THE lower tier of the Cork County IHC, featuring 24 teams, 12 in the IAHC and 12 more in the IHC will have a number of issues sorted out next Sunday afternoon in the final group games.
For those who have lost twice already, their hopes of qualification for the knockout stages have gone and must try now to avoid being drawn into a relegation battle.
Éire Óg cut loose the last day against Douglas and should be too strong for Meelin with Lar Considine, Eoin O’Shea, Daniel Goulding and Kevin Hallissey in top form.
Douglas take on Sars at Blarney and should get the verdict with good players like Eddie Gaffney, Kieran Walsh, Garry Gray and Patrick O’Driscoll key to their cause.
Douglas will look to Richard Murphy, James Moylan and Diarmuid O’Mahony.
Cloughduv take on the Glen at Páirc Uí Rinn and they will look to Brian Verling, Eoghan Cllifford and Sean O’Connor with the Glen depending on Evan O’Connell, Ryan McGuckin, Paul Virgo and Shane Busteed.
Aghabullogue and Midleton collide at Ballinora with the Mid Cork side looking to Matt Bradley, Shane Tarrant and Ian Barry-Murphy.
Midleton will depend on Jake Hegarty, Padraigh O’Brien, Ross O’Regan and Paul Haughney if he’s fully fit.
In the IHC, Castlemartyr are flying high with two wins from two and should collect two more points here against Ballymartle’s second team.
Ciaran Joyce is a hugely promising player for the East Cork side while Brian and Barry Lawton and Adrian Bowes are very experienced.
St Catherine’s are going very well too with full points and they should confirm their status as one of the competition’s favourites against Dripsey.
Also in the IHC Milford will face the Barrs. Both lost to Castlemartyr but are still in contention.
Milford might just get the verdict here is what should be an interesting game.
Russell Rovers will look again to Bud Hartnett and Josh Beausang in their big clash with Barryroe. The East Cork side have drawn their two games thus far and a win here will send them through.
Kilbrittain drew their last outing with Russell Rovers and this is a big game for them against Ballygarvan Mark Kenneffick as always is a key figure for the South East side.
Tracton and Grenagh clash at Ballincollig. Tracton defeated Dripsey in their last game while Grenagh lost by seven points to St Catherine’s.
Finally, returning to the IAHC grade, the meeting of Kildorrery and Dungourney at Rathcormac on Sunday has the potential to be a cracker. Peter O’Brien is still a huge threat for Kildorrery and must be curbed.
In the clash of Mayfield and Argideen at Brinny, the city side should prevail. All will be revealed on Sunday night.