Two hugely significant contests are scheduled to take place in the Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship this weekend - Thurles Sarsfields and Cashel King Cormacs meet in group two with top spot on the line, but the situation is much more grave in groups one and five.
In group five on Saturday, September 1st the Clonmel Sportsfield will host the meeting of Golden-Kilfeacle and Kilsheelan-Kilcash (4pm) - Kilsheelan-Kilcash could still force their way into the knock-out stages of the championship by virtue of a big win. Meanwhile on Sunday, September 2nd Ballinahinch take on Lattin-Cullen Gaels in Cappawhite (12.30pm) - the winner of that contest progresses to the knock-out stage of the competition while the loser faces into the relegation play-offs.
This year's Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship is comprised of twenty-one teams; three groups of four and three groups of three. Following the round robin stage of the competition the top two teams in each group qualify for the knock-out stage of the competition.
Preliminary quarter-finals: the three group winners (which featured four teams) and one of the group winners (which featured three teams) get a bye to the quarter-finals. The remaining two group winners (featuring three teams) plus the six group runners-up play off in four preliminary quarter-finals. There are a number of stipulations involved should a divisional champion not qualify for the knock-out stage via the round robin stage of the competition.
Earlier this year the following sides were crowned as the respective divisional intermediate hurling champions: Drom & Inch (Mid Tipperary), Borrisokane (North Tipperary), Ballybacon-Grange (South Tipperary) and Sean Treacy's (West Tipperary). Ballybacon-Grange are the only divisional champion in danger of missing out on qualifying for the knock-out stages based on their performance in their respective group.
So, the knock-out stage of the championship will definitely comprise of: Moyne-Templetuohy, Thurles Sarsfields, Cashel King Cormacs, Drom & Inch, Borrisokane, Sean Treacy's, Gortnahoe-Glengoole, Moneygall and Shannon Rovers. The winner of the meeting between Ballinahinch and Lattin-Cullen Gaels will also progress as will two sides from the following three: Golden-Kilfeacle, Ballybacon-Grange and Kilsheelan-Kilcash.
Moyne-Templetuohy dismissed the challenge of Lattin-Cullen Gaels in round two with fourteen points to spare (1-22 to 0-11) - the side coached by Denis Kelly (Toomevara) had helped themselves to an eleven-point win over Ballinahinch (0-20 to 0-9) in the opening round meaning that the Mid men have top spot all sewn up in group one. On Sunday, September 2nd Ballinahinch and Lattin-Cullen will meet at Cappawhite (12.30pm) with second place in the group up for grabs while the loser faces the relegation play-offs.
Ballinahinch 0-9 Moyne-Templetuohy 0-20
Moyne-Templetuohy 1-22 Lattin-Cullen Gaels 0-11
Sunday, September 2nd
Ballinahinch v Lattin-Cullen in Cappawhite @ 12.30pm
On August 25th in Cahir the Cappawhite men recorded a fifteen-point win over Carrick Davins (3-20 to 1-11). The final game in the group will take place on Sunday, September 2nd when Holycross hosts the meeting Cashel King Cormacs and Thurles Sarsfields (1pm). Top spot is at stake in that contest - right now Thurles Sarsfields top the group on four points (+26), Cashel King Cormacs are second on three points (+4), Cappawhite are third on two points (even score difference) and Carrick Davins are bottom on a single point (-30).
In round two Thurles Sarsfields surged to their second consecutive win when beating Carrick Davins comprehensively (2-23 to 0-14). Previously Sars had dismissed the challenge of Cappawhite (1-24 to 0-13). In the second round Cashel beat Cappawhite (1-21 to 1-17) while they drew with Davins in the opening round (1-17 apiece).
Carrick Davins 1-17 Cashel King Cormacs 1-17
Thurles Sarsfields 1-24 Cappawhite 1-13
Thurles Sarsfields 2-23 Carrick Davins 0-14
Cashel King Cormacs 1-21 Cappawhite 1-17
Cappawhite 3-20 Carrick Davins 1-11
Sunday, September 2nd
Cashel King Cormacs v Thurles Sarsfields in Holycross @ 1pm
Group three reached a conclusion on August 25th when Borrisokane beat Galtee Rovers (4-16 to 2-12) at Holycross while Drom & Inch saw off the challenge of Arravale Rovers at Dundrum. Drom & Inch have topped the group on six points (+24), Borrisokane have finished second on four (+7), Galtee Rovers are third on two (-20) and Arravale Rovers are bottom on zero points (-11). In round two Borrisokane beat Arravale Rovers (4-13 to 1-16) while Drom & Inch proved too strong for Galtee Rovers (3-16 to 0-12). In the opening round Drom & Inch beat Borrisokane (1-11 to 0-5) while Galtee Rovers saw off the challenge of Arravale Rovers (1-12 to 0-12).
