AIB Connacht Club IHC final. Tooreen (Mayo) v OranmoreMaree (Galway), Athleague 1.30pm.
Winners last year, Tooreen won’t have any fear of what Galway have to offer given they saw off Ballinderreen at this point 12 months ago.
That being said, Oranmore-maree will be giving them enough re-
AIB Connacht Club SFC final. Ballintubber (Mayo) v Corofin (Galway), Elverys Mchale Park, 2pm Live TG4.
If Ballintubber are looking for an angle here they might consider how much they are dismissed in quarters. They have been through the same turgid battles Corofin have endured to get to this final, they have beaten a Castlebar team that have given Corofin no end of hassle but in the build-up more parallels are being drawn with the 2014 final when Corofin ran out nine-point winners. Ballintubber are much wilier now and will fancy themselves to come out on top in the midfield exchanges. The fear though is that Corofin’s deep runners will wear down Ballintubber and the playmaking ability of Ian Burke, now that he has returned from injury, will expose gaps. Corofin’s blend of experience and speed may be crucial Verdict: Corofin.
AIB Leinster Club SFC semi-finals.
St Columba’s, Mullinalaghta (Longford) v Éire Óg (Carlow), Glennon Brothers Pearse Park 1.30pm. History in the form of possibly becoming the first ever Longford team to reach a senior Leinster club final shouldn’t stand in the way of St Columba’s given how they have dominated the county and given decent accounts of themselves in the province. They’ll be fuelled by that fine, battling victory over Rhode and Éire Óg might argue they are slightly fresher but they haven’t faced the same standard of opposition to this point.
Verdict: St Columba’s, Mullinalaghta.
Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) v Portlaoise (Laois), Parnell Park 2pm.
The long odds on Portlaoise seem extremely favourable when you consider not just their pedigree but that excellent win against Moorefield last day out. Kilmacud are motoring superbly and Paul Mannion is in the form of his life but they will need to be vigilant. Portlaoise have had plenty of scars from Dublin champions can use the anguish to their advantage. Crokes can progress but not with the ease some are anticipating.
Verdict: Kilmacud Crokes.
AIB Munster Club IFC final. Fermoy (Cork) v Kilcummin (Kerry), Mallow 1.30pm. Kilcummin may end being thankful for how Kilrush pushed them first day in the championship because they got little in the way of a challenge in their semi-final whereas Fermoy were made sweat a bit by Moyne-templetuohy. What’s appealing about Fermoy is that they have a range of scorers and that variety should keep Kilcummin guessing. Kilrush’s sweeper kept tabs on Kilcummin’s attack but in last weekend’s semi-final Kilmacthomas were completely over-run by those forwards and given any of the same space this weekend Noel Duggan and Gary O’leary will thrive. Kilcummin to squeak it. Verdict: Kilcummin.
Words: John Fogarty