Thursday, May 09, 2013
The quest for the Kildare club football championship titles begins this weekend

The quest for the Kildare club football championship titles begins this weekend

It’s the biggest weekend of the club season so far as the Kildare football championship gets underway this weekend.

Reigning senior champions Sarsfields begin the defence of their crown against Ballymore while newly promoted Monasterevin begin life back in the senior ranks against Clane. Last year’s junior champions Clogherinkoe face Round Towers, who were relegated from senior last year while perennial junior favourites Two Mile House begin their championship quest against Rathcoffey.

As football fever builds across the county, the Kildare Nationalist GAA pundits have made their predictions for the weekend. See if you can beat the pundits this weekend by sending your predictions to [email protected] We will keep a league table of all entries and there will be two tickets for the winner to go to the Leinster SFC first round clash between Kildare and Offaly at Croke Park on 1 June. So get your entries in before the games begin on Friday evening.

THE PUNDITS’ PICKS

BRENDAN COFFEY – KILDARE NATIONALIST SPORTS EDITOR

SFC: Sarsfields, Clane, St Laurence’s, Celbridge, Carbury, Confey, Moorefield, Suncroft

IFC: Kilcock, Raheens, Kilcullen, Ellistown, Rathangan, Castledermot, Caragh, Round Towers

JFC: Rheban, Ballykelly, Two Mile House, Straffan

Bankers: Sarsfields, Round Towers, Two Mile House

Bismarcks: Athy, Johnstownbridge, Castlemitchell

GER MCNALLY – KILDARE NATIONALIST GAA WRITER

SFC: Sarsfields, Clane, St Laurence’s, Celbridge, Athy, St Kevins, Moorefield, Maynooth

IFC: Kilcock, Raheens, Ballyteague, Ellistown, Rathangan, Johnstownbridge, Kill, Round Towers

JFC: Rheban, Castlemitchell, Two Mile House, Straffan

Bankers: Sarsfields, Rathangan, Two Mile House

Bismarcks: Clane, Ellistown, Straffan

MARK MILLHAM – FORMER NAAS SENIOR FOOTBALL MANAGER, KILDARE SFC CHAMPION 1990

SFC: Sarsfields, Clane, St Laurence’s, Naas, Athy, Confey, Moorefield, Maynooth

IFC: Kilcock, Raheens, Ballyteague, Ellistown, Rathangan, Johnstownbridge, Kill, Round Towers

JFC: Rheban, Ballykelly, Two Mile House, Straffan

Bankers: Moorefield, Round Towers, Two Mile House

Bismarcks: Maynooth, Kill, Castlemitchell

FIXTURES

JFC Round 1

Rheban V Cappagh; Ballykelly V Castlemitchell;  Two Mile House V Rathcoffey; Miltown V Straffan – Straffan

IFC Round 1

Sallins V Kilcock; Raheens V Eadestown; Kilcullen V Ballyteague; Ellistown V Nurney; Rathangan V Robertstown; Johnstownbridge V Castledermot; Caragh V Kill; Clogherinkoe V Round Towers

SFC Round 1

Ballymore Eustace V Sarsfields; Monasterevan V Clane; Allenwood V St Laurence’s; Celbridge V Naas; Athy V Carbury; Confey V St Kevin’s; Moorefield V Leixlip; Suncroft V Maynooth

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