Minor club championship ramps up as Ballincollig and Valley Rovers hunt hurling and football titles

Minor club championship ramps up as Ballincollig and Valley Rovers hunt hurling and football titles
Ballincollig's Dara Dorgan will lead the line in this Sunday's P1MFC quarter-final against Valley Rovers. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

WITH Cork being involved in the All-Ireland minor football final, and thankfully winning it last weekend, it meant that proposed minor club championship games had to be rescheduled.

Considering the wait for a minor title there weren't too many objections, but now with the cup safely on Leeside the club games swing back into action over the coming weeks.

The Carrigaline Court Hotel Premier 1 and 2 football championships are at quarter-final stage, with two clubs still in with a chance of doing the double. The hurling equivalent is at the semi-final stages.

However after the first quarter-finals, the Premier 1 football, that will be down to one as they are drawn against each other in that championship.

Ballincollig and Valley Rovers are the two clubs involved and they face each other on Sunday next at 4pm in Ovens. Both are still involved in the hurling as well, but in that Valley Rovers are in the Premier 2 competition.

The other quarter-final sees Douglas take on Carrigaline, in what should be an entertaining encounter. That game was scheduled for tomorrow but, for a number of reasons it has had to move and as of yet is still being decided when it will take place. Wednesday of next week is the most likely date. These two sides have had close games since U12 and it's an impossible one to call.

The following weekend, the Premier 2 semis take place as Glanmire take on Buttevant and Mallow are up against Bishopstown. The Town won the Premier 2A title last year and with a lot of that side still available will be a tough side to beat.

On next Wednesday night, September 11, the first of the Premier 1 hurling ties takes place and what a game to start them off it will be. Old rivals, Glen Rovers and the Barrs are up against each other and any time they face off it is sure to draw their supporters out in numbers.

With Ballincollig being involved in both football and hurling semis the second one doesn't take place until September 18, to give the Village side a chance in both.

Also on September 10 is the first of the Premier 2 games and it is another cracker, as east Cork rivals Kiltha Óg and Killeagh/Ita's face off. The second tie in this competition sees Valley Rovers taking on Blackrock, scheduled for Wednesday, September 18.

Times and venues on all these games will be confirmed closer to the dates.

SUNDAY

Carrigaline Court Hotel Premier 1 MFC: Valley Rovers v Ballincollig, Ovens 4pm.

TUESDAY, September 10

Carrigaline Court Hotel Premier 2 MHC: Kiltha Óg v Killeagh/Ita's.

WEDNESDAY, September 11

Carrigaline Court Hotel Premier 1 MHC: Glen Rovers v St Finbarr's.

FRIDAY, September 13

Carrigaline Court Hotel Premier 2 MFC: Glanmire v Buttevant.

SUNDAY, September 15

Carrigaline Court Hotel Premier 2 MFC: Mallow v Bishopstown, noon.

WEDNESDAY, September 18

Carrigaline Court Hotel Premier 1 MHC: Ballincollig v Midleton.

Carrigaline Court Hotel Premier 2 MHC: Valley Rovers v Blackrock.

TBC: Carrigaline Court Hotel Premier 1 MFC: Douglas v Carrigaline.

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