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Antrim v Westmeath is the highlight of the weekend

Antrim’s NHL Div 2A game with Westmeath at Corrigan Park on Sunday is the highlight of this weekend. Win it and Antrim are in a strong position to gain promotion. Lose it and our promotion chances are all but gone. When the sides met in the Kehoe Cup final last month the Midlanders won in a penalty shoot out but Antrim played well that day and looked winners all the way until a brilliant late point earned Westmeath a draw. Both teams may have changes this time around. The Leinster men held back a few of their players in Abbotstwon, though they were introuduced during the second half that day. Antrim may have a few of the Cushendall players available after their defeat last weekend and St Enda’s Joe Maskey should also be available, though whether any of them are in the frame of mind to play remains to be seen.

Another highlight of the weekend is the official opening of the Davitt’s new complex on Saturday which we all look forward to seeing for ourselves. This go ahead club has made great strides in recent years and with club facilities to rival the best in the county Saturday marks another major milestone on thier journey. 

Sunday sees the final of the Paddy McLarnon Under 21 Football tournament in Creggan where Down champions Carryduff take on their Tyrone counterparts Dromore in what promises to be a great final. This competition goes from strength and there should be a big crowd there on Sunday it watch the action.

Also on Saturday is the North Antrim Aerborne hurling at the Dunloy Academy with three different divsions taking part in a hectic day of hurling.

Sunday sees the finals of the The Central Restaurant Ballycastle North Antrim primary 3 & 4 (under 8) indoor hurling competition  at the Seven Towers Leisure Centre in Ballymena which promised to be another great day’s competition.

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For those who feel they are not in a position to avail of the Saffron Gael Friends offer we are also looking for sponsors for our match reports. With the new season under way we have been busy covering all Antrim hurling and football games to date, we have covered the St. Paul’s Ulster minor football tournament and will bring you coverage of all the games at the Creggan Kickham’s Bank of Ireland-Paddy McLarnon U21 football tournament which starts on the 13th January. We have also previewed these games and hope to continue as Antrim’s National football and hurling leagues get under way at the end of the month. Last season we carried reports and photographs of the majority of ACF League and ACH League games and covered every hurling and football championship game played in Antrim and followed the winners of those championships on their Ulster journey. With so many important games to be played in the season ahead we are gearing the adverts towards the participating clubs for the nominal fee of £50 a game, so for example if Cargin were playing Creggan in football or Dunloy were facing Loughgiel in the hurling there will be the opportunity for  businesses from each area to take an advert which will run with the match report.

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