Major competition in the race for Junior Cup glory
It's one of the toughest events to win but that won't stop Castlebar, Newlands, Limerick, Enniscorthy or Co. Armagh as they chase glory in the AIG Junior Cup.
The action begins with a quarter-final clash between Connacht champions Castlebar and East Leinster winners Newlands today with the victors to face Limerick in tomorrow morning's semi-finals.
Mid-Leinster champions Enniscorthy take on Co. Armagh in the other semi for the right to contest Saturday's Junior Cup Final.
Castlebar also has a team in the Minor Cup and the club was pleased with the response to its fund-raising efforts which included an Am-Am, a monster raffle and a movie premiere at Mayo Movie World.
Castlebar beat Athlone 3.5-1.5 to lift the Connacht pennant with Connie White, Sheila Baynes, Leah Kerr, Carmel Moran and Kirsty Kelly in the side.
But Newlands will look to Rosaleen Cunningham, Leonie Colgan, Louise Murphy, Annemarie Lawley and Neasa McKiernan, who had an excellent win over Naas in the East Leinster final.
Limerick will go for glory with Heather Fitzgerald, Mary Conlon, Siobhan Conway, Ann O'Mahony and Ailsh Dilger.
But there is no shortage of talent on the other side of the draw with Enniscorthy boasting nine handicappers Eimear McGrath and Triona Hogan as well as Margaret Mooney (10), Stellah Sinnott (11) and Nicola Jacob (15).
As for Co. Armagh, who defeated Galgorm Castle 3-2 in UIster, there are high hopes for Paula McCrory, Lillian McMullan, June Humphries, Alexandra Mawhinney and Teresa McVeigh.