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TO­DAY

Le­in­ster Club JHC fi­nal: Dun­na­m­ag­gin (Kilkenny) v Na Fianna (Meath), Nowlan Park (K Brady), 12pm.

Since this com­pe­ti­tion’s in­cep­tion in 2000, a Kilkenny club has won 13 of the 18 ti­tles. That record looks set to ex­tend here.

Ver­dict: Dun­na­m­ag­gin.

Le­in­ster Club IHC fi­nal Graigue Bal­ly­callan (Kilkenny) v Port­laoise (Laois), Nowlan Park (G Mc­grath, Wex­ford), 1.45pm. clubs are go­ing for seven-in-a-row in this com­pe­ti­tion. Cur­rent Kilkenny pan­el­list Billy Ryan and for­mer sharp­shooter Ed­die Bren­nan will keep the Port­laoise de­fence busy.

Ver­dict: Graigue Bal­ly­callan.

Ul­ster Club IFC fi­nal: Mul­la­ho­ran (Ca­van) v Naomh Éanna (Antrim), Ath­letic Grounds (D Mul­lan, Derry), 5pm.

Mul­la­ho­ran, who are led by Enda O’reilly and Kil­lian Brady, came through a free-tak­ing com­pe­ti­tion against Banagher of Derry in the provin­cial semi-fi­nal. An Antrim club has never won this com­pe­ti­tion.

Ver­dict: Mul­la­ho­ran

TO­MOR­ROW

Mun­ster Club JHC fi­nal: Bal­lina- meela (Water­ford) v Clough­duv (Cork), Mal­low (J Mullins, Clare), 1pm.

Four points is as close as any team has come of Clough­duv this year. Much will be ex­pected of U21 pair Brian Ver­ling and Eoghan Clif­ford - the lat­ter was a Cork U21 this year, while the for­mer soored 10 points in the county fi­nal. Jim Cur­ran, Tom Cur­ran and Bren­dan Phe­lan are key fig­ures in the Bal­li­nameela at­tack.

Ver­dict: Clough­duv

Mun­ster Club JFC fi­nal: Beau­fort (Kerry) v Drom­tar­riffe (Cork), Mal­low (D Gro­gan, Tip­per­ary), 3.30pm.

There have been only three oc­ca­sions, out of 17, where a Kerry club didn’t end up as Mun­ster junkilkenny ior foot­ball cham­pi­ons. Daniel O’ke­effe (2-9) and Evan Mur­phy (0-4) ac­counted for 2-13 of Drom­tar­riffe’s 2-16 semi-fi­nal tally. They’ll need a greater spread of play­ers on the score­sheet to­mor­row. Beau­fort have bagged 10 goals in their last two out­ings, tak­ing their Mun­ster quar­ter and semi-fi­nal games by mar­gins of 19 and 34 points.

Ver­dict: Beau­fort

Le­in­ster Club SHC fi­nal: Bally­bo­den St Enda’s (Dublin) v Bal­ly­hale Sham­rocks (Kilkenny), Net­watch Cullen Park (P Mur­phy, Car­low), 2pm.

Henry Sh­ef­flin’s Bal­ly­hale are bid­ding for a ninth Le­in­ster crown. The spine of their team, fea­tur­ing Joey Holden, Michael Fen­nelly, TJ Reid and Colin Fen­nelly, is in­cred­i­bly strong. The Mul­lens, Dar­ren and Adrian, along with Evan Sh­ef­flin, make sure the flanks are pow­er­ful too. No ques­tion but the Bal­ly­hale man­age­ment will have honed in on the threats posed by Paul Ryan and Col­lie Basquel, the pair ac­counted for 3-17 be­tween them last time out. That the Dublin cham­pi­ons are the more road-tested com­ing into this game may not be enough.

Ver­dict: Bal­ly­hale Sham­rocks.

Ul­ster Club SFC fi­nal Gaoth Dob­hair (Done­gal) v Scot­stown (Mon­aghan), Healy Park, Omagh (N Mooney, Ca­van), 2pm.

No Mon­aghan club has won the Sea­mus Mc­fer­ran Cup since 1991. Hav­ing won five of the last six Mon­aghan cham­pi­onships, it would be a stain on Scot­stown’s copy­book if this team doesn’t even­tu­ally win a provin­cial ti­tle. A for­ward unit, con­tain­ing Shane Carey, Conor Mc­carthy and Dar­ren Hughes, may have the edge on a Gaoth Dob­hair de­fence led by the Mcgees.

The Done­gal club’s mid­field part­ner­ship of Dáire Ó Baoill and Odhrán Mac­nial­lais were so in­flu­en­tial last time out; Ó Baoill helped him­self to a hat-trick, Mac­nial­lais kick­ing three points from play. If Kieran Hughes can as­sert him­self in this de­part­ment, it could be cru­cial to the out­come. Ver­dict: Scot­stown

— Eoghan Cormi­can

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