The senior inter-county GAA season is over, as we make our way into the club season. While the ladies football final will keep us entertained on Sunday, we’re heading into the winter, and the club championships are king for the coming months.
Up and down the country this weekend, there are fascinating duals taking place. Here, we pick out five of the highest profile games coming up over the coming days.
UCC vs Sarsfields (Cork SHC)
The university caused a major shock last week by knocking out a fancied Midleton side. Buoyed by a star-studded line-up featuring the likes of Jamie Barron, Michael Breen, Mark Coleman and many more, the students are being talked up ahead of the quarter-finals.
They now take on Sarsfields, who have won the county championship four times so far this decade.
It certainly is a high-profile clash. Consistency is often an issue for college sides in the county championship, so it will be interesting to see if UCC can now push on.
Dr Crokes vs Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry SFC)
It’s knock-out time in the Kerry senior championship. The All-Ireland champions are favourites to repeat the trick, as they face into their county quarter-finals.
Having defeated the same opposition two weeks ago in the senior club final, Crokes now look to push on in pursuit of the county title, and there are a number of divisional sides still in the mix.
The talent at their disposal speaks for itself as they look to build upon their success.
Cushendall vs Dunloy (Antrim SHC)
The Antrim county final is taking place this weekend, and there are few counties more competitive. The Saffron County frequently see their champions reach the All-Ireland semi-finals and further.
What is arguably more impressive is the spread of quality sides that have come through the county in recent years.
We have witnessed the likes of Cushendall, Dunloy and Loughiel Shamrocks mixing it with the very best, and Sunday is sure to be a cracker.
Cuala vs Crumlin (Dublin SHC)
The reigning All-Ireland champions were dealt a blow in their first game of their title defence in Dublin, losing to Ballyboden St Enda’s. While they recovered to beat Faughs, ‘Boden’s loss to Crumlin in Group 1 made things a bit more complicated.
The Dalkey side know that if they lose, they’re out. As they chase a third consecutive county title, they will be confident that they can reach the knockout stages, but come up against a tricky challenge in the form of Crumlin, backed up by Dublin pair Alex and Ben Quinn.
Kilcar vs St Michael’s (Donegal SFC – Live on eir Sport 2)
Buoyed by county stars Patrick McBrearty and Ryan McHugh, Kilcar are heavily fancied for the county championship, and are given a fighting chance by bookmakers to go all the way to Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day.
They come up against a resolute St Michael’s side, and it’s sure to be interesting.
What makes this tie all the better is that it’s going to be live on television.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we look back on the All-Ireland final.