Ballyhale set to face O’Loughlin Gaels

REIGNING All-Ireland club hurling champions Ballyhale Shamrocks were last night drawn to face O’Loughlin Gaels in the semi-finals of this year’s Kilkenny SHC as they chase five-in-a-row county senior titles.

The other last four clash will see Carrickshock face off against Erins Own (Castlecomer), with both ties played as a double-header in Nowlan Park on Sunday, October 10.

The beaten finalists in the All-Ireland Club SHC decider last March, Portumna will face Loughrea in the semi-finals of this year’s Galway SHC, in a match that will be a repeat of last year’s county final. Clarinbridge will face last year’s intermediate champions Tynagh Abbey–Duniry in the other semi-final with both games taking place on the weekend of October 10/11.

In this year’s Kildare county senior football semi-finals, champions St Laurence’s will face Sarsfields next Sunday. Last night’s last-four draw also paired Moorefield and Athy in another game scheduled for next Sunday.

Meanwhile, Cork All-Ireland winning defender John Miskella suffered a dislocated elbow while lining out for Ballincollig in Sunday’s Cork SFC fourth-round replay win over Castlehaven yet could still figure in next weekend’s quarter-final tie against St Finbarr’s.

Miskella incurred the injury in an accidental clash with a teammate and received treatment in the Cork University Hospital. He was discharged that night and will see a specialist tomorrow before a decision is made on his availability for next weekend.


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