All games at the Irish Cultural Center, Canton unless otherwise noted.
Wednesday July 11
5:00 Junior Hurling: Fr. Tom Burke’s v Wexford
5:30 Junior B Football: Galway v Aidan McAnespies
Saturday July 14
4:15 Senior Football: Connemara Gaels v Shannon Blues
5:30 Senior Hurling: Galway v Fr. Tom Burke’s
9:00 – 5:00 Ladies Football Tournament
5:45 Junior B Football: Aidan McAnespies v Armagh-Notre Dame
Sunday July 15
12:00 Junior A Football: Donegal v Connemara Gaels
1:15 Senior Football: Cork v Christopher’s
2:30 Senior Football: Donegal v Kerry
3:45 Senior Hurling: Wexford v Tipperary
5:00 Senior Football: Aidan McAnespies v Wolfe Tones
1:45 Junior A Football: Wolfe Tones v Shannon Blues
4:45 Junior B Football: Shannon Blues v Donegal
Rivalries Sure to Produce Some Great Games
Cork v Christoper’s, Sunday 1:15
We have a Rebel Rivalry of sorts when Cork and Christopher’s meet. It has been Christopher’s who have been the team with Cork connections who have been to the forefront of affairs at senior level, while Cork have been on the wane. Cork’s glory days of the early 2000’s when the rebels won two Boston and one North American Championship are long behind. Christopher’s famously won the Boston and NACB championship in 2009, and since have been in the mix while Cork have languished at the lower end of the table. This year Cork are on track for better things, and have a team that includes players of the highest caliber. Joining home based Mike Moynihan, Mick Lyons, and John Wycherly are Cavan’s Packie Leddy, Louth’s James Califf, and Skibbereen’s Donal Og Hodnett. Christopher’s will not be willing to let their rivals put one over on them. The forward line is manned by Daithi Casey and Chris Brady, Dr. Croke’s clubmen who also have had a run on the county field with Kerry, and the back line is sold with Chris Murphy, Brian O’Regan and Paudie Kenneally. The American born Kenneally is having a great season at senior level this year. There is sure to be a great game of football in store as the Munstermen clash.
Wolfe Tones v Aidan McAnespies, Sunday 5:00
The final game on the schedule sees the Red and Blue of South Boston meet. Wolfe Tones are still on the quest for a Boston senior football championship, while McAnespies have a slew in the trophy cabinet – almost an equivalent of Manchester United and City’s blue and red rivalry. The Tones have not been the dominant force that people expected early in the season, however, they have risen to the occasion when the chips have been down. Notably against the Connemara Gaels and then rebounding against Donegal after Cork pulled off a surprise win. The team has hardly a weak spot, Cormac Joyce-Power, a player of intercounty caliber with Limerick, is coming off the bench. The team is loaded with talent. Monaghan man, Pauric McGuirk, Kieran Lynch, and Brian Kinnahan are part of a solid back line, while James Doyle of Laois fame, and Meath’s Mike Newman, joint home based Marty Farrell (Down), Barry Grogan (Tipperary), and Collie Carr (Dublin) in a high cliber forward line. While McAnespies are not as high flying this year as in years past, the current Boston and NACB champions are as good as any. On last years championship team were Gareth O’Neill, Niall Gallen, Colm McCrory, Sean Cournane, and Marty Bogue, who will not want to give bragging rights to their opponents. Also in the side is Monaghan prodigy, Daniel McKenna as well as 6’ 3 Laois footballer, Donal Kingston and former Tyrone footballer, Colly Donnelly. This is sure to be another humdinger that is not to be missed.
Galway v Fr. Tom Burke’s, Saturday 5:30
Hurling fans will also be treated to two games, one on Saturday evening between Galway and Fr. Tom Burke’s. In the Boston hurling world this is as intense as it gets with both teams of heavy east Galway influence. The rivalry said to sometimes carry over to Galway itself when players and members return either on vacation or on a more permanent basis. One of last season’s stars for Galway, Kilkenny man Eoin Guinan is back in the fold, while Wexford countyman man Stephen Nolan mans the half back line. Stephen Brown and John Moylan will also feature in a forward line that Tom’s will have to work hard to close down. The Tom’s side features some stalwart players. Seamus Higgins, Ciaran Moore, and Donal Moore are veterans of countless championship campaigns, while Paul McGrath and Eanna Murphy man a quick midfield that keeps things moving. Given any sort of room forwards Shane Howley, David Maloney, and Tom Corcoran will punish you. Another rivalry that is sure to produce fireworks.
Of course, there is plenty of other top quality action on the slate. The Gaels and Shannon Blues met at 4:30 on Saturday. The Blues are flying high this year following last years disappointment of missing out on the playoff’s, while the Gaels side has some match winning players. On Sunday Donegal will fancy their chances against Kerry. Kerry are enjoying a season where they have their first shot at playoffs in many a season and Donegal are one of the favoured teams t lift this year’s senior championship trophy. The senior hurling championship pits the two clubs that have dominated Boston hurling over the last several years when Wexford and Tipperary meet at 3:45. Plenty to look forward to as the games become do or die affairs!