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Your Essential Guide To An Absolutely Blockbuster Sporting Weekend On TV

Your Essential Guide To An Absolutely Blockbuster Sporting Weekend On TV
By Maurice Brosnan
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With temperatures forecast for 20ºC this weekend, the conditions will provide an ideal background to glimpse through the window as you make yourself comfortable on whatever sofa/barstool/recliner you opt for in order to take in this jam-packed sporting weekend. With four finals on Saturday alone, the day is reserved for prime entertainment across four codes.

Here at balls.ie, we have created your essential guide to a superb two days of sport. It all kicks off in the early hours of Saturday morning.


Celtics vs Cavaliers, NBA playoffs, BT Sport 1, 1.30am.

The series is currently 3-2 to the Celtics, so this game could be the decider unless Lebron James has something to say about it.

Exeter vs Saracens, English Premiership final, BT Sport 1, 3.00pm.

A rematch of 2016's game while Exeter are in a third final in as many years.

Racing 92 vs Castres, Top 14 semi-final, Sky Sports Action, 3.45pm.

Donnacha Ryan's quest for some much-deserved silverware hinges on Saturday's encounter. With the Champions Cup seedings still up for deciding Munster will keep a keen eye on this fixture.

Aston Villa vs Fulham, Championship Play-off final, Sky Sports Main Event 5.00pm.

Plenty of Irish involvement here as Glen Whelan, Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan and Cyrus Christie will all hope to be involved in football's most expensive game.

Leinster vs Scarlets, Pro14 final, Sky Sports Action 6.00pm.

Leinster's quest for a double takes them up against their Champions Cup semi-final opponents in a rematch of last year's final.


Real Madrid vs Liverpool, Champions League final, RTE 2 7.45pm.


Last but certainly not least, Real Madrid look for a remarkable third Champions League title in a row while Liverpool are on the cusp of a shock European success.

NB: None of these games are televised, but make sure to position yourself close to a radio as a crammed GAA calendar continues with Leitrim vs Roscommon (5.30pm) Tipperary vs Cork (7.00pm) and Offaly vs Wexford (7.00pm) all set for Saturday alone.


Warriors vs Rockets, NBA Playoffs, BT Sport 1, 2am.

Also currently tied 2-2 although game five is on Friday. The highly-fancied Warriors still hope to overcome Oakland's side within six games.


Tipperary vs Cork, Senior Hurling Championship, RTE 2, 2.00pm.

Tipperary are under huge pressure to avoid unexpected back-to-back losses and face Cork in the second round of the Munster round-robin championship.

England v Barbarians, Sky Sports Action, 3.00pm.

Irish involvement here as Connacht's Niyi Adeolokun, Denis Buckley and Ultan Dillane are all in the Barbarians squad for Sunday’s Quilter Cup match.

Galway vs Kilkenny, Senior Hurling Championship, RTE 2, 4.00pm.

Galway's long-awaited hopes for a home Championship game are over under the new format and they will be licking their lips at the prospect of Kilkenny coming down to Salthill on Sunday.


Derry v Donegal, Senior Football Championship, BBC 2 NI (deferred) 7.00pm.

The Ulster quarter-final will take place at Celtic Park with throw-in at 4.00pm but BBC NI will some deferred coverage that evening.

The Sunday Game, RTE 2, 9.30pm.

Highlights from a blockbuster weekend of GAA action.

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