IT’S the business end in all the grades of Cork championship hurling and those that are still standing there’s the chance of elevating themselves to a higher plateau next season.
In the IAHC there are a few potentially cracking quarter-finals on the agenda.
Sarsfields take on Cloughduv in Ovens tomorrow afternoon and this should be a close-run affair.
Eoghan Clifford, Brian and Mark Verling are the main players for Cloughduv and they were very impressive in defeating Glen Rovers.
Sars hammered Douglas in their last group game and there’s a lot of talent in their starting 15, led by Niall Fitzpatrick, Garry Grey, Darren Kenneally and that great club man Eoin O’Sullivan. Cormac Duggan was on fire in the last round and this could be a fine game.
Maybe Sars will be that bit better balanced.
IAHC quarter-final: Aghabullogue v Mayfield, Páirc Uí Rinn, 4pm.
Aghabullogue are going well, defeating Midleton the last day to qualify from their group. Matt Bradley and Shane Tarrant are getting the big scores and there is a good blend in the side.
The absence of Nicky Kelly has hampered Mayfield to a large degree, although he returned the last day against Argideen. They’ll look to Pa Duggan, Shane O’Donovan and David O’Neill, and if Kelly was fully fit, they might progress. Again, impossible to nail down.
IAHC relegation play-off: Glen Rovers v Meelin, Glantane, 4pm.
Things did not go according to plan for either in the group stage and now they face the prospect of playing at a lower level.
The Glen lost by a couple of goals to Cloughduv in their final encounter at the group stage. However, there’s a lot of good hurlers spread throughout the side with Evan O’Connell one of them.
David Brown got some good points too while Paul Virgo and avid Busteed are very experienced.
Meelin got a bit of a trouncing in their final group game, losing to Eire Og by 18 points.
Of course, the Ovens side are one of the best around in this grade.
Meelin will be hoping that players like James Forrest, John Forrest, William Murphy and Jason O’Callaghan are in top form.
However, the Glen might have better players in front of goal and they get the verdict to avoid dropping down.
Verdict: Glen Rovers.