Massive weekend ahead for Offaly teams
There is a huge weekend ahead for Offaly teams with several big games on the horizon.
The biggest game sees St Rynagh's go in search of a place in the AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Final.
The Offaly and Leinster champions take on Waterford and Munster champions, Gailtir, in the AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie semi-final in Cashel on Sunday at 2pm. After making the breakthrough in Offaly in 2017 by winning their first title, St Rynagh's retained the title in 2018 and went on to beat all comers in Leinster capping off their provincial campaign with a six point win over Young Ireland from Kilkenny. It promises to be a memorable game and St Rynagh's are sure to have huge support in Cashel on Sunday.
Also this weekend, the Offaly Senior Camogie team are back in action on Saturday when they travel to take on Clare in Whitegate at 2pm. Offaly lost narrowly to Limerick last weekend and will be hoping to bounce back against a Clare side who also lost their opening game.
This weekend sees the start of the Allianz Hurling and Football Leagues and Offaly will be hoping to get off to a strong start in each competition.
Kevin Martin's hurlers and away to Waterford in Division 1B although the game is being played in the neutral venue of Semple Stadium at 2pm. The game is being played in Thurles after Waterford breached rules on training camps last year.
Meanwhile John Maughan's footballers face the first of a number of local derbies in Division 3 when they welcome Westmeath to O'Connor Park. That game also throws in at 2pm. Longford, Laois and Carlow are also in the same division.
And speaking of local derbies, there is a big one tonight (Friday) in the Leinster Senior League Senior 1 Division when Edenderry Town FC and Tullamore Town go head to head in Paddy Maloney Park at 7.45pm. Edenderry are top of the table with Tullamore in fourth, seven points adrift, but Tullamore do have two games in hand and a win tonight would propel them right into title contention.