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Tipperary v Waterford, Thurles, 7.0, C Lyons (Cork)

*LIVE Setanta Sports 1

Tipp have looked in strong early season form as underlined by their hammering of Clare in the Waterford Crystal final, with Denis Maher in good form as he hit 2-2.

Deise manager Derek McGrath handed Barry Coghlan his league debut when he named his side almost a week before throw in, but Tipp can get off to a winner here.

Last year: Waterford 1-14 Tipperary 0-16

Odds: Tipperary 4/11 Waterford 5/2 Draw 10/1

Verdict: Tipperary

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE

DIVISION 1B

Cork v Limerick, 7.0, Pairc Ui Rinn, J Owens (Wexford)

*LIVE Setanta Ireland

Limerick are weakened by the absence of the Na Piarsaigh contingent, who have been given time off after their club run came to an end, while Seamus Hickey and Declan Hannon are injured.

Aidan Walsh is likely to see action at some stage as he begins his dual career for the Rebels for a game that could go a long way towards deciding who gets promoted from Division 1B, but Cork are likely to edge this.

Last year: Did not meet

Odds: Cork 4/9 Limerick 2/1 Draw 10/1

Verdict: Cork

ALL-IRELAND CLUB SFC

SEMI-FINALS

(extra-time if necessary)

Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo) v Dr Crokes (Kerry), Portlaoise, 3.0,

C Reilly (Meath) *live TG4

Eoin Brosnan insisted this week that the quest to become All-Ireland club champions isn't an obsession for the Kerry men, but after winning their third Munster title on the bounce, they'll know there won't be too many more chances.

Their threats are obvious, with Colm Cooper well supported by the likes of Brian Looney, but they face a Castlebar side who have lost just one competitive game since the start of the 2013 season, in the process seeing off All-Ireland champions St Brigid's and a fancied Corofin side.

Coping with the break between the provincial and All-Ireland championships is a challenge and Crokes' greater experience in this regard can get them into another final.

Odds: Castlebar 5/2 Dr Crokes 2/5 Draw 15/2

Verdict: Dr Crokes

St Vincent's (Dublin) v Ballinderry (Derry), Newry, 5.0, Marty Duffy (Sligo) *live TG4

There'd be something fitting about St Vincent's winning the All-Ireland club title after the passing of Kevin Heffernan and they have a core of experienced players who were part of the 2008 team that was successful on St Patrick's Day.

Tomas Quinn has been exceptional in this run and along with Diarmuid Connolly, Ger Brennan and Eamonn Fennell they help form a formidable spine but they are without the injured Ruairi Trainor.

Ballinderry's Daniel McKinless is a doubt for the Ulster men, while Daniel Bateson and Ryan Scott are also concerns. Dublin clubs have a good recent record in this competition and St Vincent's can continue this trend.

Odds: St Vincent's 8/11 Ballinderry 11/8 Draw 15/2

Verdict: St Vincent's

ALL-IRELAND CLUB JHC FINAL REPLAY

(extra-time if necessary)

Ballysaggart (Waterford) v Creggan Kickhams (Antrim), Mullingar, 2.0, J Keenan (Wicklow)

Two sides who produced a cracking final in Croke Park last weekend with Creggan showing remarkable resolve to recover from nine points down. Brothers Shane and Stephen Bennett hit 5-7 between them in that game and they can power the Waterford men to success.

Odds: Ballysaggart 8/13 Creggan 6/4 Draw 9/1

Verdict: Ballysaggart

(2.0 unless stated)

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE

DIVISION 1A

Galway v Dublin, Pearse Stadium, J Ryan (Tipperary) *TG4 deferred

Darragh Burke got his suspension halved, but he still misses Galway's league opener along with the Portumna contingent. Many of Galway's players saw action when Connacht beat Munster in the Inter-provincial semi-final, while Dublin are without Paul Schutte and Joey Boland.

Former All Star Alan McCrabbe played against Offaly in a challenge game recently and could see action.

Last year: Did not meet

Odds: Galway 10/11 Dublin 11/10 Draw 17/2

Verdict: Galway

Clare v Kilkenny, Ennis,

B Gavin (Offaly) *LIVE TG4

Both Davy Fitzgerald and Brian Cody have been playing down their side's chances this week, but Kilkenny have been in good early season form, fielding a stronger side in the Walsh Cup than in previous years.

There was only a point between the sides in last year's game, but while the Cats went on to win the league, Clare avoided relegation by beating Cork in a play-off.

Last year: Kilkenny 3-10 Clare 1-15

Odds: Clare 6/4 Kilkenny 8/13 Draw 10/1. Verdict: Kilkenny

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE

DIVISION 1B

Antrim v Wexford, Ballycastle, J McGrath (Westmeath)

The move to Ballycastle in the heartland on Antrim should ensure plenty of support for the home side, but it remains to be seen if they can build on reaching last year's U-21 All-Ireland final. Wexford travel without Garrett Sinnott, Podge Doran, Conor McDonald, David Redmond, Eoin Moore and Tomas Waters but they have the depth to win here.

Last year: Round 3 Wexford 2-21 Antrim 1-12

Odds: Antrim 10/3 Wexford 1/4 Draw 11/1. Verdict: Wexford

Offaly v Laois, Tullamore,

B Kelly (Westmeath)

Newly promoted Laois could find the going in Division 1B tough without the likes of Zane Keenan and Cahir Healy, while Willie Hyland is injured. Offaly are without David Kenny, Shane Dooley and Ciaran Slevin, but Brian Whelahan's men should have enough.

Odds: Offaly 1/12 Laois 7/1 Draw 14/1

Verdict: Offaly

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE

DIVISION 2A

Derry v Kerry, Owenbeg, 1.30,

G Duffy (Antrim)

Former Tipp All-Ireland winner John O'Keeffe is the latest Premier hurler to throw his lot in with Kerry and they can get off to a winning start here.

