THE Premier 1 and 2 minor championships take a break this week, however there is still plenty of action around the regions.
In the Premier 1 and 2 grades, the semi-finalists are now known in both hurling and football, with the latter semis on next Wednesday night.
They will see St Finbarr’s at home to Glen Rovers and Sarsfields with home advantage against Ballincollig.
In the Premier 2 competition, St Colmans take on Newcestown in Cloyne and Kanturk host Kiltha Óg.
On the football side Douglas will take on Inniscarra and Ibane Gaels are at home to Glanmire. At Premier 2 level Carbery Rangers are up against Kanturk and the Barrs will host Castlehaven. The football games are scheduled for September 23.
But before that, there are still a number of quality games on at U16 and U14 level at the weekend. Saturday will see Midleton and Ballincollig battle it out, at 3pm in Midleton, in the U16 hurling championship, with the winners facing Bride Rovers in the final. In the Premier 2 semi-finals, Kiltha Óg are at home to Valley Rovers and Kinsale will host Douglas, with both games also scheduled for 3pm.
On Sunday attention will turn to the U14 championship with two potential great games in store at Premier 1 level.
Sarsfields are at home to Ballincollig and the Glen have home advantage over Midleton. The Sars game is at 11.30am and the Glen game throws in at 12.30pm. These are two games that would draw large crowds but current restrictions prevent this.
In the Premier 2 competition Kilara Óg host Aghada and Mallow will make the long trip to Youghal for their semi-final, both throwing in at 11.30am.
Before them, the Mid and East regions will host their minor hurling championship semi-finals. In the Mid Region Ballinora host Carrigaline and Ballygarvan are at home to Inniscarra.
In the group stages, Inniscarra had wins over Éire Óg and Blarney and lost to Ballinora, but the two wins was enough to see them secure second spot in the group.
Group winners were Ballinora, who also added wins over Blarney and Éire Óg to top the group and guarantee them a home tie. In the other group, Ballygarvan had wins over Tracton and Carrigaline, along with a draw against Sliabh Rua to top the group.
Carrigaline, for their part, got the better of Sliabh Rua and in a high-scoring game, they defeated Tracton. Magnificent point taking secured their win that day as they hit 1-30 to Tracton’s 4-16.
Local derbies bring out the best in sides and it certainly did on this occasion.
In the East Region Carrigtwohill play St Colmcille’s, a combination of White’s Cross and Carrig na bhFear, in one semi-final and Cobh host Whitechurch in the other Division 1 tie.
In the group stages, St Colmcille’s started with a good win over Erin’s Own and followed it up with a draw against Cobh. They rounded off the group stages with a win over Bishopstown to secure their spot in the semi-finals. Cobh topped that group with wins over the Town and Erin’s Own and that draw with Colmcille’s, to top the group on scoring difference.
Carrigtwohill topped their group with wins over Whitechurch and Lisgoold. Whitechurch took the other semi-final spot after their win over Lisgoold.
Mid Region Division 1 MCH semi-finals: Ballinora v Carrigaline; Ballygarvan v Inniscarra, both 6.30pm.
Mid Region Division 2 MCH semi-finals: Clyda Rovers v Kinsale, 8.15pm; St Vincent’s v Grenagh, 6.30pm.
North Region Division 1 MHC: Fermoy v Shandrum; Killavullen v Charleville; Mallow v Ballycastle Gaels, all at 6.45pm.
North Region Division 2 MHC: Croke Rovers v Ballygiblin; Kilara Óg v Buttevant; Liscarroll/Churchtown Gaels v St Marks; Millstreet v St Kevins, all at 6.45pm.
East Region Division 1 MCH semi-finals, both at 6.30pm: Carrigtwohill v St Colmcille’s; Cobh v Whitechurch.
East Region Division 2 MCH semi-finals, both at 6.30pm: Castlelyons v Watergrasshill; St Catherines v Bride Rovers.
West Region Division 1 MHC: Bandon v Ballinhassig, 6.30pm.
West Region Division 2 MHC: Cloughduv v Laochra Óg; Sam Maguires v Fastnet Gaels, both 6.30pm.
West Region Division 3 MHC: Ahan Gaels v Cill Mochomog; St Patricks v Western Gaels; both 6.30pm.