PREVIEW: SHC, PIHC & IHC Final Round preview

The Limerick SHC and PIHC group stages reach their conclusions this weekend with the third round in as many weeks being played.

In total there will be 12 games played across the top three tiers.

Check out the previews and permutations for each of the 12 games below.


Bon Secours Limerick Senior Hurling Championship

Patrickswell v Doon (Section A, Group 1)

Saturday 8 August at 7.30pm in the Gaelic Grounds (RTÉ)

The winners of Saturday night’s clash will move straight into the semi-finals of the competition. Patrickswell are guaranteed their place in the knockout stages with a loss seeing them finish second.

But, if the ‘Well were to win by more than six points then Adare would move above Doon and into second spot in the group and the quarter-finals.

Essentially for Doon to advance, they need to better Adare’s 3-23 to 0-26 loss to the county champions.

Cian Lynch gets his hand pass away despite the attention of Darragh O’Donovan in the 2019 Limerick SHC semi-final. CREIDT: Sport Action Photography.

Ahane v Kilmallock (Section A, Group 2)

Saturday 8 August at 5.30pm in the Gaelic Grounds (RTÉ)

Kilmallock would need to suffer a huge loss if they were to miss out on the knockout stages as they sit two points ahead of Ahane with a +22 superior points differential.

Kilmallock need a draw to secure top spot while Ahane need to overturn that points differece to progress.

Na Piarsaigh are assured of their place in the last six already.

Ballybrown v Garryspillane (Section B, Group 2)

Friday August 7 at 7pm in Gaelic Grounds (LKGAA TV)

It’s winner takes all in Group 2 on Saturday with top of the table and that promotion decider on the line. Ballybrown have the upper hand only needing a draw to secure that place.

If Garryspillane were to lose by 10+ then they would face into a relegation final. Otherwise, Blackrock will finish bottom.

Ross Griffin acknowledges Richie McCarthy after Ballybrown beat Blackrock in the 2020 Limerick SHC 1st Round.

Murroe Boher v Monaleen (Section B, Group 1)

Sunday August 9 at 1pm in the Gaelic Grounds (LKGAA TV)

Monaleen can clinch top spot in the group and a place in the promotion final with a second win over Murroe Boher this weekend.

Murroe need a 10+ win to avoid the relegation play-offs. If Monaleen were to lose by 18+ points then Murroe would finish top while South Liberties could yet earn that promotion final place depending on the result as they lie level with Monalen on points and points difference.


Lyons of Limerick Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

G1: Bruff v Glenroe

Saturday 8 August at 7pm in Kilbreedy

The permutations are clear for this one, the winner finishes top while the loser comes in second after both sides won their opening two games.

Bruff have the superior goal difference.

Sean Finn in Action for Bruff in the 2018 Limerick PIHC final

G1: Knockainey v Dromin Athlacca

Saturday 8 August at 7pm in Bruff

Again it’s clear the permutations for this tie with the loser heading into relegation play-off.

Ddromin Athlacca hold the advantage when it comes to points differential.

G2: Mungret St Pauls v Cappamore

Saturday 8 August at 4pm on the Childers Rd

Mungret are already guaranteed a top tow finish with a draw enough to secure top spot.

Cappamore need a result or others to go their way if they are to have any hope of avoiding the relegation play off.

Rory Duff wins possession in the Limerick PIHC 1st Round tie between Mungret St Pauls and Kildimo Pallaskenry. CREDIT: Sport Action Photography

G2: Kidimo Pallaskenry v Bruree

Saturday 8 August at 4pm in Mick Neville Park

A winner here will see them into the last four alongside Mungret while a draw is enough for Kildimo Pallaskenry.

Depending on the other group game, either of these sides could contest the relegation final.


Nick Greene Intermediate Hurling Championship

G1: Effin v Na Piarsaigh

Sunday 9 August at 7pm in Bruff

A draw is good enough for Na Piarsaigh to go through while Effin need a 16 point swing to advance.

Kilmallock will be depending on the result to see if they go through also.

G2: Granagh Ballingarry v Hospital Herbertstown

Saturday 8 August at 7pm in Kilfinane

Granagh need a draw here to secure passage to the knockout stages with a 8+ points win guaranteeing top spot. If Herbertstown get the win then they will join Croom in the last eight.

G3: Newcastle West v St Patricks

Saturday 8 August at 7pm in Croagh

Last year’s finalists Newcastle need draw to earn top spot. A 3+ point win for St Pats will see them go through in NCW’s place while an eight point win would be enough for top spot.

G4: Pallasgreen v Feohanagh

Saturday 8 August at 7pm in Clarina

After both beat Tournafulla, the winner here will finish first with the loser as runners up.

Feohanagh come int the game with the superior goal difference.

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