with the weather set to stay around 18 degrees for the evening and tickets €15, it could be a cracking game to go to.

Why Is This Game So Important?

A clash between 3rd and 5th at the RSC in Waterford tonight, as both Waterford and St Pat’s bid to gain ground on the top two in the Airtricity League Premier Division.

There is only six points separating the two sides in the table and St Patrick’s Athletic defeated a ten-man Waterford side the last time these two teams met, by a goal to nil, so it could be a feisty affair.

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Saturday

What?

Rugby International: Ireland vs Australia

What time? 

The match gets underway at 11 a.m Irish time on Saturday morning

Where?

The Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

Where To atch?

This game is being shown on Sky Sports Main Event from 10:45 a.m with the game kicking off at 11 a.m.

Why Is This Game So Important? 

One of the biggest sporting fixtures of the whole weekend, Ireland kick-off their three test tour of Australia in Brisbane on Saturday morning.

Joe Schmidt’s men will go into the game as slight favourites and will be hoping that they can continue their run of excellent for this year, having already bagged a Six Nations Grand Slam crown in March.

All eyes will be on this one as Ireland look for their first test win in Australia since 1979.

 

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What?

All Ireland Senior Football Qualifier: Meath vs Tyrone

What time?

Throw-in in this one is at 5.00 p.m Saturday evening

Where?

Pairc Tailteann, Navan, Co Meath.

Where To Watch?

If heading to Pairc Tailteann on what’s set to be a sunny Saturday evening doesn’t tickle your fancy, then Sky Sports Arena will be showing this one from 4:30 p.m

Why Is This Game So Important?

A stand out tie in the first round of the qualifiers, Ulster heavyweights Tyrone will be hoping to avenge their Ulster quarter-final defeat to Monaghan when they travel to Navan on Saturday.

Tyrone will certainly be the favourites and Meath will likely be short on confidence following their shock defeat in Leinster to Longford, but if the Royals can play to their potential, then this could end up being a closer game than most expect.

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Sunday

What?

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Round 4: Tipperary vs Clare

What time? 

This game gets underway at 2:00p.m on Sunday

Where? 

Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Where To Watch? 

The atmosphere in Thurles for this game will be electric but RTE are also showing it, if that’s not an option.

Why Is This Game So Important? 

It’s win or bust for Tipperary in this game, as they look to advance to the next stage of the Munster Hurling Championship. Michael Ryan’s men have come back from big deficits in their last two games, and are providing an excellent entertainment factor, but they desperately need a win.

Clare could also do with a victory against Tipp and are well rested following their weekend off in the last round of fixtures.

With the Munster Hurling Championship providing classic games left, right and centre, this fixture on Sunday should certainly be another one guaranteed to deliver.

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What?

Leinster Senior Football Championship Semi- Final: Laois vs Carlow

What time? 

This one throws in at 2:00pm on Sunday

Where? 

Croke Park

Where To Watch?

Much to the chagrin of many GAA fans, this game fell victim to a scheduling conflict and RTÉ opted for Tipperary vs Clare, which throws in at the same time, instead, so this game will not be on TV. In other words, you have an excuse to go to Croke Park on Sunday.

Why Is This Game So Important?

The remarkable story of Carlow’s rise has brought them all the way to a Leinster semi-final, and to the brink of a first provincial final in 74 years.

Laois, however, stand in their way and John Sugrue’s men have motivation of their own; they haven’t reached a Leinster final themselves in 11 years.

Carlow fell short against their neighbours in the Division 4 final, but riding the wave of momentum that the ‘Carlow Rising’ movement have provided them with, this could be an historic game for Turlough O’Brien’s men.

 

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here oisin@punditarena.com