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Quarter finals to provide lively fare

The capacity of Cusack Park where the main stand side is closed, is expected to be tested next week when the quarter finals of the senior hurling championship take place. The draw has thrown up four very interesting pairings, each of which is expected to attract a big attendance.

Champions Cratloe will put their title on the line when they face their neighbours Sixmilebridge who won the title in 2013.

Ballyea and Kilmaley will face each other in a repeat of round 2 when Ballyea were victorious.

There will be another local derby clash when neighbours Crusheen take on Clooney-Quin while the final game will see Clonlara and Newmarket in opposition..

The winners of the Sixmilebridge /Cratloe game will go on to play Crusheen or Clooney-Quin in the semi-final which leaves the winners of the Ballyea v Kilmaley game going on to play either Clonlara or Newmarket

In the senior B championship the semi-final pairings are O’Callaghans Mills v Eire og and Inagh-Kilnamona v Tulla.

The pairings for the intermediate hurling championship were also decided and lively contests are also expected here. Smith O’Briens will play the winners of the third round replay between Ruan and Scariff, Broadford face Clarecastle, Parteen will take on S=ixmilebridge while Wolfe Tones will be up against Corofin.

In the semi-finals Broadford or Clarecastle will face Parteen or Sixmilebridge while Wolfe Tones or Corofin will take on either Smith O’Briens, Ruan or Scariff

By Seamus Hayes

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