Tuesday, August 04, 2020
In Group A of the Senior Championship sees Eadestown at home to Leixlip. A tough game to start for both clubs who are under new management with ex Kildare Minor Manager Gavan Doyle taking charge of Eadestown while the visitors have current Kildare Senior Ladies S&C coach and last year’s Maynooth manager Stephen Sheeran at the reigns.
Eadestown didn’t feature last year only winning the one game and Leixlip recorded an 11 point win over them in the round robin stages but were well beaten themselves in the final by a strong Confey outfit. It’s going to be a closer contest this year with both clubs boasting a lot of talented footballers. It will be interesting to see the contrasting styles both managers bring to the table when the action gets underway at 7pm.
The second game in group A sees a Newbridge Derby where Sarsfields welcome Moorefield. Only 3 points separated the sides in last year’s championship with the Sash taking the honours on that occasion. Sarsfields will be bouyed by their Div 2 league win and see the welcome return of Roisin Byrne to the fold after been out with injury and will hope to go one step further than last years semi final. Moorefield are a relatively young side yet still have seasoned campaigners such as Amber Masterson and Mary Hulgraine  to call upon. WIll that mix of youth and experience be enough to kick off their campaign on a positive note? The action gets underway at 7.30pm.

Roisin Byrne’s return is a big boost for Sarsfields ahead of the local derby with Moorefield
Photo: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Senior Championship Group B starts with last years champions Confey, welcoming last year’s Intermediate champions Carbury to the club for what has the potential to be a closer game than many people might expect. Confey have lost a few players from last years campaign but have installed a new manager with Shane ( Shorty) McCormack. They will be looking to make an impact from the off and attempt to bring back to back championship titles to the club something that hasn’t been achieved in the county since their neighbours Leixlip did it back in 2008, 09.

Former Kildare goalkeeper Shane McCormack in charge of last year’s champions Confey this season
Photo: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Carbury won’t fear the challenge that’s ahead and are well capable of causing an upset, they certainly have the talent that can match the home side and won’t be bossed about in the physical side of things. It’s a game that might see fireworks long before Halloween comes around. The action gets underway at 7.30pm.
The final senior game of the night sees St Laurences welcome Suncroft to Old Grange. Suncroft have held their own since promotion to the senior ranks and like many clubs are itching to get back into action again. The home side is another club that sees another managerial change with Eoin Wheeler taking over from John Dunne. Larries were last years beaten semi finalists and have lost a few players since that defeat. They will boast a youthful side this year that still has plenty of experience and will be determined to start on a positive note. Action gets underway at 7.45pm.
The 2020 Intermediate Championship sees the eight clubs split into two groups of four and will having some cracking ties in store on Tuesday evening.
The first game in group A pits last year’s beaten finalists Kilcullen at home to Trinity Gaels. Kilcullen have made great strides over the past number of years at underage level winning leagues and championships and that success is feeding into their senior team. All of which is showing signs that rewards aren’t far from reach and are contenders to go one better than last year. Trinity Gaels an amalgamation of Ballykelly & Kildangan Nurney sees both clubs come together to provide adult football due to lack of numbers within their own clubs. While they are still finding the going tough their are signs from recent challenge games that they are turning the corner. The action gets underway at 7.30pm.

Last year’s winning captain for Kilcullen, Eimear McBride

The second game in group A sees last year’s Junior A champions Kilcock  home to Naas. Kilcock had a roller coaster of a season in 2019 winning the Kildare Championship and then getting a second bite of the cherry in their  Leinster campaign to see them narrowly miss out on glory losing to Meath’s Navan O’Mahonys in the Leinster final. When Naas got promoted to Intermediate a few years back it was at Kilcock’s expense when they defeated them. Naas have had a few barren years in between but they did reach the final in 2018 only to lose out to Suncroft. They won the Div 3 league the same year and were defeated in last year’s Div 2 league final by Sarsfields. Both sides have the potential to do well and Tuesdays game is going to be non stop action with very little to choose between them. The action gets underway at 7pm
In group B  Monasterevin welcome last year’s beaten semi finalists Maynooth to the club. We suggest you bring your calculators to this one. If last year’s corresponding tie is anything to go by this will be a high scoring affair from start to finish. Maynooth recorded a home victory on that occasion 7-11 to 4-19, both teams will certainly give supporters plenty of excitement on the night as they kick start their campaign. Throw in is at 7.30pm.
The other game in group B sees Balyna who were relegated from the senior ranks in 2019 sees them make the trip down to Clane. Balyna are a team in transition having lost a number of key players through retirement and it will be an unfamiliar side that takes to the field Tuesday evening. Clane are another team in transition where they struggled in last years campaign finding the going tough. Clane won’t have the services of Kiri Lowry and Sinead Healy to call upon who will be a massive loss to them. It looks as if both sides will go into the game on an even keel leaving it hard to call a winner here. An intriguing contest in store. The action gets underway at 7pm.
Our Junior A Championship consists of just the 4 teams this year and they will play a series of 3 round robin games.
Our first game sees a repeat of last year’s semi final between Rathangan and Cappagh. Rathangan won that game after a close fought contest but lost out to Kilcock in the final. Cappagh did inflict a heavy defeat on Rathangan in the group stages but Rathangan had already qualified for the semi final at that stage. Memories of last years defeat will still hurt and the visitors will need to be at their best if they are to take the spoils tomorrow evening. The action gets underway at 7.45pm
Our second game sees last year’s junior B champions Kill welcome Na Fianna to the club.  Na Fianna have been  unlucky in this competition, runners up in 2016,17,18 and were last years beaten semi finalists losing to eventual winners Kilcock. They boast a young side but one with plenty of experience that will want to lay down an early marker to other teams in the group.
Kill’s success last year was a weight off their shoulders, as like Na Fianna, they themselves were knocking on the door for a long time loosing semi finals and finals. This is going to be a tough game for the home side to start their campaign with but they won’t let the visitors have it all their own way.
The action gets underway at 7.30pm.
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