THE JJ Kavanagh & Sons Senior Hurling Championship is very much as expected as we head into the third round this weekend.
Champions Mount Leinster Rangers and perennial challengers St Mullins lead the way as the only two sides to have won both their games so far.
The teams are separated by just three points in the scoring difference, St Mullins on 28 and Rangers on 25, after their two opening round wins. St Mullins saw off last year’s intermediate champions Naomh Bríd in the first game by 4-22 to 0-11 and then beat Naomh Eoin by 1-19 to 0-17.
Rangers had two pretty routine wins as well, 2-18 to 2-5 against Bagenalstown Gaels and 1-25 to 1-13 against Ballinkillen.
The pair will be highly fancied to keep that winning run going this weekend. St Mullins play Bagenalstown at 2pm in Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday and then at the same venue on Sunday at 6.30pm Rangers play Naomh Eoin. In between those game, at 1pm on Sunday, Naomh Bríd go in search of their first win against Ballinkillen.
St Mullins also have two wins from two games in the Intermediate Championship and they host a side with a similar record in Naomh Eoin ay 7.30pm on Saturday. Mount Leinster Rangers will be hoping to take advantage of a loser in that game when they play Ballinkillen at 6.30pm with a chance to potentially move level on points with the second placed team.
The action in the Intermediate Championship this weekend gets underway on Friday at 8pm when Carlow Town host Bagenalstown, with both teams looking for their first win in the competition.
The Junior Championship has been disrupted by withdrawals of Palatine and Naomh Eoin but looks to be hotly contested between the four remaining teams. There’s just the one game this weekend when Burren Rangers host Mount Leinster Rangers on Friday at 8pm.