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It was another big day of GAA club action around the country as the hurling and football championships started to heat up at county and provincial level.

We were keeping an eye on how it all unfolds.

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RESULTS:
Munster Club SFC quarter-finals: Dr Crokes (Kerry) 2-8 Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) 0-13; Castlehaven (Cork) 1-15 Dromcollogher Broadford (Limerick) 0-7.
Leinster Club SHC quarter-finals: Oulart-The-Ballagh (Wexford) 1-13 Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) 1-12; Kilcormac-Killoughey (Offaly) 1-11 Mount Leinster Rangers (Carlow) 0-9; Rathdowney-Errill (Laois) 1-12 Clonkill (Westmeath) 0-12.
Ulster Club SFC quarter-finals: St Gall’s (Antrim) 1-15 Tempo (Fermanagh) 0-9; Kilcoo (Down) 0-13 Ballybay (Monaghan) 0-6; Errigal Ciaran (Tyrone) 0-11 Ballinderry (Derry) 0-10.
Galway SHC semi-final replay: St Thomas 1-16 Gort 1-15.
Tipperary SFC final: Clonmel Commercials 1-9 Thomas McDonagh’s 0-5.
Waterford SFC final: Stradbally 2-2 The Nire 0-8.

It may be the first Sunday of November but the 2012 GAA club season is in full swing. There’s another busy afternoon of action ahead and we’ll be keeping an eye on what unfolds. Later at 4pm, we’ll be focusing on the Donegal county final which takes place in Ballybofey between Naomh Conaill and St Eunan’s. But before that there are eleven games to keep an eye on with provincial club action in Munster, Leinster and Ulster along with key club ties in Waterford, Tipperary and Galway.
So what’s in store this afternoon? Well here are the upcoming fixtures.
In Munster there are two games in the SFC.
Munster Club SFC quarter-finals: Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) v Dr Crokes (Kerry), Quilty, 2pm; Castlehaven (Cork) v Dromcollogher-Broadford (Limerick), Clonakilty, 2pm.
In Leinster there are three games in the SHC.
Leinster Club SHC quarter-finals: Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) v Oulart-The-Ballagh (Wexford), Parnell Park, 2.30pm; Mount Leinster Rangers (Carlow) v Kilcormac-Killoughey (Offaly), Dr Cullen Park, Carlow, 2.30pm; Rathdowney-Errill (Laois) v Clonkill (Westmeath), O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, 2.30pm.
In Ulster there are three games in the SFC.
Ulster Club SFC quarter-finals: Tempo (Fermanagh) v St Gall’s (Antrim), Brewster Park, Enniskillen, 2.30pm; Ballybay (Monaghan) v Kilcoo (Down), St Tiernach’s Park, Clones, 2.30pm; Errigal Ciaran (Tyrone) v Ballinderry (Derry), Healy Park, Omagh, 2.30pm.
While there are also county senior  football finals today in Tipperary, Waterford and Donegal.
Tipperary SFC final: Clonmel Commercials v Thomas McDonagh’s, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 2.30pm.
Waterford SFC final: The Nire v Stradbally, Fraher Field, Dungarvan, 3pm.
Donegal SFC final: Naomh Conaill (Glenties) v St Eunan’s (Letterkenny), Sean MacCumhaill’s, Ballybofey, 4pm.

Galway SHC semi-final replay: HT – Gort 0-8 St Thomas 0-8: There’s already action underway this afternoon with Kenny Park in Athenry the venue for the semi-final replay between Gort and St Thomas after the teams drew 0-9 apiece last week.

It’s a tight contest so far with the teams deadlocked at the break but the scoring rates have been impressive. St Thomas, inspired by county stars Conor Cooney and David Burke, had lead 0-8 to 0-5, but thanks to Gerry Quinn and Paul Killilea, Gort have drawn level by the interval.

Loughrea have already qualified for the Galway senior hurling final after they got the better of Turloughmore last week. Reigning champions Gort will be hoping to get back to the decider while St Thomas are aiming for history as they seek to achieve their first ever place in a senior final.

