AIB All-ireland quarter-final.
Kilburn Gaels (London) v Kanturk (Cork), Mcgovern Park, Ruislip 1.30pm (J. O’brien, Tipperary).
For all their talent, Kanturk must be so careful here – trips like these have been one of the reasons why a Munster team has not made the final since Ballymartle claimed the top honour in 2011. It’s a step into the unknown for the north Cork outfit but once they keep to what they’ve been doing best and a semi-final berth is theirs.
Verdict: Kanturk. club IHC
AIB Leinster club IHC final. St Patrick’s, Ballyragget (Kilkenny) v Glenealy (Wicklow), Nowlan Park 2pm (S. Stack. Dublin). St Patrick’s have made headlines for the wrong reasons in recent times but they should have another reason to celebrate following this clash as much as Leighton Glynn will have to be minded.
Verdict: St Patrick’s Ballyragget.
All-ireland Ladies club JFC final. Corduff (Monaghan) v Aghada (Cork), Crettyard, 2pm.
Aghada fly the flag first for Cork today as clubs from the Rebel County bid for an All-ireland clean sweep across the junior, intermediate and senior grades, a feat last achieved in 2003. But Aghada, captained by county player Emma Farmer, will get nothing easy from a Corduff side led by Monaghan’s Laura Mcenaney. Aghada, who won county and provincial titles for the first time this year, defeated Galway’s Tuam-cortoon in the Allireland semi-final. Róisín Phelan and Hannah Looney are other key players for Aghada, while Elena Mcenaney was the star for Corduff in the Ulster final, before notching 1-3 against Dublin outfit Cuala last time out. Eva Woods and Barbara Ward are other dangerous forwards in the Corduff ranks. This one could go right down to the wire.
TOMORROW. Waterford SFC final. Stradbally v The Nire, Fraher Field 2pm (A. Fitzgerald).
At last. This is so long delayed that even the Munster final was played before it. All the same, there are some intriguing battles in store here and Stradbally, winners in 2015, will be keen to stop The Nire emulating their back-to-back achievement of 2009 and ’10. Both came through some tough scrapes in the semi-finals while The Nire have the scalp of Ballinacourty. The defending champions can sneak it but don’t rule out a replay.
Verdict: The Nire.
Galway SHC final.
Gort v Liam Mellows, Pearse Stadium 2pm (C. Browne).
The likes of David Collins and Aonghus Callanan may have thought this day would never come for Liam Mellows but it’s essential that their experience rubs off on their younger colleagues. Gort, winners in 2011 and ’14, have the knack and the craft to deal with most of what the Galway city side throw at them but then Liam Mellows have looked the part from almost the word ‘go’ this season. They showed their steel in the quarter-final to force a replay and the tight battles they’ve been in should serve them well. All the same, Gort have the know-how to capture the title.
AIB Leinster club SHC final. Cuala (Dublin) v Kilcormac-killoughey (Offaly), O’moore Park 2pm (S. Cleere, Kilkenny).
It might have been expected that Cuala would cool their jets after such a fantastic 2016-17 season but they have found their feet again and look a more relaxed, assured side since seeing off Kilmacud Crokes narrowly in the county final. Kilcormac-killoughey have wily enough operators to make sure Cuala don’t have things too easy but the strength of the Dublin side’s half-back line and the presence of some superb forwards can guide them to a second successive provincial title.
AIB Munster club JHC final. Ardmore (Waterford) v Ballybacon-grange (Tipperary), Mallow 1.30pm (N. Wall, Cork).
Given that both teams have enjoyed emphatic wins on their way to this day, it’s difficult to gauge form although the sheer will of the Prendergast brothers will take some defeating even if the Tipperary men are led by no other than Brendan Cummins.
AIB Munster club JFC final. Dromid Pearses (Kerry) v Knocknagree (Cork), Mallow 3.15pm (A. Kissane, Waterford).
Those anticipating yet another Kerry junior success may be proven wrong here as this Knocknagree side have steamrolled their way to the final. That extra game on Dromid Pearses might just stand to them too but then Declan O’sullivan and company will have gleaned a lot from being pushed by Galtee Gaels. Knocknagree by the minimum.
All-ireland Ladies IFC club final. Dunboyne (Meath) v Kinsale (Cork) – Parnell Park, Donnycarney, 1.45pm.
2016 All-star Orla Finn is Kinsale’s marquee forward but she has Allireland minor winner Sadhbh O’leary in close support, while and Faye Ahern and Jenny Murphy have been contributing.kinsale survived a late fightback from Galway opponents Moycullen to book a final spot, scoring 18 points in the process. Opponents Dunboyne hit 3-18 in an impressive semi-final win over Latton - with eight players on target including underage graduate Vikki Wall.
Verdict: Kinsale. All-ireland Ladies SFC club final.
Carnacon (Mayo) v Mourneabbey (Cork) - Parnell Park, Donnycarney, 3.45pm (TG4 live). Five-time winners Carnacon face a Mourneabbey chasing their first senior All-ireland title. Winners of the last four Munster senior crowns, they were beaten All-ireland finalists in 2014 and 2015, before falling to eventual winners Donaghmoyne at the semi-final stage last year. The O’sullivan sisters, Ciara and Doireann have shone in attack in this impressive campaign. Bríd O’sullivan (no relation) will captain the team against a Carnacon outfit led by 11-time All-star Cora Staunton, who heads to Australia on Tuesday to link up with the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the Women’s AFL. Staunton would love nothing more than to jet off with another All-ireland club medal in her back pocket, and she’ll have Mayo team-mate Fiona Mchale powering the charge from midfield.
Words: John Fogarty