With the inter-county season all but over (there’s only the trifling matter of the final itself to be played this coming Sunday), thoughts can now turn to the more visceral kind of contests that can often take place at club level. In that regard, last night’s draw for the senior club semi-finals was a cracking one, with favourites Knockmore pitted against Peter Forde’s fast-improving Castlebar Mitchels while James Horan’s Ballintubber were paired against Shrule/Glencorrib who, of course, did for last year’s winners Charlestown in the previous round.
Both semi-finals are down for decision on Sunday week (26th) in what should be a tasty double-header at McHale Park. The Knockmore-Mitchels match throws in at 2 pm, while the Ballintubber-Shrule/Glencorrib clash gets underway at four. I think I’ll be on home soil that weekend and, if so, I might just manage to get to McHale Park to see these ties.
The intermediate and junior semis are also on that weekend, by the way – full details of the draws are available here.
Up here in the metropolis, meanwhile, my own local club St. Vincent’s are beginning to stir themselves again and last weekend they marched impressively into the quarter-finals of the Dublin senior championship. Their opponents last Saturday were St Mary’s of Saggart, who’d knocked Vinnies out of the championship last year, but they were no match for our lads this time round. Vinnies ended up hammering them by 2-15 to 0-5, with a certain Austin O’Malley chipping in with 1-1 of that total from his centre-forward position and they now go into the hat for the quarters with the likes of defending champions Ballyboden, Oliver Plunkett’s and St Brigid’s among others.