Muskerry clubs have ex­celled on county stage in very sat­is­fac­tory sea­son

The Corkman - - SPORT -

MUSKERRY GAA en­thu­si­asts and all as­so­ci­ated with the di­vi­sion will be rea­son­ably happy with the pro­mo­tion of Gaelic games in its area dur­ing 2018, with most of their cham­pi­onships pro­duc­ing en­ter­tain­ing fare and more im­por­tantly they were fin­ished on time to ev­ery­body’s sat­is­fac­tion.

To date the achieve­ments of clubs from Muskerry in the county cham­pi­onship arena have been most praise­wor­thy with ti­tles be­ing cap­tured in ex­cit­ing fash­ion. Donough­more were the first to climb the win­ners rostrum when they gained an ex­cit­ing Un­der-21 (C) foot­ball county ti­tle and in more re­cent weeks we had an abun­dance of county ti­tles com­ing to Muskerry.

On Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 14 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh Ballincol­lig re­gained Premier In­ter­me­di­ate hurling sta­tus fol­low­ing their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the lower grade since 2014. Their fi­nal vic­tory over Black­rock was well mer­ited and they can face next sea­son’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in premier in­ter­me­di­ate hurling with a great de­gree of con­fi­dence.

On Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20 at Páirc Uí Rinn Clough­duv fi­nally put be­hind them­selves all the frus­tra­tions and heart­breaks that they suf­fered since 2002 in their de­sire to re­gain In­ter­me­di­ate sta­tus. They over­came the chal­lenge of east Cork cham­pi­ons Rus­sell Rovers and their dis­play in­di­cated that they will com­pete well in the higher grade of hurling.

On Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28 Muskerry foot­ball was very much cen­tre stage at Páirc Uí Chaoimh where Cill na Mar­tra faced Aghab­ul­logue in the In­ter­me­di­ate county fi­nal and the for­mer had a his­toric vic­tory.

It was un­for­tu­nate that their vic­tory was at the ex­pense of a fel­low Muskerry side. It was a par­tic­u­larly dis­ap­point­ing re­sult for Aghab­ul­logue con­sid­er­ing it was their sec­ond fi­nal de­feat in re­cent times. They are an en­thu­si­as­tic side, how­ever, and I am sure they will bounce back.

Last Satur­day at Páirc Uí Rinn the di­vi­sion came close to an­other county fi­nal vic­tory when the very tal­ented Kil­murry un­der 21 foot­ball side gave a great ac­count of them­selves against for­mi­da­ble Nemo Rangers. The sides fin­ished all square so hope­fully Kil­murry will suc­ceed in the re­play.

Re­turn­ing to the in­ter­nal Muskerry cham­pi­onship scene through­out the year most grades pro­duced some ex­cit­ing con­tests with the ju­nior foot­ball cham­pi­onship again be­ing the most ex­cit­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The supremacy of Clough­duv and the ex­pec­ta­tion of they cap­tur­ing an­other ti­tle re­duced the in­ter­est in the ju­nior hurling scene but a dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion will pre­vail in 2019.

Clough­duv’s de­served pro­mo­tion to in­ter­me­di­ate sta­tus will cre­ate greater in­ter­est in the ju­nior hurling sit­u­a­tion with ev­ery club feel­ing they have a chance of reach­ing the ul­ti­mate.

Happy with the con­clu­sion of their cham­pi­onships the Muskerry board are now en­deav­our­ing to bring their var­i­ous leagues to a con­clu­sion and last Satur­day Balli­nora’s com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory over Blar­ney gave them a ju­nior hurling league ti­tle.

The ju­nior (B) hurling league semi-fi­nal be­tween the third choice teams of Éire Óg and Ballincol­lig played at Ovens saw Éire Óg ad­vanc­ing to the fi­nal and they will play Aghab­ul­logue in same.

In the ju­nior (B) foot­ball league fi­nal Kil­murry will play Naomh Abán, but the for­mer must re­play their un­der 21 fi­nal and Clough­duv’s cur­rent par­tic­i­pa­tion in the un­der 21 hurling county cham­pi­onship will also ef­fect the grade (B) foot­ball date.

Kil­murry who have a very ex­cit­ing end to their sea­son must also find a date for their ju­nior foot­ball league semi-fi­nal en­counter. Ballincol­lig are in the fi­nal of same. One other league must be con­cluded and that is in ju­nior (C) foot­ball.

That fi­nal will see ju­nior (C) cham­pi­ons Gleann na Laoi hop­ing to make it a league/ cham­pi­onship dou­ble. They will play Mac­room in the fi­nal of same on Sun­day af­ter­noon next at Ballincol­lig.

FIX­TURE

SUN­DAY NOVEM­BER 11 Muskerry Ju­nior (C) Foot­ball League Fi­nal

Gleann na Laoi v Mac­room, Ballincol­lig 2pm

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