Cushendall and Dunloy to meet in group stages of Antrim SHC

Football champions Cargin have been drawn to face Rossa, Tír na nÓg and St John’s

Antrim draws
Captains of the senior hurling, senior football, LGFA and Antrim camogie teams who attended Friday's draw for the county championships at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Included is Antrim camogie chairman, Liam Vallely (back left); chairperson of the Antrim LGFA, Fionnuala Murphy (back centre); and Antrim County Board chairman, Seamus McMullan (back right). PIcture: John McIlwaine

THE draw for this year’s Antrim club championships was given some novel pizzazz with a polished launch at the Crowne Plaza in Belfast.

In hurling, last year’s runners-up Loughgiel are in a three-team group with St Enda’s and Ballycastle as Creggan Kickham’s withdrew from this year’s senior championship at the 11th hour.

Champions Cushendall have testing group games with Dunloy, St John’s and Rossa.

Senior football champions Cargin have been drawn with Rossa, Tir na Óg and St John’s, while last year’s surprise finalists Dunloy face Aldergrove, Lamh Dhearg and St Enda’s.

Speaking at the Crowne Plaza, Antrim and Loughgiel hurler James McNaughton said: “It’s great to be invited to an event like this as it’s good to see the club championship draws progressing in this way and showcasing the teams in the county.”

Antrim SHC

Group One Loughgiel Shamrocks, Ballycastle, St Enda’s

Group Two Cushendall, Dunloy, St John’s, Rossa

Antrim SFC

Group One Dunloy, Aldergrove, Làmh Dhearg, Naomh Éanna

Group Two Cargin, Rossa, Tír na nÓg, St John’s

Group Three Portglenone, Ahoghill, Glenravel, Moneyglass

Group Four St Brigid’s, St Gall’s, Aghagallon, Creggan