THE Carrigaline Court Hotel U16 hurling championships take place this week.
First up is the Premier 2 Challenge Cup final between Ballygarvan and Inniscarra at Carrigaline.
In their respective semi-finals Ballygarvan had a good win over Bishopstown and Inniscarra got the better of Carrigaline.
Inniscarra will look to Jack O’Sullivan, Mark Buckley and David Kelly to see them through, whilst their opponents will be hoping for big games from the likes of Ciaran McIntyre, Sean Brady and Adam O’Callaghan.
On Tuesday, the Premier 1 and 2 finals take place at Pairc Ui Rinn, with both games sure to draw a large following.
The first sees Ballincollig and Killeagh/Ita’s in action in the Premier 2 final, with little to choose between them.
In the quarter-final Ballincollig had a good 3-14 to 2-10 win over Shandrum and followed it up with a 1-18 to 1-10 victory over Carrigaline in the semi-final.
Killeagh/Ita’s got the better of Blackrock, by 2-13 to 1-14 in their quarter-final and in the semi had an impressive 1-26 to 0-12 win over Ballygarvan.
In the Premier 1 final it’s an all east Cork final as near-neighbours Sarsfields and Midleton take to the pitch.
With local bragging rights at stake expect both sides to give it everything and it would be no great surprise to see only a point or two in it at the end.
In their quarter-final tie Midleton were made to fight all the way by Blarney, before winning by 4-7 to 2-10. In the semi they took on Glen Rovers, who had won the U15 title last year, and four more goals ensured the east Cork boys advanced to the final, this time by 4-14 to 2-15.
Sars had two great battles with St Finbarr’s in the quarter-final, ending all square the first day at 2-15 apiece.
In the replay they came through by a single point, 3-12 to 3-11, before taking on Douglas in the semi-final.
In that they came out on top, in another tough battle, by 2-23 to 2-19 to reach the final.
It should be a great game and don’t be surprised if it takes a replay to separate these two.
On Wednesday the Premier 2A and Premier 1 Challenge Cup final take place at the Mardyke.
The Challenge Cup final sees the Barrs up against Blarney, with the former beating Cobh in their semi-final by 7-14 to 3-11.
Blarney had a 2-16 to 2-9 win over Valley Rovers, but know they face a tough challenge to get the better of the Barrs side.
This will be followed by the 2A final between Mallow and Kiltha Og.
Mallow enjoyed wins over Newcestown and Erins Own to get to the final, whilst Kiltha Og got the better of Eire Og and Lisgoold.
In the 2A Challenge Cup final Na Piarsaigh are up against Lisgoold, date yet to be confirmed for this one.
In the semi-final Piarsaigh got the better of Passage by 3-10 to 3-6, whilst in their respective game Lisgoold had a close win over fellow east Cork side, Erins Own, by 2-14 to 2-13.
Carrigaline Court Hotel Premier 2 Challenge Cup final: Ballygarvan v Inniscarra, Carrigaline, 7pm.
Carrigaline Court Hotel Premier 1 final: Midleton v Sarsfields, Pairc Ui Rinn, 8pm.
Carrigaline Court Hotel Premier 2 final: Ballincollig v Killeagh/Ita’s, Pairc Ui Rinn, 6.30pm.
Carrigaline Court Hotel Premier 2A final: Mallow v Kiltha Og, Mardyke, 8.15pm.
Carrigaline Court Hotel Premier 1 Challenge Cup final: Blarney v St Finbarr’s, Mardyke, 6.30pm.