Joule Park will be the place to be this Sunday as semi-final places are up for grabs in both the Dacia Cars senior hurling championship and the Renault senior football championship.
First to take the field at 1pm will be the hurlers of Kiltegan and Carnew. When they met earlier in the group stage Kiltegan won 0-12 to 1-8 in July. At that stage Carnew looked a pale shadow of the team that has appeared in fourteen of the last twenty Wicklow hurling finals. They have recovered and a fine win over Bray guaranteed them third place in the standings. Kiltegan won the Intermediate in 2016 and a Junior A title followed in 2017 and have assembled a decent panel of players once again. This could be just as close as their July meeting and could go either way.
At 2-45pm Eire Óg and St Patricks meet in an intriguing tie. St Pats almost dethroned Bray Emmets in last years semi-final and will want to go one step further this year. In Andy O’Brien they have a one man scoring machine and Eire Óg know that his threat will have to be curbed for them to win. Eire Óg have had a mixed bag of results with injuries to key players taking its toll on their squad. They shocked Carnew at the same stage in 2017 and it won’t be a surprise to many if they reach the last four again. A hesitant vote to St Pats in this one.
Finally at 4-15pm the footballers of Baltinglass and Hollywood get their turn. In the second of this seasons quarter finals the all West pairing is sure to be a classic. Baltinglass finished in third place behind St Pats and AGB and will be delighted to be still in the race after an indifferent campaign. Hollywood lost out to Rathnew in the play-off for second spot in their group but have been one of the best teams on show in 2018 and will want to keep their run going in championship. Another close game is anticipated here with the draw for the semi-finals taking place afterwards.
Admission to Joule Park on Sunday will be €10 for adults and €5 for OAP’S and students with ID.