National Hurling League Round 2 – Team News

The second round of the National Hurling League takes place this weekend. Check out the Match Programme (left) for the fixtures.

CLARE (SH v Laois): P. Brennan; T. Keogh, D. Clancy, F. Lohan; J. McInerney, C. Plunkett, G. Quinn; C. Lynch, B. O’Connell; J. Clancy, D. O’Rourke, T. Carmody; N. Gilligan, F. Lynch, M. Flaherty.

LIMERICK (SH v Tipperary) – D. Bulfin; M. O’Riordan, S. Lucey, S. Hickey; M. O’Brien, P. O’Dwyer, D. Clancy; D. O’Grady, W. McNamara; S. Lavin, H. Flavin, A. O’Connor; A. O’Shaughnessy, P. Brown, P. Tobin

TIPPERARY (SH vs. Limerick): Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange); Eamonn Buckley (Drom & Inch); Declan Fanning (Killenaule), Conor O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty);Eamon Corcoran (JK Brackens), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Benny Dunne (Toomevara); James Woodlock (Drom & Inch), Shane Maher (Burgess); Seamus Butler (Drom & Inch), Ryan O’Dwyer (Cashel King Cormacs), Pat Kerwick (Killenaule); Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone), Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields), Willie Ryan (Toomevara)

All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Loughmore-Castleiney vs. Portumna

Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) will play Portumna (Galway) in the All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday, February 24th at 2:00pm in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick. Portumna, the 2006 AIB All-Ireland champions, will be appearing in the semi-final for the third time while Loughmore-Castleiney are in the last four for the first time. Portumna lost their first semi-final to Dunloy in 2004 but got it right second around when they beat James Stephens two later to reach the final where they beat Newtownshandrum (Cork).

Portumna have several high-profile performers on their team, including the Canning brothers, Joe and Ollie, Damien Hayes and Eoin Lynch as they seek to win a place in the final for the second time in three seasons. They were easy winners in Connacht, winning just one game against the Mayo champions whereas Loughmore-Castleiney had a much tougher route, beating the Cork, Limerick and Clare champions to win the Munster title for the first time.

With former Tipperary star, David Kennedy, who won the AIB Munster award, in fine form at centre-back, Loughmore-Castleiney improved with each outing. Evan Sweeney was their top scorer as they powered past Erin’s Own, Adare and Tulla to clinch a place in the All-Ireland semi-finals.

PATHS TO THE SEMI-FINALS
LOUGHMORE-CASTLEINEY
L/C 2-11 Erin’s Own (Cork) 0-14
L/C 1-15 Adare (Limerick) 1-10
L/C 1-6 Tulla (Clare) 0-7 (Munster final)
Average For: 1-12 Average Against: 0-12

PORTUMNA
Portumna (Galway) 6-23 James Stephens (Mayo) 0-7 (Connacht final)

All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Nemo Rangers vs. Ballina

Nemo Rangers (Cork) will play Ballina Stephenites (Mayo) in the All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday, February 24th at 2:00pm at Cusack Park Ennis.

When it comes to AIB All-Ireland football semi-finals no club can compare to Nemo Rangers. Next Sunday week’s clash with Ballina will be their 15th appearance at the semi-final stages where they boast a great record of having won ten and drawn one of the previous fourteen.

Ballina will be appearing in the semi-final for the third time, having won the previous two in 1999 and 2005. Managed by Galway man, Liam Higgins, Ballina beat Tourlestrane and St. Brigid’s to win their third Connacht title. Inspired by well-known Mayo players, Ronan McGarrity, Ger and David Brady, Pat Harte and David Clarke, Ballina looked extremely impressive when winning the Connacht title and are now hoping to book a place in the finals in Croke Park on St.Patrick’s Day. Nemo Rangers also have several high-profile players aboard, including Derek Kavanagh, James Masters, Alan Cronin, Martin Cronin and Niall Geary.

