The semi-finals of the Intermediate Championship
are up for decision on Saturday evening.
Hilltown will be the venue for the meeting
of Kilcoo and Rostrevor. Both sides met
last Saturday in a league encounter which
the reds won easily but the championship
is a different ball game and Kilcoo with
one eye on this upcoming game may have held
a little in reserve. Rostrevor as league
leaders will certainly start as favourites
but Kilcoo are wily old campaigners and
I certainly wouldn’t rule out an upset
come the long whistle in Clonduff Pairc.
The other semi-final will see Bright and
Carryduff meet in Downpatrick. Carryduff
were the early league pacesetters and appeared
untouchable at one point but recent results
has seen them come up short. If they can
re-discover their early league form and
their forward line clicks then they are
more than capable of holding their own.
Bright on the other hand have had a very
consistent league campaign and they will
be looking forward to this tie with some
relish. They are strong in the middle sector
with a forward line capable of knocking
up big scores given the opportunity. If
their defence can hold tight then I would
expect them to advance to the final with
a little to spare.
Clonduff and Castlewellan are the only two
contenders for honours in the Senior league.
Clonduff with one extra game and the easier
looking run in appear to hold the advantage
and are therefore favourites for the title.
In the Intermediate league, Rostrevor lead
Bright by a point at the top with one game
left to play. Ballymartin are steadily making
ground and if they can win their games in
hand they are capable of sneaking the title
or forcing a play-off situation. In the
Junior league Shamrocks have led from the
start and unless there is a total collapse
in their last 3 games they should romp home
with a 100% league record. Aughlisnafin
is the only challenger and are secure of
the runner-up spot.
Saval 5-03 Annaclone 1-04
Kilcoo 1-08 Rostrevor 5-12
Carryduff 1-06 Ballymartin 2-11
Bright 7-14 Tullylish 0-03
Down Ladies Intermediate Championship Semi-Finals
Saturday 9th August @ 7:00pm
Kilcoo v Rostrevor (Con Reynolds)
Carryduff v Bright (Paul Preece)