Cork hurling: Your guide to what's next in the championship for every club

Cork hurling: Your guide to what's next in the championship for every club
Partick Horgan, Glen Rovers, gets to the ball ahead of Christopher Joyce, Na Piarsaigh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

AFTER another epic weekend of hurling action in Rebel county, the knockout stages of the club grades have been finalised.

Camán flying through the air, sliotars exploding in the back of the net and no quarter being asked or given in any game.

Sarsfields' Cillian Roche loses his hurley against Ballyhea's Eugene O'Leary. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Sarsfields' Cillian Roche loses his hurley against Ballyhea's Eugene O'Leary. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The Co Op Superstores Championships have been a massive success across the past two months, despite the Covid restrictions on GAA and now the scene is set for some cracking quarter-finals and relegation playoffs.

The top tier will always attract the most attention, featuring most of Cork's best-known clubs and gifted hurlers.

Glen Rovers grabbed the coveted bye into the Premier Senior semi-final as top seeds by virtue of a resounding victory over northside rivals Na Piarsaigh. Their scoring difference was superior to Blackrock and Sars, who also won three games each.

Led by Patrick Horgan, Robert Downey and Simon Kennefick, last year's runners-up, brushed Na Piarsaigh aside and await Sars or Erin's Own in the last four.

The other side of the draw includes what should be a great game between southside neighbours Douglas, fresh from eliminating Midleton, and in-form Blackrock.

Erin's Owns' Mossie O'Carroll shoots from Newtown's Kieran O'Sullivan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Erin's Owns' Mossie O'Carroll shoots from Newtown's Kieran O'Sullivan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Early favourites for the Senior A crown, Charleville and Fr O'Neill's, the last two Premier Intermediate champions, are in opposite semi-finals.

Top-scorer for Charleville at the weekend was Darragh Fitzgibbon, while Declan Dalton and Billy Dunne were in ruthless form once more for O'Neill's in their dismissal of Ballymartle.

In the PIHC, which was decided on Friday night, Carrigaline and Castlelyons are straight through to the semis, having both won all three of their group games.

Carrigaline have long threatened to make a breakthrough to the latter stages of the competition, while Castlelyons have Niall O'Leary and Colm Spillane in their ranks.

Blarney are dark horses though, with Mark Coleman and Cork U20s Shane Barrett and Padraig Power on song.

Kanturk goalkeeper Anthony Nash shows his frustration after Killeagh's Daniel Landers scored a goal. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Kanturk goalkeeper Anthony Nash shows his frustration after Killeagh's Daniel Landers scored a goal. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

In Intermediate A, Éire Óg and Kildorrery are straight through to the semi-finals, while in the Lower Intermediate Championship, Castlemartyr and St Catherine's got the byes to the last four.

Éire Óg's Mark Kelleher goes highest to win the sliotar from Meelin's Liam Collins.Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Éire Óg's Mark Kelleher goes highest to win the sliotar from Meelin's Liam Collins.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

PREMIER SENIOR:

Glen v Sars or Erin’s Own; Blackrock or Douglas v Na Piarsaigh or UCC. Relegation: Bishopstown v Ballyhea.

SENIOR A:

Charleville v Bandon or Kanturk; Fr O’Neill’s v Newcestown or Bride Rovers. Relegation: Kilworth v Killeagh.

PREMIER INTERMEDIATE:

Carrigaline v Blarney or Ballincollig; Castlelyons v Watergrasshill or Courcey Rovers. Relegation: Valley Rovers v Blackrock.

INTERMEDIATE A:

Éire Óg v Cloughduv or Sars; Kildorrery v Mayfield or Aghabullogue. Relegation round robin (two to go down): Glen Rovers, Argideen Rangers, Meelin.

LOWER INTERMEDIATE:

Castlemartyr v Tracton or Kilbrittain; St Catherine's v Russell Rovers or Milford. Relegation: Barryroe v Ballymartle.

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