This weekend’s action previewed

Abbey Hotel O’Rourke Cup St. Brigids v Castlerea (Sunday 3 pm): Castlerea edged out St. Aidans by a point in the last round last Sunday and they will be hoping to play better with only two weeks to go to the championship. They are going very well in this league though. Brigids handed out a right drubbing to St. Faithleachs last week and they seem to be coming back to the boil just at the right time. If Brigids field a strong team they should win.  Prediction: St Brigids.   Elphin v St. Faithleachs: Elphin were lucky to get a draw against a plucky St. Barrys last weekend while Faithleachs were on the receiving end against St. Brigids. On that basis it should be close but Elphin look the more consistent side.  Prediction: Elphin.   St. Aidans v Kilbride (Tuesday, 3rd at 8 pm): Kilbride scored a very good win over Pearses last weekend while St. Aidans were pipped by a point againt Castlerea. Aidans are improving but then again so are Kilbride. Home advantage to count. Prediction:Kilbride. Padraig Pearses v Roscommon Gaels: Two very inconsistent sides here. Pearses looked so good in the Leo Kenny Cup final but they came back down to earth last weekend when they were beaten by two points by Kilmore. The Gaels started the league well but they have lost their way altogether in recent games. Pearses appeal more though. Prediction: Padraig Pearses. Michael Holland Tyres O’Gara Cup Tulsk v St. Croans (Saturday at 4 pm): Tulsk had no game last weekend as their game against St. Brigids did not take place. St. Croans beat Clan na Gael by two points. This will be a lively game. Tulsk are more consistent.  Prediction: Tulsk.   St. Ronans v Strokestown (Saturday at 7.30 pm): Neither side were in action last weekend. There will not be much in it but Ronans may just be the better bet.  Prediction: St. Ronans.   St. Brigids v Clan na Gael (Saturday at 7.30 pm): I assume that this is Clan’s first side. If so they should be too strong for the second string of Brigids. Prediction Clan na Gael.   Western Gaels v St. Michaels (Saturday at 8 pm): Football has not been on the top of the agenda in the Western Gaels club over the past week or so but they should start back into action with a narrow win over St. Michaels. Prediction:Western Gaels.   Ballinameen v Michael Glaveys (Sunday at 5.15 pm): Ballinameen’s game was called off last weekend and Glaveys were not in action. There will not be much in it but Glaveys might be the better bet. Prediction:Michael Glaveys.   Senior Hurling Championship Four Roads v Tremane on Saturday at 7.30 pm in Athleague: This is an intriguing game. Four Roads started the championship well but have stuttered in recent games and they need to win  here to get back on track. Tremane started terribly but have begun to improve and they now have a win over St. Dominics under their belt. I think it will be close but you have to fancy Four Roads. Prediction: Four Roads.   Oran v Padraig Pearses on Sunday at 3 pm in Athleague: This is another very interesting game. Oran have been steady without been spectacular while Pearses have drawn and lost so their need is probably greater. I take John Donohue’s men to edge it by a couple of points.  Prediction: Padraig Pearses.   Athleague v St. Dominics on Sunday at 4.30 pm in Athleague: Athleague have shown the best form of any team so far while Dominics have had a very poor season. Athleague will copperfasten their semi-final place with a win while Dominics will be out of contention if they lose. It might not be as one-sided as a lot of people think but Athleague should do the business. Prediction: Athleague.   *Roscommon Gaels have a bye this weekend JHC Fixtures: Tuesday 3rd July at 8 pm In Ballyforan: St. Dominics v Four Roads In Rockfield: Oran v Athleague/Tremane