Borrisokane 0-5 Drom & Inch 1-11
Galtee Rovers 1-12 Arravale Rovers 0-12
Drom & Inch 3-16 Galtee Rovers 0-12
Borrisokane 4-13 Arravale Rovers 1-16
Borrisokane 4-16 Galtee Rovers 2-12
Drom & Inch 1-17 Arravale Rovers 1-15
On Sunday, August 26th at New Inn Gortnahoe-Glengoole earned a vital 0-19 to 0-14 over Moyle Rovers. In round two of this three-team group Seán Treacy’s earned themselves a narrow win over Gortnahoe-Glengoole (0-16 to 0-14). The West champions had already accounted for Moyle Rovers (0-18 to 1-7) meaning that the side coached by Natal O’Grady had the group honours sewn up. So, second place was on the line on Sunday and Gortnahoe-Glengoole did the needful.
Seán Treacy's 0-18 Moyle Rovers 1-7
Seán Treacy’s 0-16 Gortnahoe-Glengoole 0-14
Gortnahoe-Glengoole 0-19 Moyle Rovers 0-14
On August 25th Ballybacon-Grange beat Kiladangan 1-27 to 0-15 meaning that Golden-Kilfeacle now top the group on four points (+17), Ballybacon-Grange are second on four points (+8), Kilsheelan-Kilcash are third on two points (-5) and Kiladangan are bottom on zero points (-20).
In round two Golden-Kilfeacle notched their second successive victory when beating Ballybacon-Grange with quite a bit to spare (1-22 to 0-12). Golden-Kilfeacle saw off the challenge of Kiladangan (1-17 to 1-13) in the opening round. Meanwhile Kilsheelan-Kilcash carved out a narrow win over Kiladangan (0-21 to 2-14) - in the opening round Kilsheelan-Kilcash lost to Ballybacon-Grange (0-13 to 3-10).
In the group’s final game on Saturday, September 1st Golden-Kilfeacle face Kilsheelan-Kilcash at the Clonmel Sportsfield (6pm) - a win for Kilsheelan-Kilcash will mean that three teams will complete the group on four points and the final placings will be determined by scoring difference. So, Kilsheelan-Kilcash require a huge win over Golden-Kilfeacle in order to force their way into the top two.
Kiladangan 1-13 Golden-Kilfeacle 1-17
Kilsheelan-Kilcash 0-13 Ballybacon-Grange 3-10
Golden-Kilfeacle 1-22 Ballybacon-Grange 0-12
Kiladangan 2-14 Kilsheelan-Kilcash 0-21
Kiladangan 0-15 Ballybacon-Grange: 1-27
Saturday, September 1st
Golden-Kilfeacle v Kilsheelan-Kilcash in Clonmel Sportsfield @ 4pm
Last week Shannon Rovers beat Moneygall with five points to spare (4-14 to 1-18) meaning that all three teams in group six finished on two points. Therefore the final placings came down to scoring difference: first Moneygall (+4), second Shannon Rovers (+3) and third Knockavilla Kickhams (-7).
In round two Moneygall blasted four goals and duly beat a fancied Knockavilla Kickhams side with nine points to spare (4-16 to 0-19). Knockavilla Kickhams beat Shannon Rovers (3-11 to 2-12) in the opening round.
Knockavilla Kickhams 3-11 Shannon Rovers 2-12
Moneygall 4-16 Knockavilla Kickhams 0-19
Moneygall 1-18 Shannon Rovers 4-14
The bottom team in each of the six groups will compete in the relegation play-offs which comprise of two groups of three. And, following a round robin series the bottom team will be relegated to junior A for 2019. So, this year's relegation play-offs will involve Arravale Rovers, Moyle Rovers, Kiladangan, Carrick Davins, Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams and the loser of this weekend's content between Lattin-Cullen Gaels and Ballinahinch.
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