We’re getting closer to the end of the season, which means it’s do or die time for the teams in this week’s Monday night superleague fixtures.
First up is Hurling where there’ll be a the final game of the season between second place Na Fianna Rouges and third place St Henri Harps.
The Harps have a game in hand over the Rouges, which might turn out to be decisive in their quest to overturn a four point deficit in their last three games.
A victory here for the Harps will keep the dream alive, and give them a boost as they play their final two fixtures, back-to-back games against PSC Cu Chulainn.
To stand a chance of making the finals, they will need a win here as well as at least one victory over PSC, and hope that Na Fianna lose their final game of the season. There are other, less likely, paths to the finals for the Harps, but they’ll know that this is most likely their last chance to remain in contention.
Likewise, Na Fianna Rouges will know full well that they have a chance to put an end to the competition for a place in the finals in this game. A victory here would move them out of the Harps’ grasp, with an insurmountable gap of six points. Anything less will make things far more difficult as their fate will largely be out of their hands, and a place in the final will be dependent on how other games go, a scenario they’ll be keen to avoid.
This is it for both teams, a place in the final beckons both, but there can be only one winner. Expect both teams to give it their all and leave it all on the field. It should be a cracker of a game.
Following on from such a decisive clash of the ash, the ladies will be taking to the field in football, where a top of the table clash sees the Griffintown Gaels face off against current table toppers the Goose Village Blackrocks, and it’s a game that will be keenly watched by the Verdun Vikings as it’s outcome will have a significant impact on the rest of their season.
The Gaels have been relentless in their pursuit of the Blackrocks this season, constantly nipping at their heels and occasionally ousting them from the top spot. A victory here would tie them on points in the top slot, but would most probably leave them in second place on score difference. It would also be a major blow to the third place Verdun Vikings who would now need to win their last three games and then hope for favourable results in other games to stand a chance of making the finals.
The Gaels will be aware of all this, and will come out swinging, looking to put themselves back in the driving seat.
A win for the Blackrocks will secure their place in the final, and throw a lifeline to the Vikings keeping the Gaels within a more manageable four point gap. As if we needed any more proof of the adage that football makes for strange bedfellows, the Vikings will now be rooting for the same team that took them apart in their last fixture.
There’s room for the Blackrocks to recover if they stumble here, as they have a game in hand over their nearest rivals, but they’ll be keen to book their place in the finals now. Given their recent form there’ll be every confidence in the Blackrocks camp that this will be the day they clinch their place in the finals, but the Gaels will be in no mood to acquiesce and will fight them every inch of the way.
As all eyes will be on this fixture, which could decide so much for all the teams in the league, expect it to be fast, frantic and high scoring.
Both these fixtures are on Monday the 13th of August at Vanier College
7:00pm – St Henri Harps vs Na Fianna Rouges
8:00pm – Griffintown Gaels (Ladies) vs Goose Village Blackrocks (Ladies)