The Séamus Ó Riain Cup semi-finals (Roinn II of the Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship) will pack plenty of punch next weekend - both semi-finals are scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 6th and with both finalists promoted to Roinn I in time for the 2019 season a pair of entertaining contests is assured.
The Ragg will host the meeting of Mid Tipperary rivals Moycarkey-Borris and JK Bracken's (2pm) while Burgess face the Templederry Kenyons in Dolla (2.30pm) with the final fixed as the curtain raiser to the county senior hurling final at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday, October 21st.
Moycarkey-Borris will enter the contest with JK Bracken’s as favourites having won group three of the competition in comprehensive fashion thanks to victories over Lorrha-Dorrha (1-22 to 3-10), Ballina (3-34 to 0-10) and, most notably, Holycross-Ballycahill (2-19 to 1-17).
Meanwhile JK Bracken’s lost out to Burgess (1-12 to 1-14) before beating St Mary’s Clonmel (2-16 to 1-11) and Ballingarry (3-19 to 0-20). The Templemore outfit finished second in group one and had to overcome Silvermines in the quarter-finals (2-25 to 3-20).
JK Bracken’s are a potentially lively outfit, but Moycarkey-Borris’ form has been that bit more impressive and they get the tentative nod on this occasion.
Burgess’ form was eye-catching in group one - they beat JK Bracken’s (1-14 to 1-12), Ballingarry (2-23 to 1-10) and St Mary’s Clonmel (2-17 to 1-15) and qualified for the semi-finals outright. Burgess, however, will be up against it in the last four when facing a terrific Templederry team.
Although out of sorts early on in the season Eoin Brislane’s Kenyons are bang in form and considering the talent at the disposal of the Toomevara man Templederry must be made favourites to win the Séamus Ó Riain Cup outright.
Templederry lost their opening contest with Silvermines (0-9 to 1-19), but re-discovered their form when seeing off the successive challenges of Clonakenny (1-24 to 1-12) and Newport (3-26 to 2-17). Then, in the quarter-finals, Templederry beat Holycross-Ballycahill (2-14 to 0-15) and appear in rude good health.
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