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Terence 'Sambo' McNaughton
Terence 'Sambo' McNaughton
Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

ULSTER SENIOR CLUB HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP

SLAUGHTNEIL (Derry) v DUNLOY (Antrim) (Tomorrow, Pairc Esler, 3.00pm)

Dunloy. For reasons why, look elsewhere on this spread, but there is a feeling that so much unfinished business is attached to their 2017 semi-final defeat that they cannot let it happen again.

If they can match Slaughtneil physically, that is.

VERDICT: Dunloy

ULSTER CAMOGIE FINAL

LOUGHGIEL (Antrim) v SLAUGHTNEIL (Derry) (Tomorrow, Pairc Esler, 1.00pm)

Two great rivals meet again after serving us up great entertainment over the last few Ulster finals.

Slaughtneil may be going for four All-Ireland titles in a row, but they are severely hampered by the loss of Brona and Eilis Ní Chaisidh who are on their travels at present.

Under PJ O'Mullan, who guided the senior hurlers to an All-Ireland in 2012, a shock may be in store.

VERDICT: Loughgiel

ULSTER INTERMEDIATE CLUB HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP

ST ENDA'S (Antrim) v DUNGANNON (Tyrone) (Today, Owenbeg, 4.00pm)

This could be something of a fairytale for Terence 'Sambo' McNaughton. In charge of a team outside Cushendall and Antrim for the first time, he has only tasted defeat with St Enda's once this season, and that came in a league game against Sarsfields as they claimed the league and championship.

However, they were somewhat under par against Down's Bredagh in the Ulster semi-final. The consolation is that Dungannon themselves were erratic against Lisbellaw.

Dungannon have been pressing their case well as a club and, with Damian Casey on board, it will take a lot to stop them.

VERDICT: Dungannon

ULSTER JUNIOR CLUB HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP

NEWRY SHAMROCKS (Down) v COLERAINE (Derry) (Today, The Dub, 2.00pm)

Such are the vagaries of the Ulster club hurling structures, that it wasn't so long ago Eoghan Rua Coleraine were playing St Brigid's of Cloughmills in the Ulster intermediate final of 2016 on one of the coldest and foggiest days hurling has ever been played on (take it from someone who had to walk up and down the sidelines following play to record the scores).

Their experience at a higher level makes them warm favourites, but Ronan Sheehan, Down hurling manager and player-manager with Newry, is a man who is capable of anything.

VERDICT: Coleraine

ALL-IRELAND JUNIOR CAMOGIE CHAMPIONSHIP

BALLYMACNAB (Armagh) v CLANMAURICE (Kerry) (Tomorrow, Banagher, Offaly, 2.00pm)

The Armagh girls had another fixture recently they might not have been banking on when they saw off London champions Tara in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

They are coming up against a seasoned team in Clanmaurice, who have claimed the last three Munster titles and who enjoy a more busy programme of games.

VERDICT: Clanmaurice

ALL-IRELAND LADIES F'BALL SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

DONAGHMOYNE (Monaghan) v MOURNEABBEY (Cork) (Tomorrow, Mourneabbey, 1pm)

The queenpins of Ulster football looked as if they might begin to struggle somewhat after they lost the Ulster final in 2017 to Tyrone's St Macartan's, but they have used that to start a mini-revival in their fortunes and stand just one game away from another chance at an All-Ireland final.

However, their task could not be greater. Mourneabbey of Cork have been a similarly dominant team within their own county and province and recently acquired the playing services of Dublin star Noelle Healy, to go along with the O'Sullivan sisters Brid and Ciara.

VERDICT: Mourneabbey

ALL-IRELAND LADIES FOOTBALL INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

ST PAUL'S (Antrim) v ST NATHY'S (Sligo) (Tomorrow, St Paul's, 1.00pm)

Antrim champions St Paul's surprised many with their Ulster final defeat of Fermanagh's Kinawley in Emyvale a few short weeks ago.

Driven on by Kirsty McGuinness, the Belfast girls withstood a Kinawley fightback and secured their Ulster title in a gritty thriller.

Given the game is being hosted in Belfast, they have a damn good chance, too.

VERDICT: St Paul's

ALL-IRELAND LADIES F'BALL JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

EDENDORK (Tyrone) v CL McHALE ROVERS (Mayo) (Tomorrow, Edendork, 1.00pm)

The return of Maeve Maxwell from a long-standing injury problem has transformed Edendork this season and to date she has compiled 6-74 in her seven championship games this campaign.

VERDICT: Edendork

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