Russell Rovers among contenders after moving up to Cork intermediate hurling

Russell Rovers among contenders after moving up to Cork intermediate hurling
Russell Rovers' Josh Beausang shoots as Carrignavar's Tomas Sheehan closes in, during their East Cork JAHC final at Lisgoold. Picture: David Keane.

THERE’S a dozen games to choose from in the Cork County IHC and is par for the course now there are a few local derbies across the county.

Last year’s Cork County junior A winners Russell Rovers make their debut in the elevated grade and they will take on a seasoned outfit in Ballygarvan at Riverstown on Saturday at 3.30pm.

Once more they will be looking to Josh Beausang and Bud Hartnett to put the scores on the board while Mark Kennefick will be crucial to Ballygarvan.

There’s a Mid Cork derby at Donoughmore, 3.30pm featuring Grenagh and Dripsey with Grenagh the slight favourites here.

Also in this group are Tracton and St Catherine’s who collide at Carrigtwohill at 3.30pm. This could be one of the best games of the weekend.

Dungourney take on Argideen Rangers at Ballinora on Saturday at 5pm. We have two fairly experienced outfits here and the Timoleague side are never easily beaten.

On Sunday there’s a big West Cork derby game Timoleague between Kilbrittain and Barryroe with Kilbrittain the greater fancy and they will have the vastly experienced Maurice Sexton and Ross Cashman on board.

Kildorrery and Mayfield won’t be easy to find a resolution too and much will depend on key forwards, Nicky Kelly for Mayfield and Peter O’Brien for Kildorrery.

These two sides won the county junior title in more recent times and there’s a wealth of experience on both sides with plenty of good, young hurlers in the ranks too.

Castlemartyr and the Barrs go head to head at Riverstown on Sunday but the Barrs second string won’t be easily beaten. A lot of course will depend on who they might lose to the senior team the night before against the Glen.

Castlemartyr have injury worries about Darragh Moran and they will look to other young guns like Joe Stack and Ciaran Joyce.

Former Midleton CBS forward Joe Stack hurls for Castlemartyr. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Former Midleton CBS forward Joe Stack hurls for Castlemartyr. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

A lot of their players were successful with Kiltha Óg and they might win this one but it will be close.

At Donoughmore, also on Sunday, Douglas take on Meelin and Douglas will be hoping that they don’t lose too many to their senior team 24 hours earlier.

The Glen and Midleton meet up in Cobh on Sunday at 4pm and there’s always a good spark when these two clubs collide.

Again much will depend on how their senior teams get on, Midleton against Sats and the Glen against Midleton.

Éire Óg footballers got off to a winning start last weekend and they take on Sars at Ballygarvan on Sunday night at 7pm.

Sars have a lot of quality throughout their ranks right now and they might be favourites.

But in all these games there’s no kind of form to rely on and until this first round is completed we may have to wait for sort oof a trend to emerge.

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