THERE are championship games in both football and hurling in Down this weekend.
The hurling scene is heading towards a conclusion, while the Junior Football Championship gets under way.
DOWN SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP STAGE
BREDAGH V BALLYGALGET
Sunday, Carryduff, 2pm
BOTH these sides have a sole win to their name – against Newry Shamrocks – and this should be a close game. Danny Hughes’ Bredagh were well beaten by Ballycran last weekend, but they can get closer here.
BALLYCRAN V NEWRY SHAMROCKS
Sunday, Ballycran, 4.30pm
THE result looks inevitable here, but this may not be the cakewalk some may expect. The Shamrocks have been competing well in their games before running out of steam. They’ll hope to be competitive for a good stretch of this, but Ballycran’s winning margin should be a handsome one.
DOWN JUNIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP STAGE
WARRENPOINT V BALLYVARLEY
Saturday, 5pm, Páirc Liam Uí Ír
TWO clubs sitting in the middle of the table, home advantage may swing it towards Warrenpoint.
CASTLEWELLAN V EAST BELFAST
Saturday, Castlewellan, 6.15pm
TOP plays bottom and there seems only possible outcome here – a big win for the ‘Town.
DOWN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINALS
DUNDRUM V MITCHEL’S
Friday, Clonduff, 7.15pm
DUNDRUM have designs on winning this competition while Mitchel’s have been struggling in the league all year. A comfortable win is in store.
ARDGLASS V MAGHERALIN
Saturday, Drumgath, 2pm
ARDGLASS have found the going tough in Division 4A, but they should still be okay against St Michael’s.
EAST BELFAST V GLASDRUMMAN
Saturday, Castlewellan, 2pm
PROBABLY the tie of the round as an improving East Belfast carry slight favouritism into this clash. Glasdrumman may be in Division 4B, but on their day they can be very dangerous.
DROMARA V KILCLIEF
Saturday, Bright, 4.30pm
DROMARA have been operating at a higher level than all the other teams in Junior Championship action this weekend, and that should show. Kilclief are a potential banana skin however so they’ll need to be tuned in.