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Calling the shots

 

By Declan Bogue

ALL-IRELAND CAMOGIE FINAL

SLAUGHTNEIL v NA PIARSAIGH

(Saturday, Clones, 3.30pm)

Nothing will change our minds from last week’s predictions that stated Slaughtneil should retain their title and deservedly write themselves into the history books.

VERDICT: Slaughtneil

NFL DIVISION ONE

TYRONE v KERRY

(Sunday, Healy Park, 3pm)

Nothing at stake here, but the chance to try a few tactical adjustments, and the chance to lay down a marker for later in the summer. The result is largely irrelevant.

VERDICT: Tyrone

NFL DIVISION ONE

DUBLIN v MONAGHAN

(Sunday, Croke Park, 3pm)

Dublin will rotate the team and there is no good reason why Malachy O’Rourke shouldn’t follow suit as he has been building panel depth this season. A good coaching job all round by both managers. 

VERDICT: Dublin

NFL DIVISION ONE

DONEGAL v MAYO

(Sunday, Ballybofey, 3pm)

Donegal have the chance to relegate Mayo for the first time in 21 years. But do they have the quality? Their home record should count for something.

VERDICT: Donegal

NFL DIVISION TWO

MEATH v DOWN

(Sunday, Navan, 3pm)

A defeat here could leave Down in serious bother. There’s no indicators that show they can avoid it.

VERDICT: Meath

NFL DIVISION TWO

CAVAN v TIPPERARY

(Sunday, Kingspan Breffni, 3pm)

Given that Tipperary are likely to beat Down in their last game, nothing but two points is the task awaiting Mattie McGleenan’s men.

Secure those, and they are back in the top flight with a serious turnover of players. A good management job all round then so.

VERDICT: Cavan

NFL DIVISION THREE

LONGFORD v FERMANAGH

(Sunday, Pearse Park, 3pm)

Winner takes all in Pearse Park, with the carrot of Division Two tantalising for Longford, whereas Fermanagh have experienced it before. A brave team selection could win it for the visitors.

VERDICT: Fermanagh

NFL DIVISION THREE

WEXFORD v ARMAGH

(Sunday, Wexford Park, 3pm)

With Armagh already up, this is merely a chance for the possibles to give a nudge into the direction of the possibles for Kieran McGeeney’s future plans.

VERDICT: Armagh

NFL DIVISION THREE

SLIGO v DERRY

(Sunday, Markievicz Park, 3pm)

Derry should have enough with what they have coming back and what is already there to gain another two points and steer into safety.

VERDICT: Derry

NFL DIVISION FOUR

LIMERICK v ANTRIM

(Sunday, Gaelic Grounds, 1pm)

Everything on the line for Lenny Harbinson’s men, Antrim’s season would have been geared towards escaping the zombie league of Division Four but they slipped up badly with their draw against Wicklow.

Should still get a result here, though their fate is not entirely in their own hands.

VERDICT: Antrim

NHL RELEGATION PLAY OFF

ARMAGH v DERRY

(Saturday, Ballyshannon, 3pm)

Two teams with little appetite for this game, Derry have shipped too many losses of quality players to be reasonably optimistic.

Armagh will want to avoid the drop for the second successive season.

VERDICT: Armagh

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