5 story events to watch in GAA Club action this weekend · The42

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1. Weekend move in Dublin tossing

The final round of group matches takes place at the Dublin Adult Throwing Championships this weekend. In the first group, Koala and Ballyboden face Saint Enda in the Saturday night tour match.

The two southern clubs have already confirmed their qualification to the quarter-finals, but a win by Koala will see them leapfrog ‘Bowden’ and finish top of the group, finishing fourth in fourth.

While Kilmacaud Crooks took the title last year, Koala and Baleboden shared the previous seven county titles and faced off in the 2020 play-off, which Koala won.

In the second set, St. Vincent meets Kilmachoud Crooks at another top of the table meet. A win for Marino’s team would put them straight into the semi-finals.

David Clifford works for East Kerry.

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2. Kerry County Championship kicks off

There will be a lot of excitement as the main competition kicks off in the home of the All-Ireland Champions. The Kerry County Senior Football Championship kicks off with eight clubs and eight divisional teams competing for the Bishop Moynihan Cup.

With 10 clubs available to them, East Kerry is the favorite to add to the titles they won in 2019 and 2020. And they’ve been boosted by the addition of Killarney Legion content, which only adds to their strength in depth.

The front line featuring brothers Clifford and James O’Donoghue says all about the Quality Manager Jerry O’Sullivan can relate to.

A big crowd is expected at Austin Stack Park for the opening game of Group 2 against 2021 finalist Kerns O’Reilly on Saturday night. The absence of Jack Savage (travel) and Tommy Walsh (injury) will hurt the chances of the Tralee team.

3. Cork throws the quarter-finals

It’s the quarter-finals this weekend at the Cork Adult Shooting Championships.

Defending champion Middleton was knocked out in the group stage, while own Erin waited in the semi-finals after winning the divisional/college division. The 2020 BlackRock winners against the 2017-2019 Champions Imokele promise to be an exciting battle.

Perhaps the most interesting encounter is St Finbart’s meeting with Douglas on Sunday. Getting to the last four would be a big deal for both clubs. Barr last reached the semi-finals in 2019, while Douglas should return to 2014. Douglas has never made it to the final, with Barrer reaching the final in 1993.

The clubs of the neighboring city of South Cork have a range of county players. The Cahalan brothers are on one side for Notable, who also has up-and-coming players in Ben O’Connor, Ethan Tomei and Brian Hayes. The Cadogan brothers and Shane Kingston will play Douglas.

Celebration team after the match

Ballygunner hunt nine in a row.

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4. Can Ballygunner be stopped?

Ballygunner’s show nine in a row brings them against Mount Sion on Sunday in Waterford, which airs on TG4 at 2.30pm. Ballygunner won his first Irish League title in February and his dominance at Waterford shows no signs of slowing down.

They were unbeaten in 47 championship matches, they won 46 of those contests, and one more win would bring them levels with the nine consecutive titles won by Mount Sion in 1961 and Erin’s Own in 1935.

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The Gunners are chasing the Triple Threat this weekend as their juniors and juniors also gear up for the county finals. Can Mount Sion beat the odds in their first final appearance since 2014 as they chase their first title in 16 years?

Their runaway Austin Gleeson, arguably the biggest name on the Waterford team, is chasing his first big medal in the county.

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Rian O’Neill has had a great season with Armagh.

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5. Cross-look to reclaim the throne of Armagh

Crossmaglen’s dominance of the Armagh Football League lasted from 1996 to 2015, but in the six years since four clubs have shared the county title. Kroos was victorious in 2018 and 2019, but has been defeated in his last two matches against Maguiri and Clan Erin.

Led by the O’Neill brothers, Cross was bolstered by the return of Jimmy Clarke, as the talented striker with Lions and Ambers was named for the first time in six years.

They will play Silverbridge, the club of last all-star candidate Garley Og Burns, in the first round on Sunday, which will be broadcast by TG4. It’s the fourth year in a row that Armagh’s southern neighbors have clashed in the championship. Crossmaglen prevailed in the last three counters.

Armagh SFC is a direct knockout format, in which the eight winners of the first round advance to the quarter-finals.

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