The group stage of the Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship reached a conclusion on Sunday - we now know the identity of all twelve clubs who will compete in the knock-out series of this year’s championship.
The respective group winners read as follows: Moyne-Templetuohy, Cashel King Cormacs, Drom & Inch, Seán Treacy's, Golden-Kilfeacle and Moneygall.
The second-placed teams read as follows: Ballinahinch, Thurles Sarsfields, Borrisokane, Gortnahoe-Glengoole, Ballybacon-Grange and Shannon Rovers.
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.
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).
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 had top spot all sewn up in group one.
On Sunday, September 2nd Ballinahinch and Lattin-Cullen Gaels met at Cappawhite with second place in the group up for grabs while the loser would face the relegation play-offs. And, Ballinahinch won that contest thanks to an emphatic sixteen-point margin of victory (3-20 to 0-13).
Ballinahinch 0-9 Moyne-Templetuohy 0-20
Moyne-Templetuohy 1-22 Lattin-Cullen Gaels 0-11
Ballinahinch 3-20 Lattin-Cullen Gaels 0-13
The final game in the group took place in Holycross on Sunday, September 2nd when Cashel King Cormacs beat Thurles Sarsfields (1-15 to 0-14) to win the group: Cashel King Cormacs finished first on five points (+8), Thurles Sarsfields second on four points (+22), Cappawhite third on two points (even score difference) and Carrick Davins bottom on a single point (-30).
On August 25th in Cahir the Cappawhite men recorded a fifteen-point win over Carrick Davins (3-20 to 1-11). 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
Cashel King Cormacs 1-15 Thurles Sarsfields 0-14
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 victory 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 August 26th 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 Saturday Golden-Kilfeacle beat Kilsheelan-Kilcash by a point (0-18 to 1-14) while on August 25th Ballybacon-Grange saw off the challenge of Kiladangan (1-27 to 0-15). So, Golden-Kilfeacle have topped the group on six points, Ballybacon-Grange are second on four, Kilsheelan-Kilcash are third on two and Kiladangan are bottom on zero.
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).
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
Golden-Kilfeacle 0-18 Kilsheelan-Kilcash 1-14
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 Lattin-Cullen Gaels.
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