Last year: Kerry 1-13 Derry 1-12

Verdict: Kerry

Kildare v Carlow, Newbridge, J Heffernan (Wexford)

Relegated last year, Carlow should have too much for a Kildare side beaten by Meath in the Kehoe Cup final last time out.

Last year: Did not meet

Verdict: Carlow

London v Westmeath, Ruislip, 2.30, A Stapleton (Laois)

Promoted London are without scorer-in-chief Martin Finn who has retired.

Last year: Did not meet

Verdict: Westmeath

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE

DIVISION 2B

Mayo v Fingal, Castlebar, J Keane (Galway)

Kehoe Shield winners Mayo to prevail.

Last year: Did not meet

Verdict: Mayo

Wicklow v Meath, Arklow,

G McGrath (Dublin)

Meath to build on their Kehoe Cup success after narrowly missing out on league honours last year.

Last year: Did not meet

Verdict: Meath

Armagh v Down, Athletic Grounds, P O'Dwyer (Carlow)

John Lennon's Armagh side can gain some measure of revenge for the footballer's defeat to the same opposition.

Last year: Down 4-13 Armagh 0-15

Verdict: Armagh

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE

DIVISION 3A

Donegal v Fermanagh, Ballyshannon, B Sweeney (Cavan)

Last year: Donegal 4-15 Fermanagh 1-19. Verdict: Donegal

Monaghan v Longford, Inniskeen,

J Clarke (Cavan)

Last year: Did not meet

Verdict: Monaghan

Louth v Roscommon, Darver,

F Smith (Meath)

Last year: Did not meet

Verdict: Roscommon

INTER-PROVINCIAL FOOTBALL SEMI-FINALS

(Extra-time if necessary)

Leinster v Ulster, Navan, E O'Grady (Leitrim)

Luke Dempsey is joined by Graham Geraghty and Ciaran McManus in the Leinster management team, with Meath boasting seven representatives on the squad. Ulster are usually well prepared for this competition and seven counties are represented on Joe Kernan's panel.

Verdict: Ulster

Connacht v Munster, Tuam, C O'Hagan (Tyrone)

Marc O Se could see his first action of the year after being included in the Munster squad that consists only of Cork and Kerry players as the other counties boycotted the team as part of their protest at the seeded draw for this year's championship. Munster look to have the edge.

Verdict: Munster

COLLEGES

(2.0 unless stated)

TODAY

Leinster SF C quarter-finals

Marist Athlone v Wicklow Schools, Kiltoom, 1.30

Marist were a surprise package in last year's competition and can secure a win here .

Verdict: Marist Athlone

St Peter's Wexford v Colaiste Eoin, St Peter's Coolcotts Pitch

Colaiste Eoin were in terrific form in the previous round and can carry that forward here.

Verdict: Colaiste Eoin

Knockbeg College v Good Counsel, Dr Cullen Park

Knockbeg College can lean on home advantage to seal victory when they welcome Good Counsel to Dr Cullen Park.

Verdict: Knockbeg College

MUNSTER SHC 'C' final

Salesian College Pallaskenry (Limerick) v Scarriff CC (Clare), Kilmallock, 1.30

Verdict: Salesian College

LADIES FOOTBALL

(2.0 unless stated)

TOMORROW

TESCO NFL DIVISION 1

Mayo v Dublin, Fr Gibbons Park, 1.30, J Niland). Verdict: Mayo

Cork v Monaghan, Mallow, 12.30, K Delahunty. Verdict: Cork

Donegal v Tyrone, Robert Emmetts, Y Duffy. Verdict: Donegal

Kerry v Laois, John Mitchels, M J O'Keeffe. Verdict: Kerry

NFL DivISION 2

Kildare v Meath, Carbury, J Murray. Verdict: Meath

Clare v Cavan, Parteen, S Mulvihill. Verdict: Clare

Down v Westmeath, Mayobridge, K McKeever. Verdict: Westmeath

Fermanagh v Galway, Irvinestown, 4.0, G Chapman. Verdict: Galway

NFL DivISION 3

Leitrim v Longford, Ballinamore, G Carmody. Verdict: Leitrim

Waterford v Tipperary, Fraher Field, 1.30, M Doherty. Verdict: Waterford

Sligo v Offaly, Connolly Park, P Fahy. Verdict: Sligo

Wexford v Armagh, Ballygarrett, P Kehoe. Verdict: Wexford

CAMOGIE

(All at Queen's University Belfast)

TODAY

FR MEACHAIR CUP SEMI-FINALS

Trinity College Dublin v St Pat's Drumcondra, 12.0, L McBride.

Verdict: TCD

IT Tralee v IT Carlow, 1.30, R Hughes-Merry. Verdict: IT Tralee

PURCELL CUP SEMI-FINALS

University College Cork v Queen's, 12.0, C Cunning. Verdict: Queen's

DIT v Mary Immaculate, 1.30, E Cassidy. Verdict: DIT

ASHBOURNE CUP SEMI-FINALS

University of Limerick v NUI Galway, 3.0, O Elliott. Verdict: UL

Waterford IT v DCU, 4.0, E Cassidy. Verdict: DCU

TOMORROW

FR MEACHAIR CUP FINAL

SF1 v SF2, 11.30, J O'Neill

ASHBOURNE CUP FINAL

SF1 v SF2, 2.30, O Elliott.

ASHBOURNE SHIELD FINAL

UCD v UUJ, 12.0, S McGuigan. Verdict: UCD

PURCELL CUP FINAL

SF1 v SF2, 1.0, E Cassidy

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