Hurling takes centre stage again on Wednesday evening with a fairly extensive programme in all three divisions
In Division 1 top of the table Dunloy are at home to Rossa and on paper will start strong favourites to continue their unbeaten run, Ruairi Og, who are in second spot host second from bottom Ballycastle and that one also looks a forgone conclusion, though both McQuillans and Rossa will be fighting for their lives to upset the odds as they bid to hold onto their Division 1 status. Loughgiel are another side who start as red hot favourites when they host bottom of the table Cloughmills.
In Division 2 Tir na nOg host St John’s at Whitehill in what promises to be an interesting contest. The Johnnies with start favourites in this one having comprehensively beaten the Randalstown side by 17 points in the reverse fixture at Corrigan Park back in April. However Tir na nOg have turned their fortunes around in recent weeks and should prove much more formidable opposition for the Belfast side this time around.
Third placed Glenariffe welcome Cloney Gaels to Waterfoot for their vital game. The Oisins can’t afford any more slip-ups if they are to retain hopes of promotion but their meetings with the Ahoghill men have always been competitive and fiercely contested so it will be far from straightforward.
St Gall’s are at home to Carey Faughs in a game that is hard to call. Both teams are level on six points apiece with three wins out of eight and home advantage may well be the telling factor in this one. Bottom of the table Armoy and table toppers Portaferry played their fixture on Sunday past with the Down men maintaining their winning run
DIV 3 & 4
In Div 3&4 (who, pray tell me, thought that one up) fourteen of the seventeen teams are in action. The big game would appear to be Creggan v Sarsfields at Creggan and though it is hard to paint a clear picture of the league standings because of the great disparity in the number of games played overall, Sarsfields look well set to gain promotion. The Paddies and Creggan have actually played six games each and with the Belfast men holding a five point lead over the rivals in the league table they should start as favourites. However Creggan have shown a welcome return to form in recent games and they will be hoping to lay down a marker in this one.
Cushendun travel to Bredagh and though the Emmets are ten places above the Down men in the league table this will not be an easy fixture. Another team with a long journey ahead of them is Na Magha as the Derry city men head to Feystown to play Glenarm. The Shane O’Neill’s men had a great win against table toppers Carryduff last week and must start favourites but as Cushendun found out last week Na Magha will not part with the points softly.
St Enda’s look nailed on to beat Naomh Colum Cille at Hightown, as do Rasharkin against Loch Mór Dál gCais but there are two Belfast derbies which are much harder to call. In the first of these Junior county champions Lamh Dhearg take on St Teresa’s and with just a point separating the two sides it should be close as indeed with the other derby between St Paul’s and Gort na Mona who sit on eight points each in the league table.