Cork cham­pi­onship pre­views

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Cork SHC Round 3 Sars­fields v Car­rigt­wohill, Bal­ly­noe (C Mcal- lis­ter), 7.30pm.

Car­rigt­wohill can’t show the same de­pen­dency on Liam Gos­nell as they did when go­ing down to Black­rock in the open­ing round. Gos­nell, who was part of the Mi­dle­ton CBS team which reached the Harty Cup fi­nal ear­lier this year, ac­counted for 0-11 of their 1-12 tally against the Rock­ies. Hard to en­vis­age the Car­rigt­wohill de­fence be­ing able to keep a lid on Daniel Kear­ney, Tadhg Óg Mur­phy, Aaron My­ers, Liam Healy, and Jack O’con­nor.

Ver­dict: Sars­fields

Premier IHC Round 2 Blar­ney v Water­grasshill, Mourne­abbey (D Far­rell Jnr), 7.30pm.

These two teams met in the open­ing round in 2017, with Blar­ney scor­ing a 1-11 to 0-9 vic­tory. Out- side of last year’s rel­e­ga­tion play­offs, Water­grasshill’s last cham­pi­onship win came at Blar­ney’s ex­pense in May of 2016.

Ver­dict: Blar­ney

Car­ri­ga­line v In­nis­carra, Ovens (B Mur­phy), 7.30pm. Car­ri­ga­line only man­aged four points from play dur­ing their firstround de­feat to Fer­moy. That re­turn will need to be im­proved upon this even­ing. In­nis­carra are chas­ing a first cham­pi­onship win since 2016. They en­ter the tie off the back of a com­pre­hen­sive Divi­sion Two league win over Dun­gour­ney the Satur­day be­fore last.

Ver­dict: Car­ri­ga­line

IHC Round 4 Black­rock v Dun­gour­ney, Fer­moy (C O’re­gan), 8pm.

Dun­gour­ney are bid­ding to reach the quar­ter-fi­nal stages for the sec­ond time in three years. Black­rock have re­cov­ered well since los­ing their open­ing game to Mi­dle­ton. Michael O’hal­lo­ran and Cathal Cor­mack, hav­ing not played with the se­niors this sum­mer, are once again el­i­gi­ble to line out for the club’s sec­ond team.

Ver­dict: Dun­gour­ney.

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