A massive weekend for Kildare GAA gets under way on Friday evening with the opening games in the senior, intermediate and junior football championships down for decision, writes TOMMY CALLAGHAN.
Sarsfields and Naas open the way in the senior championship and that eagerly awaited game throws-in at St. Conleth’s Park at 7.30.
The intermediate championship opener takes place in Round Towers when Monasterevin and Ellistown go head-to-head also at 7.30 while in the junior Clogherinkoe take on Cappagh (at Johnstownbridge); Rheban play Grangenolvan (Athy) and Milltown and Casltlemitchell clash at Kilcullen, all at 7.30.
On Saturday afternoon the action switches to the senior hurlers and the minor footballers.
Willie Sunderland’s hurlers take on Meath for the third time this season, this time at stake is a semi final spot in the Christy Ring Cup. That games throws-in at 2.30 in Pairc Tailteann while at St. Conleth’s Park, Byran Murphy’s minor side play Louth in the quarter final of the Leinster MFC, this one has a 3 pm start.
Saturday evening sees the resumption of the various championships (all at 7 pm). In the senior Leixlip take on St. Kevin’s at Clane while in the JFC Ardclough play Ballykelly (Moorefield); Kilcullen play Sallins (Ballymore Eustace) and Caragh play local rivals Raheens in Naas.
Sunday is another packed day of action on the local scene. Champions, Athy, take on 2010 champions Moorefield at St. Conlelth’s with a 4.15 start, preceded by Clane and Round Towes at 2.30.
Other senior games on the day sees Carbury play St. Laurences (Hawkfield 12 noon); Maynooth v Allenwood (Sallins at 3); Confey v Ballymore Eustace (Rathcoffey at 5) and the final one sees Suncroft take on many people’s fancy, Celbridge (Hawkfield at 6 pm).
The junior championsip on Sunday includes Two MIle House playing Rathcoffey (Caragh 12 noon) while in the intermediate grade, Robertstown play Nurney (Sarsfields 1.10); Ballyteague play Casltedermot (Kiclullen 3 pm); Straffan take on Eadestown (Naas 4 pm) Kilcock play Rathangan (Carbury at 6) and the final game sees Kill play Johnstownbridge (Raheens at 6 pm).
A full schedule of games that hopefully will see fans come out in force.