Let’s start looking ahead to some of today’s big games. First up at 2pm in the Munster club quarter-finals. In Clonakilty the meeting will take place of Castlehaven, crowned Cork senior football champions for the first time since 2003 last Sunday, against Dromcollogher-Broadford, who won the Limerick title after a replay last Friday week.

While in Quilty in West Clare, Kilmurry-Ibrickane will welcome Dr Crokes, who won their third successive Kerry title last week. This game will be a huge test for the reigning provincial champions Dr Crokes and they only won out by three points when the teams clashed last year. Here’s a look at the teams competing in the Munster Club SFC this year.

While in the Leinster club senior hurling championship today, the opening matches are all on at 2.30pm with three quarter-finals down for decision. The big one is in Parnell Park where Oulart-The-Ballagh, defeated in the last two provincial finals, meet Dublin’s Kilmacud Crokes. There are also battles in Dr Cullen Park and O’Moore Park. Here’s a look at the teams in the hunt for the Leinster club title.

In Ulster there will be plenty focus later on the events in Ballybofey with the Donegal county final taking place. But before that game between St Eunan’s and Naomh Conaill, there’ll be plenty focus on how the three provincial senior quarter-finals unfold. The big clash is in Healy Park in Omagh with Errigal Ciaran and Ballinderry.

The tie between the Tyrone and Derry champions is an intriguing one. Errigal Ciaran manager Ronan McGuckin is notably not involved in the game as he stepped down from his position due to the fact that he is a native of Ballinderry. While Ballinderry trainer Joe Canavan has also vacated his position as he is an Errigal Ciaran club man.

Some interesting team news from the Munster club games. Dr Crokes will be without midfielder Ambrose O’Donovan for their clash with Kilmurry-Ibrickane after he suffered a finger injury during the week. While Dromcollogher-Broadford have been dealt a blow ahead of their meeting with Castlehaven as Limerick senior Seanie Buckley is ruled out through injury.

Galway SHC semi-final replay: Latest – Gort 0-12 St Thomas 0-10: It’s still very tight in Athenry but Gort have made the headway during the second-half to move ahead on the scoreboard. Gort’s Jason Grealish and St Thomas player Kenneth Burke have just traded points.

Munster Club SFC quarter-final: Latest – Castlehaven 0-2 Drom-Broadford 0-0: Early points by Dermot Hurley and Mark Cahalane have pushed the Cork champions into a lead in Clonakilty.

Munster Club SFC quarter-final: Latest – Dr Crokes 1-1 Kilmurry/Ibrickane 0-0: Brilliant start for Dr Crokes in Quilty. Colm Cooper has raised an early green flag to help settle them in the clash. They were also grateful to goalkeeper David Moloney for producing a terrific save to deny Kilmurry/Ibrickane’s Enda Coughlan a goal.

Munster Club SFC quarter-final: 8 mins – Castlehaven 0-4 Drom-Broadford 0-0: Brian Hurley, a Munster U21 medal winner with Cork this year, has tapped over the latest point as Castlehaven are capitalizing on the strong wind at their backs.

Galway SHC semi-final replay: Latest – Gort 0-13 St Thomas 0-13: It’s extremely tight in Athenry with Gort’s Gerry Quinn after firing over a free to tie the game after St Thomas had crept into a narrow lead courtesy of an Eanna Burke point.

Munster Club SFC quarter-final: 15 mins – Dr Crokes 1-2 Kilmurry/Ibrickane 0-2: Ian McInerney smacks over a superb free from distance for Kilmurry-Ibrickane. Before that Daithi Casey had swung over a point for Dr Crokes as they continue to be economical with their scoring chances.

Galway SHC semi-final replay: Latest – St Thomas 1-14 Gort 0-13: A decisive moment in Athenry as Shane Cooney raises the first green flag of the game. Could that strike help propel St Thomas to their first ever county senior hurling final?

Munster Club SFC quarter-final: 20 mins – Dr Crokes 1-2 Kilmurry/Ibrickane 0-4: The Clare champions have settled notably after the concession of that early goal to Dr Crokes. Brilliant free taking by Ian McInerney and Johnny Daly has helped cut the deficit while Peter O’Dwyer has gained a foothold in midfield for Kilmurry-Ibrickane.

