Ou­lart lead the way

Group stages draw to a con­clu­sion

New Ross Standard - - SPORT -

THE GROUP stages of the New Ross Stan­dard Un­der-13 hurl­ing cham­pi­onship ended last week af­ter the fi­nal round of games were com­pleted with plenty of thrills and spills.

It was go­ing to take a big ef­fort for one of the sides not oc­cu­py­ing a top four spot in Di­vi­sion 1 to force their way into the semi-fi­nals, and in the end the sta­tus quo re­mained.

Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh were al­ready as­sured of a place in the last four but they didn’t take their foot off the gas when they faced Naomh Eanna, win­ning by 2-13 to 1-6 to fin­ish top of the ta­ble.

Be­hind the pace-set­ters, Buf­fers Al­ley, St. Martin’s and St. Anne’s all won to ad­vance on the same num­ber of points from their seven games.

Glynn-Barn­town put up a gal­lant ef­fort against St. Martin’s, scor­ing 5-1 in a five-point de­feat. They will lead the Di­vi­sion 1 teams drop­ping into the Di­vi­sion 2 cham­pi­onship and they will be joined by Gorey, Oyle­gate-Glenbrien and Black­wa­ter.

Rathnure topped the Di­vi­sion 2 ta­ble with a per­fect record and will take on Black­wa­ter in the quar­ters, while HWH-Bun­clody lost only to the Black­stairs boys and they will meet Oyle­gate-Glenbrien in the knock­outs.

Shel­maliers are though af­ter de­feat­ing Bal­li­nas­tragh Gaels, and Duf­fry Rovers will join them as they came out on top of a win­ner-take­sall con­test with Faythe Har­ri­ers.

Drop­ping into the Di­vi­sion 3 cham­pi­onship will be the Har­ri­ers, Bal­li­nas­tragh Gaels, Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown and Rapparees.

The Belle­field side will face-off against high-fly­ing Ban­now-Bal­lymitty in the quar­ters. St. James’ also ad­vanced with a win against Clough­bawn while Ferns St. Ai­dan’s, Askamore and David­stown-Court­nacuddy are all dead­locked for the fi­nal two spots.

One of those will drop into Di­vi­sion 4, and they will be joined by Clough­bawn, Fethard and Horeswood.

On the other hand, soar­ing high out of that group are Liam Mellows, the round robin win­ners, as well as St. Mary’s (Ross­lare) and Mon­ageer-Boolavogue. One of Cross­abeg-Bal­ly­murn and Bal­ly­hogue will also make those quar­ters.

Mar­shal­stown-Cas­tle­dock­rell, Kilmore and Gusser­ane go back into the Di­vi­sion 5 quar­ter-fi­nals.

Bal­ly­gar­rett and Craan­ford had al­ready booked their spots in those last eight clashes, as had the 13-a-side rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Clongeen, who, along with their fel­low group-mates, will have to play with 15 in the knock­outs.

Noth­ing is cer­tain in the En­nis­cor­thy Guardian Un­der-15 hurl­ing Premier cham­pi­onship with one round to go.

Naomh Eanna hold top spot in the ta­ble, de­spite los­ing to Fethard last week, and they will book an au­to­matic semi-fi­nal place with a vic­tory over Rapparees on Thurs­day.

The bat­tle is on for the other spot, with Buf­fers Al­ley and Glynn-Barn­town hold­ing the aces at present, but Fethard could sneak in there if they win in Kil­lurin this week and they get the right re­sult in the con­test be­tween the other two con­tenders a cou­ple of days later.

All of those are as­sured of at least a quar­ter-fi­nal spot, and the rest are bat­tling it out for two fi­nal places.

Faythe Har­ri­ers and St. Martin’s meet in Páirc Char­man, and if the hosts can avoid a de­feat they will take one of those spots, while HWH-Bun­clody would then likely take the other.

In Roinn 1A, David­stown-Court­nacuddy, Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh, Black­wa­ter and Mon­ageer-Boolavogue have all been qual­i­fied and play­ing for po­si­tion for the last cou­ple of weeks, and that will con­tinue this week when the round-robin comes to an end.

There is a lit­tle meat left on the bone in Roinn 1B where Shel­maliers and Rathnure are both safely into the knock­outs.

Horeswood will join them if they avoid de­feat against Adamstown, while ei­ther St. Anne’s or Oyle­gate-Glenbrien are likely to take the fi­nal spot, de­spite pres­sure from be­hind.

Bal­ly­hogue are into the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Roinn 2 Cup af­ter fly­ing though the group stages, and three of Mar­shal­stown-Cas­tle­dock­rell, Liam Mellows, Bal­ly­gar­rett and Bal­li­nas­tragh Gaels will join them in the next few days.

Clúain O’Rahilly’s and Tagh­mon-Cam­ross are safely into the last eight in Roinn 2B. Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown will join them with vic­tory against St. Mary’s (Ross­lare) on Thurs­day, but the Tagoat boys could nab a spot with a win.

Clough­bawn are also in the mix and should beat Geral­dine O’Han­ra­hans to keep their bid alive.

The group stages of the Wex­ford Peo­ple Mi­nor foot­ball Premier cham­pi­onship are now only slated to fin­ish on Septem­ber 3, the date in the mas­ter fix­ture plan for the hurl­ing semi-fi­nals.

Shel­maliers and Na Piar­saigh will both be in the last four af­ter win­ning last week.

Mean­while, Starlights, St. Martin’s and Vol­un­teers will be in the quar­ters, with Naomh Eanna set to join them.

In Roinn 1A, St. Joseph’s are now top of the ta­ble af­ter a crack­ing win against Sars­fields. How­ever, they are not as­sured of a quar­ter-fi­nal spot just yet with five other sides within two points.

Black­wa­ter, Glynn-Barn­town and Bal­ly­hogue are all through from Group B.

Fi­nally, Mon­ageer-Boolavogue, Buf­fers Al­ley, Réalt na Mara and Hol­low Rovers have all ad­vanced from Roinn 2A.

Kil­ross Gaels, Moguegeen Gaels and Ban­now-Bal­lymitty are the top three in Group B, with Oyle­gate-Glenbrien and Adamstown in be­hind in the race for quar­ter-fi­nal slots.

The Horeswood crew be­fore their de­feat to St. Martin’s in the Wex­ford Peo­ple Mi­nor foot­ball cham­pi­onship last week.

Joe O’Sul­li­van of Horeswood is chased by David Cantwell (St. Martin’s) in their Wex­ford Peo­ple Mi­nor foot­ball Premier cham­pi­onship clash in Pierces­town last week.

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