Down Senior Hurling Championship: Ballygalget v Portaferry (tomorrow, Ballycran, 3pm) TWO into one can’t go so the Down Senior Hurling Championship is set to lose a big player as Portaferry and Ballygalget meet tomorrow for the right to face Ballycran in the final.
AFTER their exertions in last Sunday’s All-Ireland final, the Down squad is back to domestic business this weekend with three senior club quarter-finals as well as both semi-finals in the Intermediate title-race.
HURLING, and indeed football, in Ulster will only improve if more effort is made to get people coming from a GAA background into primary school teaching, believes former Ulster GAA coach Michael McCullough.
IN THE immediate aftermath of Down’s 1-13 to 0-9 defeat in Croke Park on Sunday, manager Martina Rooney was still feeling the pain of defeat, but yesterday she was able to reflect more on the journey travelled.
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship final: Croke Park, Sunday (2pm): Cork v Down CORK are strong favourites to land the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate title after defeat in the past two finals and an unbeaten run through league and championship this season.
Down Senior Hurling Championship round-robin: Portaferry v Ballycran (today, Ballygalget, 5pm) A BACK injury looks set to rule Portaferry veteran Paul Braniff out of this year’s Down Championship, much to the dismay of manager Noel Sands.
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate final: Croke Park Sunday (2pm): Down v Cork WHEN Niamh Mallon last spoke to The Irish News she was job-searching and days away from the Ulster final when she hoped that Down could upset the odds and take the title from Derry.
Darragh’s Coaches Antrim Intermediate Camogie Championship quarter-final: Dunloy II 2-12 Cargin 0-12 This was a competitive enough championship tie in Dunloy with the home side building on their success in last year’s Junior Championship by reaching the last four of the Intermediate title-race where they will meet Brídíní Óga Glenravel on September 16, writes Séamas McAleenan.