PATHS TO THE SEMI-FINALS
NEMO RANGERS
Nemo Rangers 1-14 v Moyle Rovers (Tipperary) 2-6.
Nemo Rangers 2-15 Ballylanders (Limerick) 2-9
Nemo Rangers 1-10 Ballinacourty (Waterford) 1-7 (Munster final)
Average For: 1-14 Average Against 2-7

BALLINA STEPHENITES
Ballina 1-8 Tourlestrane (Sligo) 1-4
Ballina 2-8 St. Brigid’s (Roscommon) 0-12 (Connacht final)
Average For: 1-10 Average Against: 0-10

All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship Final

Conahy Shamrocks (Kilkenny) defeated Moyle Rovers (Tipperary) by 0-19 to 1-9 in the All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship Final at Croke Park on Saturday. Match Report

Dr, Harty Cup Semi-Finals

DLS Waterford 5-11 West Waterford Colleges 0-6
Match Report

Thurles CBS 1-14 Ard Scoil Ris Limerick 1-10

Munster Junior “B” Hurling Championship Final

Ballingarry (Tipperary) defeated St. Ita’s (Cork) by 2-12 to 0-12 to win the Munster Junior “B” Hurling Championship title at Killeedy, County Limerick on Sunday.

National Hurling League Round 2 – Team News

The second round of the National Hurling League takes place this weekend. Check out the Match Programme (left) for the fixtures.

CLARE (SH v Laois): P. Brennan; T. Keogh, D. Clancy, F. Lohan; J. McInerney, C. Plunkett, G. Quinn; C. Lynch, B. O’Connell; J. Clancy, D. O’Rourke, T. Carmody; N. Gilligan, F. Lynch, M. Flaherty.

LIMERICK (SH v Tipperary) – D. Bulfin; M. O’Riordan, S. Lucey, S. Hickey; M. O’Brien, P. O’Dwyer, D. Clancy; D. O’Grady, W. McNamara; S. Lavin, H. Flavin, A. O’Connor; A. O’Shaughnessy, P. Brown, P. Tobin

TIPPERARY (SH vs. Limerick): Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange); Eamonn Buckley (Drom & Inch); Declan Fanning (Killenaule), Conor O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty);Eamon Corcoran (JK Brackens), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Benny Dunne (Toomevara); James Woodlock (Drom & Inch), Shane Maher (Burgess); Seamus Butler (Drom & Inch), Ryan O’Dwyer (Cashel King Cormacs), Pat Kerwick (Killenaule); Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone), Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields), Willie Ryan (Toomevara)

National Football League Round 2 – Team News

The second round of the National Football League takes place this weekend. Check out the Match Programme (left) for the fixtures.

CLARE (SF v Antrim): J. Hayes; L. Healy, C. Whelan, G. Kelly; D. Connole, G. Lyons, E. Doyle; G. Quinlan, S. Hickey; F. O’Dea, D. Turbridy, J. Larkin; M. O’Shea, C. Dillon, R. Donnelly.

TIPPERARY (SF vs. Offaly) – Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard); Aidan Foley (Moyle Rovers – Captain), Mark Peters (Galtee Rovers), Ciaran McDonald (Aherlow); Christopher Aylward (Clonmel Og), Niall Fitzgerald (Monaleen), Robbie Costigan (Cahir); Eamon Hanrahan (Commercials), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers); Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Eoin Kearney (Ballyporeen), Damian O’Brien (Eire Og-Annacarty); Darrel Darcy (Shannon Rovers), Seamus Grogan (Aherlow), Barry Grogan (Aherlow)

WATERFORD (SF v Kilkenny): T. Wall; J. Walsh, J. Seward, P. Dunphy; T. Grey, S. Briggs, T. O’Connor; M. Ahern, G. Hurney; D. Casey, L. O’Lionnain, C. O’Keeffe; P. Hurney, W. Hennessy, G. Power

Dr, Harty Cup Semi-Finals

DLS Waterford 5-11 West Waterford Colleges 0-6
Match Report

Thurles CBS 1-14 Ard Scoil Ris Limerick 1-1

Munster Junior “B” Hurling Championship Final

Ballingarry (Tipperary) defeated St. Ita’s (Cork) by 2-12 to 0-12 to win the Munster Junior “B” Hurling Championship title at Killeedy, County Limerick on Sunday.