Summer Superleague 2018: Week 8

Week Eight Fixtures
Week Eight Fixtures

Week eight of the superleague sees Hurling and ladies football action, and as we move into the back half of the season and the tables take shape, each and every fixture becomes more and more important.

And one team who will be keenly aware of just how important these games are is Na Fianna Rouges who will face off against the St Henri Harps in our opening fixture. The last meeting between these two was very one sided, with the Harps running rampant over the Rouges. Currently bottom of the table, by virtue of score difference, the Rouges will know that nothing less than victory will do here. Anything less will leave them with a mountain to climb, as they would be two points adrift of the Harps, and four behind the leaders, with only three games left to play.
The Harps will be keen to use their blowout over the Rouges as a springboard to mount a challenge on first place PSC, another win here would move them to within striking distance of the table toppers, and with a game in hand over the Rouges would make them confident of being finalists regardless how their challenge for the top spot goes.
The last time these sides met, we promised a tense game that failed to materialise, but with so much at stake and both teams looking likely to have their full squads available, this should be one of the games that will define the rest of this summer’s hurling superleague.

The second game will have some big shoes to fill, but these are exactly the teams you’d want to fill them. In ladies football the Verdun Vikings will be eager to have a go at the high flying Griffintown Gaels. The Vikings are without a win this season, but that won’t be much comfort to the Gaels, as both meetings between these sides have been closely fought affairs. On paper the Vikings are the equal of any team in the league, and now with a nearly impossible task ahead of them this is exactly when they’ll need a bit of magic to turn things around. It’ll be all hands on deck and eyes will be turning to Captain Eimear O’Leary-Barrett to lead the way.
In their last fixture, the Gaels saw off their closest rivals, the Goose Village Blackrocks, to move two points clear at the top. Buoyed by this, they’ll be coming into this match eager to do the business and put more space between them and the rest of the pack, but they will be aware that they’ve played the most games of all three teams, so there’s less room for error. A slip up here against a hungry Vikings side would throw the race for the top spot wide open.
With so much at stake here, this game should be a classic, with no quarter asked for, or given.

Both these fixtures are on Monday the 16th of July at the Vanier College

7:00pm – St Henri Harps vs Na Fianna Rouges
8:00pm – Verdun Vikings (Ladies) vs Griffintown Gaels (Ladies)

Summer Superleague 2018: Week 7

Week Seven Fixtures
Week Seven Fixtures

Week seven sees the return fixtures from all the way back in week two of the Superleague, as the men’s teams line up for what promises to be another set of hard fought games.

The opening fixture sees the Montreal City Blues face off against the Verdun Vikings. The Vikings are currently undefeated in the Summer Superleague and will look to keep this streak alive with a performance similar to the one they gave when these teams last met. However the Blues won’t be happy to give a repeat performance, and they’re not the same team that first took to the field all those weeks ago. And with a win against the Blackrocks putting them just behind the second place Gaels on score difference a strong performance here could see them leap into second, and keep the pressure on Vikings themselves.

Following what promises to be a tense and tight affair, the Griffintown Gaels will line up opposite the Goose Village Blackrocks.
The Gaels and Rocks share two points apiece, but the score difference is much wider than between the Gaels and Blues. This makes things straightforward for the Rocks, they need a win here. As they took both points the last time these sides met, expect them come out strong and to give no quarter. The Gaels for their part will be aware that a decisive win here would go a long way to cementing their place in the final at the end of the summer, so they’ll be in no mood for mercy. Expect a fierce clash between two well matched sides.

Both these fixtures are on Monday the 9th of July at the Vanier College

7:30pm – Montreal City Blues vs Verdun Vikings
8:30pm – Griffintown Gaels vs Goose Village Blackrocks

Summer Superleague 2018: Week 6 – Friday Fixtures

Week Six, Friday Fixtures

The temperatures are high, and so are the stakes in the second set of fixtures for week six of the Summer Superleague.

We’re approaching the midway point of the summer season, and the league tables are starting to take shape, but nothing is set in stone yet – which will be a comfort to both sides in our first Friday fixture, which sees the Goose Village Blackrocks facing off against the Griffintown Gaels in ladies’ football.

These teams are tied on points, with scoring difference keeping the Blackrocks in first place. The Gaels will be eager to claim the top spot for themselves, as well as avenging a ten point defeat at the hands of the Blackrocks earlier in the season. With a nine points scoring difference and a game in hand, the Blackrocks have the advantage going into this game, and would expect to win it, but they would need to be wary of complacency as the Gaels will be as unrelenting as the Montreal summer heat. This clash promises to be intense with some of the best Ladies’ players going head to head in an important game.

While the evening may have cooled slightly by the time our second game kicks off, this Hurling fixture will be hot from the get go.

Both the St Henri Harps and N.D.G Na Fianna Rouges will be keenly aware that the winner here will put themselves in the driving seat when it comes to dethroning current table toppers, PSC. Na Fianna won by three points against St Henri in the first hurling game of this season, and will be looking for a repeat of that performance to steady the ship, which has been rocked by back to back losses against PSC Cu Chulainn. St Henri also failed to stop PSC in their last fixture, but it was a close game and with a bit of luck could have easily gone St Henri’s way, so they’ll look to draw on that performance and exact revenge on Na Fianna.

It’s a bit early to be calling this the battle for second place, but neither team will be willing to give an inch as they have one eye on the top of the table, and go into this fixture knowing that a loss here would leave them with a mountain to climb. But as the winter league showed, nothing is ever certain in Hurling.

Both these fixtures are on Friday the 6th of July at the College de Notre Dame

7pm – Goose Village Blackrocks (Ladies) vs Griffintown Gaels (Ladies)
8pm – Na Fianna Rouges vs St Henri Harps