With another big weekend of county final action ahead of us, more of the country’s top stars will be looking to lead their local teams to glory.
While a good number of county titles have already found their home for the winter, there are some high-profile clashes this weekend.
Here are five well-known faces who are looking to lead their clubs to glory this Sunday.
Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
Nemo Rangers will be disappointed that they let a good lead slip against St Finbarrs in last week’s final – but they don’t have long to wait to try to atone for that missed opportunity.
With Paul Kerrigan and a number of other experienced men around the side (Tomás O’Se springs to mind) Rangers will be hot favourites to get the job done this time around.
Ian Kilbride (St Brigid’s)
A goal-scorer in last years final (pictured below) Ian Kilbride will be looking to repeat the trick this weekend.
On their day St Brigids are one of the top teams in Connacht – but they will face a stiff test from Roscommon Gaels in Sunday’s Hyde Park decider.
Colm Cooper (Dr Crokes)
The Gooch is one of the best players of the modern era, if not ever, but he is not content to stay at home and enjoy his (already substantial) medal collection just yet.
The fact that they are playing a divisional side (South Kerry) means Cooper and Co will progress to the Munster Championship regardless of the result on Sunday. Nonetheless, the Killarney men will be looking to add another county title to their collection this weekend.
Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
Despite struggling with an injury, Moran scored 1-03 in last weekend’s semi-final. Waterford’s progression to the All-Ireland final meant the Déise put their club scene on hold – which has resulted in an intense schedule over the past six weeks.
Facing Ballygunner in the showpiece event in the south-east, De La Salle may be underdogs, but if Moran can play anywhere near his Hurler of the Year potential, they have a fighting chance.
Séamus Harnedy (Imokilly)
Harnedy will line out for divisional side Imokilly in the Cork decider – part of a SHC-SFC final double-header at the new Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
While divisional sides (like colleges) aren’t popular winners, the St Ita’s man will look to lead the east Cork representatives to a third county title – and look to stop Blackrock winning an unprecedented 33rd crown.
Check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we spoke with Paul Kerrigan, Shane Dowling and new Dublin hurling boss, Pat Gilroy.
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