Intermediate hurlers start their campaigns tomorrow

Andersonstown Social Club Intermediate Hurling Championship

Tomorrow sees the start of the Intermediate Hurling Championship and while their counterparts in the Intermediate Football Champions could look forward to at least five games, that is not the case for the hurlers.

Four out of the nine clubs playing in the three groups of three are hurling only clubs, and for them the pressure will be intense. If they lose their two games in the group, chances are their summer is over. While some of the dual clubs can always fall back on getting a game or two of football that is not the case for Glenariffe Oisins, Carey Faughs, St Brigid’s Cloughmills and Armoy Glen Rovers.                  

In fact the same can be said for the two hurling only clubs at senior level Loughgiel and Cushendall. They play each other tomorrow so whoever loses that game have the trap door waiting for them. Now the chances are because of the group they are in they will be OK, but why their competition is not played on the same lines as the football championship is hard to figure out.

However that is a question for another day. Tomorrow throws up some really exciting games, and none more so than Creggan Kickhmas v Carey Faughs. The semi-final places will be made up of the winner in each group, plus the best runner-up from three groups, but with Sarsfields being the third team in their group it looks like it is going to be very tight and on the face of it you would say it is likely that just one will emerge from their division.

Unfortunately there has been little to judge the teams form on so far this season, with just one league game so far. No doubt Carey will have had a few friendlies organised, but with Creggan being heavily involved on the football front their preparation will have been a bit more hampered. Unfortunately that is one of the drawbacks of the terrible times we are living though. These two have had some great battles down the years and tomorrow promises to be another closely fought affair.

The game in group 2 is between two exclusively hurling clubs, Cloughmills and Armoy. Cloughmills have home advantage in this one and have two games under their belts in the league, the first one a big win over Glenarm in Feystown and the other a narrow defeat to Cushendun. Amoy played Creggan in their game back on July 22nd and while they lost out by five points they still put together a good performance. Tir na nÓg are the third team in the group and they travel to Armoy next Sunday.

In Group 3 Oisins make the journey to Ahoghill to take on Cloney Gaels and once again this one is hard to call. The Glenariffe men played one game in the league at the end of the lockdown when they lost out to Carey Faughs by a goal but Ahoghill’s scheduled match with St Gall’s fell by the wayside. These two have had a few bruising battles over the years and Cloney will be no place for the weak hearted on Sunday. Gort na Móna are the third team in this group and they journey down to Waterfoot next Sunday to take on the Oisins.

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