Saturday August 25th
All-Ireland Under 16C Championship Final
Carlow v Mayo, St. Rynagh's GAA, Banagher, Co. Offaly @ 2.30pm
Both Carlow and Mayo have produced efficient performances in their championship campaigns to date. Carlow finished on top of the group, with four wins and one defeat from their five group games and with a highly impressive score tally of 31 goals and 59 points in those five group games. Interestingly, their only defeat came at the hands of Mayo, who recorded a 0-6 to 0-5 victory over Carlow on matchday two.
Mayo only managed a third-place group finish, with Carlow topping the group and Roscommon taking second spot, however it was enough for the green-and-red outfit to qualify for a Semi-Final spot against Roscommon and what a game it turned out to be. Mayo got the better of their opponents by a single point to set them up or a showdown with Carlow in the final.
Sunday August 26th
All-Ireland Under 16A Championship Final
Cork v Galway, MacDonagh Park, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary @ 3pm
A clash of the heavyweights lies ahead as both Cork and Galway finished top of their respective groups. The Rebels overcame the challenges of Dublin, Kilkenny and Clare respectively in the group stages while securing a seven-point victory over Tipperary in the Semi-Finals. The Rebels also scored more and conceded less in their group campaign, so they are in great shape coming into their All-Ireland Final this weekend.
Galway faced a similar fate in their Championship campaign to date, winning three from three (Tipperary, Wexford and Limerick) before battling past the awaiting challenge of Dublin in their Semi-Final fixture. Similar to their pending challengers, Galway have also scored more and conceded less than their group challengers and they will hope to use that experience this coming weekend.
All-Ireland Under 16B Championship Final
Antrim v Derry, St. Joseph's GAA, Ballycran, Co. Down @ 2.30pm
It will be a nicely anticipated Ulster affair in the U16B All-Ireland Final this weekend after Antrim and Derry battled through to the final stages. Interestingly, this is not their first Championship meeting this year as both teams were drawn in the same group, with Derry winning that respective fixture on the opening week of Championship action.
Since then both teams have had impressive performances that have gotten them to this stage. Derry were unbeaten in their group with four wins from four, while they overcame Armagh by a big score in their Semi-Final clash. For Antrim, the only minor setback was their opening round defeat to their challenger’s this weekend, having secured three further wins in the group and a five point win over Offaly last time around.
Under 16 Reserve Competition Final
Cork v Galway, MacDonagh Park, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary @ 1pm
Cork come into this final on the back of two wins and a draw from their three group games, which was enough to see them claim top spot in the group. The Rebels stepped it up another gear in their Semi-Final producing a very convincing victory over Tipperary, scoring 3-17 in the process.
Their final opponents, Galway had a similar path towards the final, winning their two group games with relative ease and conceding just 1-8 on route to the Semi-Final stage. The Tribeswomen didn’t stop there and a big win over Dublin in their Semi-Final will give them great confidence heading into this weekend’s showdown.