Local derbies come out of draw

WITH Crossmaglen Rangers continuing to dominate the Senior Championship in Armagh, this years Intermediate series could provide fans with a great amount of excitement.

Several local derbies were pulled out of the hat, two of which will take place in an enthralling double bill at Clann Eireann Park on Sunday August 11th at the Shore Road venue with a 2.30pm throw-in. Eire Og will play St. Paul’s followed by a clash between last years semi-final pairing of St Peter’s and Wolfe Tones.

On Friday August 9th at St Peter’s, Clan na Gael will play Lurgan rivals Clann Eireann. Sarsfields Senior championship first round game against the winners of Whitecross and St. Patrick’s will take place over the weekend of 13th, 14th, and 15th of September.

While probably only three teams could realistically challenge for senior honours a host of clubs would fancy their chances in the Intermediate section. Ironically both Clann Eireann and Clan na Gael who clash in the first round could be fancied to lift the title. Some clubs have voiced concerns over the restructuring of the All County Leagues which could be completed when the Championships begin in August leaving, in some cases, clubs who have an early Championship exit facing an eight month break before the start of the next season.