Munster Club SFC quarter-final: 19 mins – Castlehaven 0-7 Drom-Broadford 0-2: Limerick champions Drom-Broadford are starting to make a fight of it in Clonakilty. They trailed by 0-6 to 0-0 after 11 minutes with Castlehaven making all the running but Drom-Broadford, playing against the wind, have managed to steady their challenge.

Galway SHC semi-final replay: Latest – St Thomas 1-16 Gort 1-14: It’s in injury-time in Athenry but Gerry Quinn may have provided a lifeline for Gort by finding the net. Can they launch a remarkable revival?

Munster Club SFC quarter-final: 27 mins – Dr Crokes 1-3 Kilmurry/Ibrickane 0-5: Another pointed free by Ian McInerney helped the Clare champions draw level but Johnny Buckley has just restored Dr Crokes advantage on the scoreboard with a fine point.

Galway SHC semi-final replay: FT – St Thomas 1-16 Gort 1-15: History is made as St Thomas secure their place in a first ever Galway county senior hurling final with a narrow victory in the replay clash in Athenry. Gort launched a late fightback inspired by Gerry Quinn but Shane Cooney’s 54th minute goal was the crucial score for St Thomas. They now meet Loughrea in the final.

Munster Club SFC quarter-final: HT – Castlehaven 0-7 Drom-Broadford 0-4: Castlehaven lead the way at the interval by three points in Clonakilty. Yet they had lead by 0-6 to 0-0 after 11 minutes after Drom-Broadford will be satisfied after mounting that revival to be back in contention.

Munster Club SFC quarter-final: HT – Dr Crokes 1-4 Kilmurry/Ibrickane 0-5: A late Jamie Doolan point enables the Kerry champions to be ahead by two at the break. They got off to a wonderful start when Colm Cooper found the net but Kilmurry-Ibrickane came back into contention with Ian McInerney’s accurate free taking crucial.

Leinster Club SHC quarter-final: 7 mins – Oulart-The-Ballagh 0-3 Kilmacud Crokes 0-2: Early news from Parnell Park and a point by county senior Garreth Sinnott has just nudged the Wexford champions into a narrow lead.

Leinster Club SHC quarter-final: Latest – Rathdowney/Errill 0-2 Clonkill 0-1: Jimmy Corrigan and John Purcell have been on the mark early on for the Laois champions Rathdowney/Errill as they lead in the clash in O’Moore Park in Portlaoise.

Leinster Club SHC quarter-final: Latest – Mount Leinster Rangers 0-2 Kilcormac/Killoughey: Evenly balanced so far in Dr Cullen Park between the Carlow and Offaly champions.

Ulster Club SFC quarter-final: Latest – Errigal Ciaran 0-1 Ballinderry 0-0: Full-forward Brian Horisk has grabbed the opening score of the game for the Tyrone champions in the clash in Healy Park in Omagh.

Ulster Club SFC quarter-final: Latest – St Gall’s 0-6  Tempo 0-1: The Antrim champions have coped well with the trip to Enniskillen so far and are in dominate form against their Fermanagh counterparts.

Ulster Club SFC quarter-final: Latest – Kilcoo 0-2 Ballybay 0-1: Down champions Kilcoo are ahead by a slender advantage in St Tiernach’s Park in Clones.

Leinster Club SHC quarter-final: 20 mins – Oulart-The-Ballagh 0-6 Kilmacud Crokes 0-5: Fine contest so far in Parnell Park with James Burke just after pointing for Kilmacud Crokes and the Dublin champions will also be grateful to goalkeeper Matthew Collins who produced a superb point-blank save to deny Oulart-The-Ballagh a goal.

Munster Club SFC quarter-final: 40 mins – Dr Crokes 1-7 Kilmurry-Ibrickane 0-5: The Kerry champions have begun the second-half brightly. Jamie Doolan and Brian Looney are amongst their point-scorers so far in the second-half and they have established a significant five-point advantage.

