The club fixtures for this weekend are:
Sunday November 18th
Leinster Senior Club Semi Finals
Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) v Birr (Offaly) - 2pm, Kilkenny
Ballyboden St.Endas (Dublin) v Camross (Laois) - 2.15pm, Parnell Park
Munster Senior Club Semi Finals
Ballyduff Upper (Waterford) V Tulla (Clare) - Ennis 2pm
Adare (Limerick) V Loughmore Castleiney (Tipp) - Gaelic Grounds 2pm.
Connacht Senior Club Final
Portumna (Galway) v Ballina James Stephens (Mayo)
Camogie All Ireland Senior Club Final
Athenry (Galway) v Cashel (Tipperary) - 12.15, Gaelic Grounds Limerick
Camogie All Ireland Junior Club Final
Harps (Laois) v Keady (Armagh) - 2pm, Stabannon Louth
Should be two good semi finals in Leinster. Ballyhale could be under pressure to maintain their hold on the Leinster and All Ireland crowns given the absence of their big two, Henry and Cha, and given their poor performance last day against Mount Leinster Rangers. Birr are always strong in the club campaign. In the other game Ballyboden will be on a high after the win over Oulart and with home advantage again should probably be a bit too strong for Camross, although the Laois team will be gunning for a final spot having been out of the limelight for a long time on the club front. I’ll go for a Birr v Ballyboden final.
Portumna shouldn’t have any trouble winning the Connacht title, I’m sure Ballina will put up a good fight but the firepower of Portumna will be way too much for them.
The Camogie club finals are on aswell. Not sure why they aren’t both in the same venue but that’s the Camogie for you! Athenry disposed of three-in-a-row winners Freshford in their semi final while Cashel had a big win over O’Donnovan Rossa from Antrim. It’s a hard one to call, both teams seem to have plenty of forward power with Cashel’s ace being recent all star Clare Crogan and Athenry’s being Connacht young player of the year Jessica Gill. In the Junior it’s a repeat of last year’s final where Harps from Laois beat Keady of Armagh. The Armagh team should be able to muster a strong support given that the game is in Louth but the Laois team probably have the better shooting power. I’ll go for Cashel and Harps wins.
UPDATE 15/Nov: Just added the Munster semi finals - thanks to the painter in the comments. The Ballyduff Upper v Tulla one seems hard to call, to a non - munster man anyway - given both are relatively new on the scene but I’ll pick Ballyduff given their impressive win over Ballygunner in the Waterford final. Loughmore Castleiney will probably be favourites to see off Adare, given that Limerick final was by all accounts a poor game and Loughmore have already beaten the Cork champions.
Weekend Fixtures for November 10th/11th
Club Hurling Results - November 18th
Gaelic Games Hurling due Friday November 9th