Wednesday 26 October 2016

Weekend focus

Published 23/01/2016 | 02:30

Derry manager Damian Barton Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick / SPORTSFILE
Derry manager Damian Barton Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick / SPORTSFILE

Familiarity to breed contempt - or phoney war?

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Derry and Tyrone meet for the third time this season when they clash in the McKenna Cup final in Armagh's Athletic Grounds tomorrow afternoon.

Already this term, the teams have met in the group stages of this competition and in the O'Fiaich Cup, and they will renew rivalries this weekend.

Tyrone have won both meetings so far but there was controversy in the last meeting, with Derry unhappy when Emmet McGuckin was sent off for a second yellow card.

The sides will meet at least twice more this season. They will clash in the League in Omagh in March before they square off in the Ulster Championship on May 22.

Will familiarity breed contempt or will both Damian Barton and Mickey Harte be holding something back for the Celtic Park showdown in the summer?

Lidl put money where mouth is after lady ball furore

A week ago, the 'launch' of the Lady Ball caused much stir, and when Lidl revealed they were behind the idea, there was a mixed reaction.

The German retailer have since insisted the move was designed to place a greater focus on women in sport and they have kept up their end of the bargain by announcing a three-year deal which will see Lidl invest over €1.5m in Ladies Gaelic Football in year one of a three-year deal.

Lights, camera, action

It will be another action-packed spring with Setanta announcing this week that they will show 17 National Hurling and Football League games live on their two channels.

Eleven football and six hurling matches will be shown by the broadcaster to keep GAA fans occupied. TG4 will also beam regular action from across the club and county scene, including league matches on Sundays.

They will also broadcast the finals of the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cup finals.

Number of the week

141 Episodes of 'Laochra Gael' produced to date by TG4, and that number will grow after an announcement during the week that the series will continue. This time around the likes of JJ Delaney, Eoin Kelly, Trevor Giles and Declan O'Sullivan will get the full 'Laochra' treatment. Schedule details will be released at a later date.



McKenna Cup final

Derry v Tyrone, Athletic Grounds, 7.30

Munster SHL final

Limerick v Clare, Gaelic Grounds, 7.30

Munster SHL round 5

Kerry v Waterford, Fitzgerald Stadium, 2.0

AIB All-Ireland club IHC semi-final

Bennettsbridge (Kilkenny) v Wolfe Tones (Clare), Banagher, 2.0


Connacht SFL final

Galway v Roscommon, Tuam Stadium, 2.0

Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup final

Meath v Longford, Pairc Tailteann, 2.30

Walsh Cup semi-finals

Dublin v Galway, Parnell, Park, 2.0

Wexford v Offaly, New Ross, 2.0

Kehoe Cup round 2

Longford v Trinity College, Glennon Bros Pearse Park, 2.0

Kildare v St Pats/Mater Dei, Newbridge, 2.0

Wicklow v Louth, Arklow, 2.0

Fingal v Maynooth University, Maynooth, 2.0

All-Ireland club IFC semi-finals

Hollymount Carramore (Mayo) v Loughinisland (Down), Breffni Park, 2.0

Ratoath (Meath) v St Mary's (Kerry), Gaelic Grounds, 2.0

All-Ireland club JFC semi-finals

Ardnaree (Mayo) v Rockcorry (Monaghan), Carrick-on-Shannon, 2.0

Curraha (Meath) v Templenoe (Kerry), Killmallock, 2.0

All-Ireland club IHC semi-final

Abbeyknockmoy (Galway) v Creggan (Antrim), Pairc Tailteann, 1.0

All-Ireland club JHC semi-finals

Sylane (Galway) v Eoghan Rua (Derry), Ballyshannon, 2.0

Glenmore (Kilkenny) v Dungourney (Cork), Carriganore, 2.0

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