Derry hurlers can book their place in the Christy Ring Cup final if they see off the challenge of Sligo in today’s semi-final at Owenbeg (2.00).
The Oak Leaf side, taking their inspiration from skipper Cormac O’Doherty, have looked sharp of late while Sligo are fresh from their win over Roscommon.
In addition to O’Doherty, Odhran McKeever, Gerald Bradley, Brian Cassidy and Sé Bradley are key players in the Derry line-up.
In the Nickey Rackard Cup, Mayo will face Armagh at Carrick-on-Shannon (1.30) while Tyrone will take on Donegal at Carrickmore (2.00).
Armagh manager Padraig O’Connor will look to Eoin McGuinness, Ciaran Clifford, Fiontainn Donnelly, Danny Magee and Paddy McBride to fire up his side while his Red Hands counterpart Michael McShane will rely on Lorcan Devlin, Damian Casey and Rory Weir for inspiration.
Donegal have looked sharp of late and Declan Coulter, Ronan McDermott, Ritchie Ryan and Bernard Lafferty could have key roles today.
In the Lory Meagher Cup semi-finals Longford will host Fermanagh at Glennon Bros. Park, Longford while Louth will travel to Kingspan Breffni to take on Cavan (2.15).
Meanwhile, in the All-Ireland Ladies football championship Armagh face a difficult assignment against Mayo at Ballinamore today (2.00).
The Orchard County have chalked up two wins to date but will need to be on their toes if they are to make it a hat-trick of wins.
Aimee Mackin, Aoife McCoy, Caroline O’Hanlon, Clodagh McCambridge and Kelly Mallon can help to fire up the side.
Tyrone will meet Waterford at St Loman’s, Mullingar (2.00) where skipper Tori McLaughlin will bid to spark a solid team performance while niamh O’Neill is hoping to maintain the form which has made her one of the most impressive finishers in the ladies sphere.
in the All-Ireland Junior Championship Antrim meet Limerick at Tang (Co. Westmeath) where they will hope to hit top form against their Shannonsiders.
Donegal have a difficult mission against Kerry in Tuam (5.00) while neighbours Cavan and Monaghan will square up to each other at Kingspan Breffni (6.00). Donegal manager Maxi Curran is hoping that his side can show that they have recovered from their setback against Galway and he will be looking to Geraldine McLaughlin in particular to spark what he hopes will prove a scoring spree.
In the All-Ireland Senior camogie championship Down face a huge task against Cork at Pairc Esler, Newry today (3.00). The Mourne side will look to players such as Niamh Mallon and Sara Louise Graffin, assuming she is passed fit, to sow the seeds for what they hope will prove a fruitful performance.
Graffin is viewed as a key component of the Mourne side and her absence would be keenly felt.
In the All-Ireland intermediate championship Laois will meet Derry at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise (2.30) today where the Oak Leaf side will be under pressure. Tomorrow in the same competition Antrim are due to host Kilkenny’s second string at Dunloy (2.00) in a match which should have considerable appeal.