The Saffron Gael

Club hurlers back in action

Club hurling is back this week and while there are only a couple of Division 1 games being played tonight and Sunday the teams in the lower division are flat out.                    In Division 1 table toppers Dunloy host Ballygalget while third placed Cushendall travel to Corrigan Park to take on St Johns.

Division 2 leaders Ballycastle travel to Cloughmills this evening to take on the Biddies, St Enda’s host a Glenariffe side badly in need of a win, Glen Rovers, another side in need of points, host Tir na nÓg in Armoy while there is a tasty local derby in Belfast as Sarsfields welcome St Gall’s to the Bear Pit.

Five games are down for decisision in Division 3, the big one here being Creggan v Carey in Creggan. The Faughs are four points adrift of joint leaders Cloney Gaels and Creggan and a defeat tonight would put a serious dent in their chances of gaining promoition back to Division 2. Cloney Gaels are up in Turf Lodge to take on Gort na Mona, Rasharkin host Emmet’s Cushendun, St Paul’s travel to Carryduff while Glenarm have home advantage over Lamh Dhearg in a game that could have a major bearing on who drops down to Division 4 at the end of the season.

In Division 4 Con Magees take on All Saints at Fr Maginn Park, St Agnes take on Naomh Colum Cille while Loch Mór Dál gCais, who gained their first point of the season on Saturday against the Aggies, travel to Falls Park where they take on Davitt’s

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