Another busy weekend of provincial championship action has cut the number of clubs for Kilkenny and Carlow left in competitions – but who remains in play?
On Saturday we saw a surprise defeat for Danesfort, who many had expected would see off Meath’s Trim with ease at UPMC Nowlan Park. Instead, with ten minutes to go in the game, Trim edged ahead by a point, pushing it out to two points in injury time, a gap too wide for Danesfort to bridge as the visitors ran out 0-16 to 0-15 winners.
It marks the end of the road for Danesfort in provincial action though they’ll be comfortable in having earned a return to the senior hurling ranks in Kilkenny for 2023.
Also on Saturday, Thomastown’s senior camogie journey in Leinster ended at the first hurdle as they were beaten comfortably on the road by St. Vincent’s who will now face Oulart The Ballagh in this year’s provincial final. Muckalee’s Leinster journey on in ladies football has also ended at the final stages as O’Dwyer’s claimed their first-ever provincial crown with a convincing win over the Kilkenny champions in Baltinglass on Saturday.
Blacks and Whites, however, found another gear in extra time to seal a win over Ringtown of Westmeath and book safe passage through to the Leinster club junior hurling championship semi-finals where they will face Commercials (Dublin) in Kilkenny on Saturday 26 November. That game will likely head to UPMC Nowlan Park with Danesfort out of the running (fixtures would have been the same day).
Senior hurlers progress
Sunday saw good wins for both Ballyhale Shamrocks and St. Mullins.
Shamrocks, celebrating a 50th year for the club this year, were 5-25 to 0-15 winners over Castletown Geoghan on Sunday afternoon at UPMC Nowlan Park while St. Mullins clash with Ferns St. Aidans of Wexford was a much closer affair. With a big crowd at Netwatch Cullen Park, that finished 1-19 to 1-17 in favour of the hosts.
The results send Shamrocks and St. Mullins both to Croke Park on Sunday 27 November with Naas and Kilmacud Crokes providing the opposition.
Football, Camogie still in play
Between the big ball and small ball, we’ve still got four other teams in Leinster action this month.
This weekend, the attention shifts back to football with Mullinavat and Clonmore in intermediate and junior club action respectively. Mullinavat are at home this coming Saturday to Fethard St. Mogues of Wexford with John Locke Park in Callan providing the backdrop. Should Mullinavat progress, they would have home advantage again for a fourth and final time with the winners of Dunshaughlin and Cooley Kickhams awaiting on 3 December.
Clonmore will meet Castletown of Meath in Netwatch Cullen Park, also on Sunday with the winners of that one set to face Multyfarnham (Westmeath) or Adamstown (Wexford) in Netwatch Cllen Park on 3 December.
The last two standing in provincial camogie action are James Stephens and Mullinavat, both out this weekend. The Village will host St. Brigid’s this Saturday at 1.30pm on the Kells Road while Myshall make the trip to Na Fianna at the same time with a potential Leinster intermediate final clash for both sides should they pick up the wins this weekend.
Upcoming Leinster fixtures
- Saturday 19 November: James Stephens v St. Brigids, Leinster club camogie intermediate championship semi-final, 1.30pm Kells Road
- Saturday 19 November: Na Fianna v Myshall, Leinster club camogie intermediate championship semi-final, 1pm Enfield
- Saturday 19 November: Mullinavat v Fethard St. Mogues, Leinster club football intermediate championship semi-final, 1.30pm John Locke Park
- Saturday 19 November: Clonmore v Castletown, Leinster club football intermediate championship semi-final, 1pm Netwatch Cullen Park
- Saturday 26 November: Blacks and Whites v Commercials, Leinster club junior hurling championship semi-final, TBC
- Sunday 27 November: Ballyhale Shamrocks v Naas, Leinster club senior hurling championship semi-final, TBC Croke Park
- Sunday 27 November: St. Mullins v Kilmacud Crokes, Leinster club senior hurling championship semi-final, TBC Croke Park