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FBD Insurance County Championships
There was another action packed weekend of hurling across the county last weekend as games took place in the FBD Insurance County Senior, Premier Intermediate and Intermediate championships. The action in the senior competition got underway in FBD Semple Stadium on Saturday afternoon with the meeting of Holycross Ballycahill and Toomevara in what was an entertaining game of hurling that looked to be heading the Mid teams direction, however Toomevara took control of the game in the second half to emerge with the points on a full time score of Toomevara 2-18, Holycross Ballycahill 0-20. Also on Saturday evening, Kiladangan and Eire Óg Annacarty Donohill met in Dolla and while the men from the west put it up to their northern opponents for a good period of the game, in the end Kiladangan found their rhythm and took control of the game, winning by 1-18 to 0-09 in the end. In Group 1, the action got underway early on Sunday afternoon with both Round 3 games taking place at 12.30pm. In Boherlahan, Clonoulty Rossmore and Moycarkey Borris played a very entertaining game in front of a large crowd. The West champions seemed to be well on top at certain stages of the game but to their credit Moycarkey Borris never gave up and stayed in the game right to the final whistle. But it was Clonoulty Rossmore who came out on top in the end winning by 0-25 to 1-19. The other game in the group took place in the Ragg and was between Nenagh Eire Óg and Kilruane MacDonaghs. This was another close affair and as the game headed into the last 5 minutes there was only a point separating the sides, Nenagh then seemed to spring into life and inspired by county star Jake Morris who scored what can only be described as a wonder goal, Nenagh went on to win by 3-19 to 1-17. FBD Semple Stadium played host to a double header of senior hurling action on Sunday afternoon, the action got underway with the meeting of near neighbours and rivals Loughmore-Castleiney and JK Brackens. The 2021 county champions got off to a lightning start and seemed to be in total control as they lead by 7 points mid way through the opening half, however the Templemore men then settled into the game and by the time half time arrived the lead was down to just 4 points. Jk Brackens got of to the dream start at the beginning of the second half as Lyndon Fairbrother had the ball in the back of the Loughmore-Castleiney net, from there on the game was always in the balance and could have gone either way. When the final whistle was blown both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils as it ended all square 1-16 each. The second game in the stadium was another all Mid clash as Drom & Inch and Thurles Sarsfields went into battle in what was expected to be a titanic encounter, however the game never really came to life and it was the men in green and white who were by far the better side as they set out their stall in very impressive fashion. The full time score in this game was Drom & Inch 3-21, Thurles Sarsfields 0-23. In Nenagh near neighbours Borris-Ileigh and Templederry Kenyons met to decide the outcome of their game and yet again this was a very good game of hurling that was very closely contested for a long period of the game, but in the end the experience and dept of talent that Borris-Ileigh had at their disposal proved to be the difference as they surged ahead in the final quarter running out 0-29 to 0-23 winners.
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