Danske Bank Casement Cup semi-final: Monday Nov 12: 3pm in Allen Park, Antrim St Mary’s, Magherafelt v Rathmore Grammar LAST November St Mary’s Magherafelt really pushed St Patrick’s, Keady close in the Danske Bank Casement Cup final and they look intent on reaching a second final when they take on Rathmore Grammar in this afternoon’s semi-final in Allen Park, Antrim.
Ulster Club Junior Hurling final: Castleblayney (Monaghan) 1-14 Robert Emmet’s Cushendun (Antrim) 0-16 TEARS flowed among the hurlers of Robert Emmet’s Cushendun yesterday afternoon as Castleblayney climbed the steps of the main stand in The Athletic Grounds to lift the Ulster junior title.
HIS legs covered in tin foil, the jersey thrown over the top for heat as much as decoration as he sat on the floor of the tunnel, Arron Graffin’s team-mates huddled around him with the Four Seasons Cup back in their arms.
Ulster Senior Club Hurling Championship final: St Joseph’s, Ballycran v Ruairi Óg, Cushendall (tomorrow, 3pm, Athletic Grounds) OVER the past four years, Antrim club hurling has been stripped bare of its sense of invincibility.
Ulster Club Junior Hurling Championship final: Robert Emmet’s, Cushendun (Antrim) v Castleblayney Faughs (Monaghan) (tomorrow, The Athletic Grounds, 1pm) YOU know something special is happening in a team when players decide not drink at their team-mate’s wedding and the manager delays his honeymoon.
GARY Savage admits he sees a couple of similarities between the Ulster-title winning Ballycran side of 25 years ago and the class of 2018 – with the most striking being how they have defied the odds to reach the final in the first place.
EAMONN Gillan saw how much winning Antrim meant to the Cushendall players a fortnight ago and the Ruairi Og manager admits he is concerned that complacency may have crept into the dressingroom since that memorable day in Ballycastle.
ANTRIM have sounded out Anthony Daly and Anthony Cunningham about the possibility of taking over the county hurlers next season – while there is also strong support for a locally sourced management team.
KEVIN Ryan was interviewed for the vacant Antrim senior hurling managerial post last night as he is keen to make a dramatic return to the job he left three years ago – but doubts remain in the county over re-appointing the Waterford native.