IT'S great to be back and to see championship game at all levels moving ahead, let’s hope everybody stays safe and we continue to enjoy our games.
The back door rounds of the SE Systems Intermediate and Junior A Championship afforded a second chance for clubs to get their campaigns back on track and we had a weekend of exciting games.
It was nip and tuck to the final whistle as Valley Rovers and Ballyhea battled for a place in round three, at the finish just a point separated the sides as Ballyhea edging it 2-11 to 2-10.
It was level pegging six points apiece between Watergrashill and Clonakilty, Marie O’Neill proving a hand fully for the Clonakilty defence on target with all the Watergrashill points. Watergrashill upped the pace in the second half Marie O’Neill adding to her tally with six points and with Ruth Kaiser, Ciara Cashman and Michelle Sheehan adding a point each they ran out 0-14 to 0-6 winners.
Kilbrittain/Timoleague had two points to spare over Na Piarsaigh in a tight contest where it finished 1-8 to 1-6 in the Kilbrittain/Timoleague girls' favour.
In the SE Systems Junior A round two game and in a high scoring contest Sliabh Rua got the upper hand on a determined Sarsfields side. Sliabh Rua led 2-10 to 1-6 at the interval t half but Sars kept in touch with Donna Kerrigan, Nikki Barry and Amy McNamara on target with points and a Julie Allen goal.
Sliabh Rua kept the scoreboard ticking over with second half points. Sars ensured a competitive finish with goals from Julie Allen, Donna Kerrigan and Orlaith Keane in a game where Sliabh Rua’s ability to pick points was a major factor that ensured them of a 3-17 to 4-8 victory.
Banteer got their campaign back on track as they hit 11 points to Ballinhassig one goal and three, whilst Newtownshandrum proved much too strong for Barryroe as they ensured victory with Cliona O’Callaghan, Katie Coughlan, Mariah Reidy, Sarah Moloney, Aoife Twohill, Roisin Twohill, Katie Coughlan and Rosie Ryan all get on the score sheet as they ran out comprehensive winners.
In the SE Systems Junior B Championship opening round wins for Bride Rovers over Newcestown and Youghal over Bishopstown.
Junior C victories for Aghabullogue over Castlelyons, Midleton defeated Killeagh, Na Piarsaigh saw of the challenge of Castlemartyr, Kinsale defeated Kilworth and Aghada overcame St Colum’s.
In the opening rounds of the SE Systems Junior Second teams championship Éire Óg overcame Cloughduv on a 2-9 to 1-5 score line, St Finbarr's had a 6-13 to 1-7 victory over Kilbrittain/Timoleague. Glen Rovers got the upper hand on Enniskeane 5-8 to 1-7 whilst St Catherine’s had a win over Douglas 3-10 to 1-5.
The SE Systems Minor B Championship Blackrock had a one point win over Na Piarsaigh 1-13 to 3-6, Kilbrittain/Timoleague defeated Fr O’Neill's 1-16 to 2-12, Ballygarvan proved much too strong for Buttevant while Cloughduv had two points to spare over Douglas 2-15 to 4-7. Kilbree/Kilmee and Glen Rovers battled it out to the finish in the Glen Field before the visitors edged it with three points to spare in a high scoring 4-11 to 4-8 game.
In the SE Systems Minor C championship a one point win for Sliabh Rua over Clonakilty, Tracton had five points to spare over Midleton and Barryroe had a 3-6 to 0-2 win over Blarney.
And so to the draws for round three and in the SE Systems Intermediate Championship there is one third round clash and this will see Ballyhea taking on Watergrashill on August 18. The quarter-finals are down for August 30: Fr O’Neill's will meet Kilbrittain/Timoleague, Enniskeane meet Blackrock, Brian Dillon’s will play the winner of the Ballyhea/Watergrashill clash and Carrigaline take on Aghabullogue.
In the SE Systems Junior A Championship one third round game where Sliabh Rua meet Newtownshandrum on August 19, on August 29 it's quarter finals where Mallow meet the winners of Newtownshandrum and Sliabh Rua, Ballinascarthy will play Banteer, Ballinora meet Charlevile and Tracton face St Vincent’s.