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Four Compelling Club GAA Games This Weekend

Four Compelling Club GAA Games This Weekend
By Paul Shaughnessy Updated

With the inter-county game now having came to a close for 2022 it's the club GAA game that takes priority for the next couple of months.

For supporters across the country their eyes will be pealed to see how inter-county players are doing for their clubs. While for inter-county managers they will be to looking to see if they can find their next star throughout the club championship.

Here's four club GAA championship games worth keeping an eye out for this weekend.

Four brilliant club GAA ties to track this weekend

Saturday 13th August GAA club games

Cork Senior Football Championship Group C Round Two

Castlehaven vs Nemo Rangers- Live on Irish Examiner 7pm Clonakilty

In a repeat of the 2020 Cork senior football championship final Castlehaven meet Nemo Rangers. There is plenty of talent on show in this encounter with Cork seniors hurlers Conor and Damien Cahalane, Cork senior footballers Jack Cahalane, Brian Hurley, while Michael Hurley and Mark Collins who were part of the rebels senior football panel but took a year out of the panel for 2022 are all part of the Castlehaven ranks.

29 August 2021; Jack Cahalane of Castlehaven in action against Kevin O'Donovan during the 2020 Cork GAA County Senior Club Football Championship Final match between between Castlehaven and Nemo Rangers at Páirc Ui Chaoimh in Cork. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Nemo Rangers still remain top of the Cork SFC roll of honour with 22 titles last winners of the champiosnhip in 2020. Similiarly to Castlehaven glittered with talent all over the field which include Kieran Histon, Kevin O'Donovan, Paul Kerrigan, Luke Connolly, Barry O'Driscoll and Mark Cronin as well as Cork shot-stopper Micheal Martin.

Both sides opened Group C with a win, so this weekend has huge significance for both sides to secure top-spot in the group.

Galway Senior Football Championship Group B Round Two

Annaghdown vs Salthill-Knocknacarra- 7pm Tuam Stadium

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County champions Mountbellew-Moylough got their championship campaign off to a winning start last weekend with a 2-13 - 0-13 point victory over Annaghdown. Both Annaghdown and Salthill-Knocknacarra will feel whoever can come out on top of this tie it could really kick start their season.

In the Galway championship the group systems contains three groups of the six with the two teams in each group and the two best placed third place teams advancing to the quarter final. Neither side will want to be relying on third place to advance to the knockout stages of the competition.

Salthill-Knocknacarra have assembled quite an impressive management team with 1998 and 2001 All-Ireland winning manager John O'Mahony in charge of city based outfit with former Galway footballers Finian Hanley and Sean Armstrong involved in his backroom team which saw Salthill-Knocknacrra defeat Barna by nine points last weekend.

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It will be an interesting contest which could right down to the wire  with everything at stake which sees county teammates Damien Comer of Annaghdown come up against Robert Finnerty.

Dublin Senior Hurling Championship Group One Round Three 

Cuala vs Na Fianna- 17:30pm Parnell Park 

Both sides will find it to hard to know where they're at heading into this clash. The Dublin senior hurling championship has been restructured this year into two groups of five which means each side will have a bye throughout the group stage.

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13 November 2021; Liam Rushe of Na Fianna scores a point during the Go Ahead Dublin GAA County Senior Club Hurling Championship Final match between Na Fianna and Kilmacud Crokes at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Cuala and Na Fianna have already had their bye in group one. Na Fianna found way over St Judes. While Cuala will feel they are elements of their performance they can improve on after the Dalkey outfit got past St Oliver Plunketts. Like all the clashes this weekend there is plenty of talent on display with Donal Burke, Shane Barrett, Liam Rushe and Currie Brothers Sean and Colin all key for the Mobhi road based side.

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Cuala will look to get back to the form in the past which saw them compete for All-Ireland honours in 2017 and 2018 but know they will have take approach of one game at a time with the competitive nature of Dublin club hurling club scene looking to likes of brother Sean and David Treacy, Colm Cronin and Mark Schutte for inspiration.

Sunday 14th August GAA club games

Wexford Senior Hurling Championship Final 

Ferns St Aidan's vs St Martin's- 14:00pm Wexford Park

This is one of the first hurling county finals taking place. In Wexford they run their split season with hurling take place first and then the Club football championship takes after the club hurling season is finished.

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St Martins stunned Naomh in the county semi final but have suffered a major setback this weekend as it looks like Jack and Rory O'Connor will play no part this Sunday due to injury. While the Ferns came through a huge test against the Rapparees where they just came out on top in the end and will look to a huge performance from Wexford forward.

11 June 2022; Paudie Foley of Wexford during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Preliminary Quarter-Final match between Kerry and Wexford at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Kerry. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

With the news that Paudie Foley will be unavailable for the Slaneysiders for 2023 and it is still unclear whether Shane and Damien Reck will be with Wexford in 2023 as both players are still away in Australia and have no date on their date. Darragh Egan will be a keen spectator this weekend to try and find some new talent.

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