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First Round Of North Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship Next Weekend

Thursday, 4 May 2017

NEXT weekend the first round of the Hibernian Inn North Tipperary senior Hurling championship will be played. It's a straight knockout and extra time will be used in the event of a draw.

For ten teams its a must win as Portroe, Burgess, Borris-Ileigh, Nenagh Eire Og, Ballina, Silvermines, Roscrea, Borrisokane and Lorrha lost last weekend - that's if things don't work out in the Dan Breen.

 

Saturday 6th May

Toomevara v Silvermines in Templederry, throw in 7.00p.m.

Silvermines are a case in point and will not want to repeat their first half performance of last Sunday's clash with Templederry last Sunday when they squandered chance after chance. Another derby game for Mines who gained promotion to senior level in 2013. The last meeting with Toomevara resulted in a 3-14 to 2-10 win over their neighbours. Past results don't interest Toomevara who will enter this game as slight favourites as their win over Roscrea will be a boost.

 

Sunday 7th May

Kilruane MacDonagh v Borrisokane in Puckane, throw in 12:00 noon

Another local derby with Kilruane MacDonaghs odds on to win. They produced the performance of the week last Sunday when defeating Nenagh Eire Og and with Borrisokane suffering from a long list of injuries there will be no surprise.

 

Templederry v Lorrha-Dorrha in Nenagh, throw in 2:00p.m.

For two teams that spent a lifetime in different grades, Lorrha at Senior and Templederry at Intermediate level, they have met six times in the last eleven years. Two of them were in the North Intermediate hurling championship which went Lorrha's way. However things changed at senior level as Templederry won in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Templederry won easily 1-21 to 0-13.

Templederry should get the nod here but Lorrha are most dangerous when their backs are to the wall. This could be the surprise of the weekend.

 

Burgess v Portroe in Nenagh 3.30p.m.

The third local derby of the weekend and we look back to 2015 when they last met which resulted in a 2-16 to 0-18 win for Portroe.

Both sides need a win so badly but Burgess are favourites as Portroe have lost a lot of players owing to injury and emigration.

 

Kiladangan v Newport in Dolla, throw in 7:00p.m.

Not since 2002 did the teams meet in championship. Kiladangan beat Newport in the North Intermediate final that year by 2-13 to 0-2 but the tables were turned in the county final a month later when Newport were crowned county champions.

It's fourteen years later and Newport are county intermediate champions again and they take on the North champions in their first round. This could be the game of the weekend. Newport began senior championship with a big win over Ballingarry last weekend so they wont fear the North champions. Kiladangan are in a good position at the moment having defeated Borris-Ileigh last weekend but injury problems are on the increase with James Quigley and Jack Loughnane unavailable. Yet they have enough in reserve to gain victory.

 

Nenagh Éire Óg v Ballina, Venue and throw in TBC.

Last met in the county senior hurling championship 2015 when Nenagh Eire Og won with ease by 1-30 to 0-7. The margin wont be as big this time round as Nenagh appear to be slipping while Ballina are on the rise. Nenagh may just get there though.

 

P.S. Both Roscrea and Borris-Ileigh have byes to the quarter finals.

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