Both semi-finals are scheduled to take place in the Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship this weekend - on Saturday, September 29th Dolla (2pm) hosts the meeting of Cashel King Cormacs and Borrisokane while on Sunday, September 30th Thurles Sarsfields and Shannon Rovers collide at Borrisoleigh (12 noon).
Vincent McKenna’s Borrisokane are the only divisional champion remaining in the competition. Despite losing out to Drom & Inch in the opening round (0-5 to 1-11) Borrisokane recovered to beat Arravale Rovers (4-14 to 1-15) and Galtee Rovers (4-16 to 2-12). In the preliminary quarter-finals Borrisokane enjoyed a double-score victory over Ballybacon-Grange (1-11 to 0-7) before recording another impressive win over Moneygall (2-19 to 1-19) in the last eight.
Cashel King Cormacs, however, have been installed as many observers’ favourites to be crowned intermediate champions this season. The Cashel lads are guided by manager Ronan O'Donoghue while strength and conditioning coach Alan O’Connor is a key influence on the set-up. The Cahir man has built an extraordinary resume at club and inter-county level, especially with Loughmore-Castleiney and the Tipperary ladies football team.
King Cormacs initially drew with Carrick Davins (1-17 each), but recovered to beat Cappawhite (1-21 to 1-17) and, most notably, Thurles Sarsfields (1-15 to 0-14). That result propelled Cashel into the quarter-finals where TJ Connolly’s men proved too strong for Ballinahinch after extra-time (2-22 to 1-22).
Thurles Sarsfields will be fancied to edge their contest with Shannon Rovers. The Blues beat Cappawhite (1-24 to 1-13) and Carrick Davins (2-23 to 0-14) during the group stage of the competition before losing out to Cashel King Cormacs (1-15 to 0-14). In the preliminary quarter-finals Sars proved marginally too good for Moyne-Templetuohy (1-18 to 1-16) while they enjoyed a thirteen-point win over Golden-Kilfeacle in the last eight (2-19 to 0-12).
Shannon Rovers arrive at this juncture of the competition despite losing the opening round against Knockavilla Kickhams (2-12 to 3-11). Rovers followed up that result with a 4-14 to 1-18 group stage win over Moneygall and duly progressed on scoring difference. In the preliminary quarter-finals Shannon Rovers accounted for a fancied Gortnahoe-Glengoole (0-16 to 1-11) while they beat Mid champions Drom & Inch in the quarter-finals (2-13 to 0-14).
Thurles Sarsfields need to be on their guard here, but the Blues must be fancied to book their place in the decider alongside Cashel.
COUNTY JUNIOR A HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINALS
Last weekend Toomevara progressed to the final four courtesy of a 2-19 to 3-12 win over Holycross-Ballycahill. Two more quarter-finals take place on Saturday, September 29th in the Tipperary County Junior A Hurling Championship - Clonoulty-Rossmore v St Patrick's in Cahir (1.30pm) and Boherlahan-Dualla v Roscrea in Templederry (5pm).
The last of the quarter-finals is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 6th when Skeheenarinky face Emly at Leahy Park, Cashel (2pm).
COUNTY MINOR A HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Both semi-finals take place in the Tipperary County Minor A Hurling Championship on Saturday, September 29th - Kiladangan v Moycarkey-Borris in Borrisoleigh (2.30pm) and Cappawhite Gaels v Skeheenarinky-Clonmel Óg in Golden (3.45pm).
COUNTY MINOR B HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
On Saturday, September 29th Golden (2pm) will host the Tipperary Water County Minor B Hurling Championship semi-final meeting between Knockavilla Kickhams and Mullinahone while on Sunday, September 30th Kilruane MacDonagh's face Drom & Inch in Templederry (12 noon).
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