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Previews (November 25)

November 23rd, 2018

AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final

John Mitchels v Castleblayney, Sunday, 1.00, Páirc na hÉireann, Birmingham


This Sunday sees Castleblayney hurlers travel to Birmingham to take on local club John Mitchels in an All-Ireland Club JHC quarter-final at Páirc na hÉireann.

Having retained the Monaghan SHC and SHL titles in convincing style this year, crushing Inniskeen in the championship final, Castleblayney won their third Ulster JHC title by seeing off Burt (Donegal), Clonduff (Down) and Cushendun (Antrim). John Mitchels, meanwhile, ran out convincing winners in the British Final against Thomas McCurtains of London.

Blayney’s hugely experienced team contains the likes of Mark and Peter Treanor, Fergal Rafter, Brian McGuigan, Brian Flanagan and Patrick Finnegan. John Mitchels can call on the likes of Niall McKenna, Niall Kennedy, Emmet McCabe, Dean Bruen, Michael O’Regan, Dómhnall Nugent and Ian Dwyer, many of whom have enjoyed recent inter-county success with Warwickshire.


All-Ireland Junior ‘B’ Camogie Championship Final

Clontibret v Ratoath, Sunday 12.30, Navan


Closer to home on Sunday, Clontibret senior camógs will be looking to make history when they face Meath and Leinster champions Ratoath in the inaugural All-Ireland Junior ‘B’ Club Championship Final at Páirc Tailteann.

Clontibret, who are bidding to become the first Monaghan club to be crowned All-Ireland champions, followed up their Ulster Final win over Crossmaglen by knocking out British champions Fullen Gaels last time out. Clontibret will be looking for big performances from top scorer Marie Greenan, Michelle Morgan, Joanne McSkane, Aisling McElvaney, Ailbhe and Orlaith Boyle and Emer McGlone.

They must see off a decorated Ratoath side that has backboned successful county senior and minor teams in recent years. 2017 ‘Soaring Star’ Amy Gaffney is the star name for Ratoath, with support from the likes of Sinéad Beagan, Fiona and Áine McInerney, Anna Branagan, Emma McGill and Áine Cooke.

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