INTERCOUNTY players will not be returning to their clubs when the Senior Football League Division 1 throws in at venues around the county on Friday. Even though the players have been given a week off, Niall Carew, the Carlow senior football manager, confirmed as much on Saturday.
Potentially the tastiest game of the evening is Palatine and Éire Óg with two former county managers squaring up to each other. Pado Flynn managed the Carlow under 20 hurlers and here he is in Palatine with a football team. Not that he was ever too far away, Turlough O’Brien has returned home to YI country. Both managers are characters and no doubt we will hear a lot more of them later in the season.
Reigning county champions, Rathvilly, take on Bagenalstown Gaels who gave them quite a scare in last year’s championship. All that is water under the bridge now but the challengers will fell the loss of Jamie Clarke a lot more than Rathvilly will miss Conor Doyle who are tied in with the Carlow senior footballers.
Tinryland and Old Leighlin will feel the league is a good place for them to feel their way into the season. Both have a lot to prove and the absence of Mikey and Seanie Bambrick is sure to hurt Old Leighlin. No matter what though, somebody’s absence will give other players an opportunity to show what they can do.
Division 2 actually began last weekend with a draw between Naomh Eoin and Kildavin-Clonegal but for the rest of the teams, they will kickstart their season this weekend.
FIXTURES: Senior Football League Division 1, Friday 1 April at 7.30pm
Tinryland v Old Leighlin (8pm)
Bagenalstown Gaels v Rathvilly
Palatine v Éire Óg
St Patricks Bye
Senior Football League Division 3, Saturday 2 April at 6.30pm
Clonmore v Palatine
Old Leighlin v Ballon
Bagenalstown Gaels v Fighting Cocks
Leighlinbridge v Tinryland
Senior Football League Division 4, Saturday 2 April at 6.30pm
Naomh Eoin v Éire Óg
Rathvilly v Fenagh
Senior Football League Division 2, Sunday 3 April at 6pm
O Hanrahans v Railyard
Mt Leinster Rangers v Fenagh
Naomh Eoin v Eire Og
Ballinabranna v Kilbride
Bolger Shield, Monday 4 April at 7.30pm
Mt Leinster Rangers v Naomh Moling
Carlow Town v Palatine
Burren Rangers Bye
Bolger Cup, Tuesday 5 April at 7.30pm
Naomh Moling v Ballinkillen
Naomh Bríd v Naomh Eoin
Mt. Leinster Rangers v Bagenalstown Gaels