Although we've still the All Ireland final to come I'm sure that club championship action is in full swing in most counties with others such as our own here in Donegal due to commence in a couple of weeks. How are things shaping up across the country?
In Donegal, Kilcar wrapped up the Division 1 league title quite comfortably. They look to be in rude form heading into the Championship. They'll have Paddy McBrearty and the two McHughs (Ryan and Eoghan) to welcome back as well.
Champions Gaoth Dobhair have suffered a few defeats in the league. But they were missing their county men for a fair chunk and were blooding in some new players. In their last two league fixtures it was ominous to see them dish out two wallopings to Glenswilly and Bundoran. So they look to be timing their bid to retain their crown well.
Beyond those two it's hard to see a bolter emerging to upset the odds. Glenties and Eunans are strong but not on the aforementioned's level I don't think.
Throw a dice in Tyrone - League as it stands Coalisland - Reigning champions, welcome back Hampsey and McKernan. Play Ardboe. Winners play Kilyclogher or Donaghmore Dromore - Consistent performers, good squad potentials there to win it. Play Trillick. Winners play Moy or Clonoe Dungannon - No starred players missing throughout the season, young team and winning 7/9 games only team that got promoted last year to be outside of relegation zone. Play Omagh. Winners play Errigal or Eglish Errigal Ciaran - Normally run away with league. Not so much this year and always fall short in Championship. Ability is definately there just needs to be applied. Play Eglish should be walkover. Play Omagh or Dgn Trillick - Brennan's and Donnelly's pose massive threats capable of beating anyone. (See Dromore) Clonoe - Another team that will always pose a threat. Lost McAliskey last year during the first round and suffered narrow defeat. Play Moy winners play Dromore or Trillick
With top teams drawn against each other like Trillick v Dromore and Coalisland v Ardboe left a few bottom teams drawing each other. 2 out of the bottom 3 play each other in Edendork v Tattyreagh and 2 other teams whom i dont see winning it Derrylaughan v Carrickmore who will then play off against each other will guarentee one of them 4 in the semis.
My pick for top 4. Dromore, Errigal, Carrickmore, Coalisland
Cavan SFC is through its second round of group games and its wide open with only one team, Crosserlough after winning their first two games. They look the form bet at the moment but theirs a group of possibly 5-6 teams which could take this championship which is great to see.
In Antrim the Hurling leagues have been wrapped up and the Football is due to conclude this evening.
Dunloy retained their status of Hulring League Champions ending 4 points the better of Loughgiel in second place. Cushendall can finish third if they defeat St Johns at home this evening but any other result will have the Johnnies holding 3rd spot. The Hurling Championship has already started with the group stages in the Senior underway following the preliminary round where Rossa defeated Ballycastle with quite a bit to spare. After the first two group matches (3 teams in each group) Dunloy beat Cushendall by point in Group 1 and Loughgiel beat St Johns by 6 in Group 2. Rossa and St Galls are the other two teams, one in each group. Top 2 in each group in to semi draw (can't draw same team from group).
In Football, Cargin have one hand one the league trophy and play second place Creggan away in the final game tonight. The only result which will deny them the crown is a 10 point or more defeat. The Senior Championship starts this weekend with the Preliminary round. The first round follows with Cargin, St Galls, St Johns and Creggan joining the following round, the 1/4 final (these happen to be the 4 teams in the top 4 positions in the league). Cargin and St Galls can potentially meet in the semi final with St Johns and Creggan aiming to make the other semi.