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And then there were four

Thursday, 15 June 2017

FOURTEEN teams stood on the starting line in the North Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship and that number was whittled down to four after the four quarter finals were played last weekend which resulted in the champions Kiladangan overcoming Kilruane MacDonaghs in a repeat of last year's North final. Kiladangan were joined by Nenagh Eire Og who beat Roscrea, Templederry who beat Burgess and Borris-Ileigh who conquered Toomevara.
The champions have in fact reached their ninth semi final in twelve years and their third appearance in the last three years. Similarly Borris-Ileigh reached their ninth in twelve years while returning to the last four for the first time in three years. Meanwhile Nenagh Eire Og reached their sixth semi final appearance and first since 2014 while Templederry return for the first time in two years and their third in seven years.
The draw and the dates for the semi finals are not known yet. Meanwhile the other ten teams will play a wait and see game in both the Dan Breen and Seamus O'Riain Cup. Kilruane MacDonaghs, Ballina and Burgess have hopes in the Dan Breen while Portroe will be hoping to avoid relegation battle which could lead to Seamus O'Riain involvement in 2018.
Other than that Toomevara, Roscrea, Newport, Lorrha, Silvermines and Borrisokane have chances of reaching the knockout stages of the Seamus O'Riain. There is a lot of hurling to be played yet.
(See page 74 for four quarter final report).

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