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ULSTER SENIOR CLUB HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP

SLAUGHTNEIL v MIDDLETOWN (Tomorrow, Athletic Grounds, 12.45pm)

Middletown are missing Cahal Carville through long-term injury, while Slaughtneil are rested up well for this one. It has to be the Derry kingpins to make it back to an Ulster final.

VERDICT: Slaughtneil

DUNLOY v BALLYCRAN (Tomorrow, Athletic Grounds, 2.30pm)

Dunloy's contest in the Antrim final against Cushendall will live long in the memory for the quality on the day, but what might not have been appreciated is how they withstood Cushendall's gameplan of keeping the ball in the air, which was a testament to the strength and conditioning work achieved under Eoin McNicholl.

Ballycran shocked Slaughtneil last year, but it's fair to say the element of surprise is gone here. Gary Savage's men are fine hurlers and Savage himself acknowledged that they suffered a little stagefright in the final last year. They will keep things interesting right to the end here.

VERDICT: Dunloy

ULSTER INTERMEDIATE CLUB HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP

BREDAGH v ST ENDA'S (Today, Lamh Dhearg, 2.30pm)

Under the management of Terence 'Sambo' McNaughton, the club hurlers are having a season to rival their football counterparts last year at intermediate level.

They have had a strong season to date and have only been beaten once, that defeat coming against Sarsfields.

With players returning from long-term injuries they have been strengthened even further.

Bredagh's current senior team is backboned by last year's successful minors and success will come in time, but not against a hardened St Enda's team in good confidence.

VERDICT: St Enda's

DUNGANNON v KEADY (Today, Newry, 2.30pm)

Keady were in the intermediate final last year when they ran into a strong St Gall's side and came up just short.

Their hopes of going one further took a dent when they were heavily defeated in the county decider with some of their hurling talent in Australia at present.

Dungannon came through a bizarre meeting with Lisbellaw in the last round and will fancy themselves.

Any team with Damian Casey aboard will always fancy themselves.

VERDICT: Dungannon

ULSTER JUNIOR CLUB HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP

COLERAINE v INNISKEEN (Today, Lamh Dhearg, 12.45pm)

In 2016, Coleraine competed in the final of the Ulster Intermediate Championship when they lost to St Brigid's Cloughmills in a pea-souper fog in Ballymena.

They have a number of talented hurlers within their ranks and while a lot of the Inniskeen players are well seasoned with runs for club and county, Coleraine, now under the management of club legend Sean McGoldrick, are the competition favourites.

VERDICT: Coleraine

NEWRY SHAMROCKS v GORT NA MONA (Today, Ballela, 2.30pm)

There was a sense in how they went about their business in the previous round against Letterkenny Gaels that Gort Na Mona certainly took their Donegal opposition for granted.

Escaping with a late Dessie McClean free, they know they cannot perform at that level again.

VERDICT: Gort Na Mona

DONEGAL FOOTBALL FINAL

GAOTH DOBHAIR v GLENTIES (Tomorrow, Ballybofey, 3.00pm)

These two sides seem to bring out the conservative in each other, as they ground their way to a low-scoring draw last week.

Gaoth Dobhair have more in them with Odhran MacNiallais set to click and Kevin Cassidy still as irrepressible at the edge of the square.

VERDICT: Gaoth Dobhair

ULSTER LADIES SENIOR FOOTBALL FINAL

TERMON v DONAGHMOYNE (Tomorrow, Killyclogher, 3pm)

After their win over St Macartan's, Termon look as if it is their year with Mya Alcorn sensational at midfield at just 17.

VERDICT: Termon

ULSTER LADIES INTERMEDIATE F'BALL FINAL

ST PAUL'S v KINAWLEY (Today, Emyvale, 2.00pm)

St Paul's have been absolutely annihilating teams on their way through the Antrim Championship, registering 12 goals in the final against St Gall's before further huge wins over Gowna and Kilcoo in Ulster.

Up against Kinawley, however, they will struggle as they have seven starters for the Fermanagh county team.

VERDICT: Kinawley

ULSTER LADIES JUNIOR FOOTBALL FINAL

EDENDORK v NAOMH MUIRE (Tomorrow, Killyclogher, 1.00pm)

Edendork look the part this year and have Meave Maxwell to thank for 3-66 across six Championship games.

VERDICT: Edendork

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