Double date in Croker

Croke Park have confirmed that Kerry will play their All-Ireland Football Quarter-Final minor and senior matches as part of a triple header in Croke Park on Bank Holiday Sunday July 31st. Peter Keane's Kerry minors play Derry with a 12 noon throw-in time.

The quarter-finals involving Kerry and Galway take place at 2pm and 4pm but no decision will be made as to who will play in what time slot until after next weekend's Qualifier games.

The Qualifier draw for Round 4 sees Clare taking on Roscommon and Derry playing Tipperary in Section A next weekend.

That means that Kerry will meet one of 3 teams in the quarter-final - Clare/Roscommon/Derry.

At this time is looks most likely that we will meet Roscommon.

If the Connacht runners up beat Clare then they cannot play Galway in the quarter-finals so they will have to play Kerry leaving the winners of Derry v Tipperary to play Galway.

If Clare beat Roscommon, however, then that means that we could play Clare as the only team we cannot meet in the quarter-final is Tipperary because we played them in our last championship outing.

The fact that we played Clare already in the championship is irrelevant.

If Derry beat Tipperary and Clare beat Roscommon then there would be a draw to see who we play. As we said Kerry's most likely is Roscommon but it won't be easy for Roscommon with a 6-day turnaround after a heavy Connacht Final defeat.

 

O'Connor delighted with Laurels win by 'Suarez'

Popular Ballyheigue couple Tom and Anne O'Connor were thrilled to see their Skywalker Manner win an Irish Classic when he caused an upset by winning the Cork Laurels on Saturday night for trainer Graham Holland.

Skywalker Manner started off life as Nice Manner and made his debut in the GMHD Juvenile Classic where, after winning two rounds, he was knocked out behind Lenson Rocky in the semi-final.

President has winner at Killarney Races

The colours of President Michael D Higgins were carried to success at Killarney July Racing Festival last Wednesday evening where the John Oxx-trained Aimhirgin Lass ran out the game winner of the fillies' handicap.

Ridden by Declan McDonogh, the 13/8 favourite challenged the front-running Ringside Humour with over a furlong to race and got on top inside the final 50 yards.

The sun may not have shone for the Killarney July Festival of Racing but it failed to dampen the enjoyment of the crowds who flocked to the Ross Road venue and ensured that the meeting was an unqualified success.