Wednesday 18 July 2018

Focus turns to progressing Twohigs hurling league

Duhallow GAA

John Tarrant

The preliminary rounds to the divisional Junior A Football and hurling leagues are gathering momentum with a number of key games down for decision this weekend.

From the Ducon Cup, Boherbue, Dromtariffe, Cullen and Knocknagree are well positioned in their bids to reaching the semi-final stage with Kiskeam, Lyre, Castlemagner and Millstreet clustered close together in the bottom half of the table.

Currently, Boherbue are on 10 points (5 games played), Dromtariffe hold 8 points (4 games), Cullen (5 games) are on 7 points and Knocknagree (5 games) are posted with 6 points (5 games). Elsewhere Kiskeam (5 games) are listed with 2 points with Lyre (5), Castlemagner (3) and Millstreet (4) on one point.

The meeting of Dromtariffe and Castlemagner will throw light further on matters. Dromtariffe look assured of a semi final position, Castlemagner have a few games to pick up yet they will need to start winning if they are to create an impression. However, injuries and exams will limit Castlemagner thus Dromtarriffe are fancied to join Boherbue at the top of the table.

From the Twohigs Supervalu Kanturk Credit Union JAHL, progress has been halted on a regular basis by inclement weather. Newmarket began in a whirlwind fashion recording three wins only for their run to be knocked off course following a defeat to seasonal debutants Kilbrin earlier this week.

Elsewhere, Dromtariffe are the only other combination to avail of a win, they were due to play Castlemagner on Wednesday evening.

Some key games over the coming days, one of the top attractions is the meeting of Dromtariffe and JAHC holders Banteer on this Friday evening. Dromtariffe's schedule collected a previous win over Freemount and they will be sharper given a planned outing against Castlemagner.

Banteer return to action at domestic level for the first time since landing a divisional JAHC title last autumn. Football duties have taken up much of Banteer's time in recent weeks and that may hand the initiative to Dromtariffe.

Millstreet entertain Castlemagner, not too much between the pair, a win for either would rouse their confidence levels. A good return will give Millstreet encouragement ahead of a difficult task away to Kilbrin on Sunday, the latter surely buoyed by a home win against Newmarket.

With a County JBFC contest thrown in for good measure, its a heavy schedule for Kilbrin and it adds up to an interesting tussle.

Banteer and Freemount figure in a key tussle, Banteer's second outing in three days may well define their early season form. For Freemount, nothing more a win is required after two defeats to Dromtariffe and Newmarket.