Latest from the other Leinster club hurling quarter-finals during the first-half sees it Mount Leinster Rangers 0-5 Kilcormac/Killoughey 0-4 in Dr Cullen Park while it is Rathdowney/Errill 0-5 Clonkill 0-2 in O’Moore Park.

Munster Club SFC quarter-final: 41 mins – Dr Crokes 2-7 Kilmurry/Ibrickane 0-5: A big moment in the match in Quilty as Brian Looney fires to the net for Dr Crokes. That’s 1-3 without reply they have notched in the second-half and Kilmurry/Ibrickane face a mountain to climb.

Tipperary SFC final: 20 mins – Clonmel Commercials 0-2 Thomas McDonaghs 0-0: Poor fare so far in Semple Stadium but it is scores by Ian Barnes and Colman Kennedy that have Clonmel Commercials in front against the reigning champions.

Ulster Club SFC quarter-final: 23 mins – Errigal Ciaran 0-4 Ballinderry 0-4: Beautiful point by Conleth Gilligan for Ballinderry ensures the teams are tied at 0-4 apiece in Omagh.

Elsewhere in the Ulster club quarter-finals, it is extremely one-sided fare in Enniskillen with the latest being St Gall’s 0-12 Tempo 0-2 with four minutes remaining in the first-half. While in Clones, the latest score is Kilcoo 0-5 Ballybay 0-3.

Munster Club SFC quarter-final: 43 mins – Castlehaven 0-9 Drom-Broadford 0-5: Goalkeeper Paudie Hurley has come upfield for Castlehaven to convert a free in Clonakilty as the Cork champions now enjoy a four-point lead.

Leinster Club SHC quarter-final: HT – Oulart-The-Ballagh 1-8 Kilmacud Crokes 0-8: Big moment on the stroke of half-time in Parnell Park as corner-forward Nicky Kirwan smashes a penalty to the net for Oulart-The-Ballagh. Kirwan was fouled himself and he struck his shot decisively to the net to give the Wexford champions a three-point advantage at the break.

Half-time in the Ulster club quarter-finals. In Enniskillen it is all one-way traffic with a goal from Aodhan Gallagher leaving it St Gall’s 1-12 Tempo 0-3 while in Clones the Down champions enjoy an advantage with the interval score reading Kilcoo 0-6 Ballybay 0-3. Finally in Omagh the game remains evenly balanced with Errigal Ciaran 0-5 Ballinderry 0-5 the state of affairs.

The accuracy of Rathdowney/Errill’s Ross King in front of goal in O’Moore Park means it is Rathdowney/Errill 0-7 Clonkill 0-4 at the interval in the Leinster Club SHC quarter-final. Also in that competition in Dr Cullen Park it is Mount Leinster Rangers 0-7 Kilcormac/Killoughey 0-7 at the midway mark.

Munster Club SFC quarter-final: 50 mins – Castlehaven 1-10 Drom-Broadford 0-6: A goal from substitute Shane Nolan has pushed Castlehaven into a commanding lead in Clonakilty while Drom-Broadford have been reduced to 14 men after Mike Boyce was sent-off.

Munster Club SFC quarter-final: 58 mins – Dr Crokes 2-8 Kilmurry/Ibrickane 0-12: Huge drama in Quilty as Kilmurry Ibrickane have launched a major revival with Noel Downes just pointing to cut the gap to two points.

Waterford SFC final: 13 mins – The Nire 0-4 Stradbally 0-0: The Nire have moved ahead in the early stages of the decider in the Fraher Field in Dungarvan.

Munster Club SFC quarter-final: 61 mins – Dr Crokes 2-8 Kilmurry/Ibrickane 0-13: The gap is down to one with Ian McInerney firing over a free for the Clare champions.

Tipperary SFC final: HT – Clonmel Commercials 0-2 Thomas McDonagh’s 0-2: All square at the break in Semple Stadium after a low-scoring first-half.

Munster Club SFC quarter-final: FT – Dr Crokes 2-8 Kilmurry/Ibrickane 0-13: Reigning champions Dr Crokes survive in Quilty after a huge second-half revival by Kilmurry/Ibrickane. The Kerry side lead by 2-7 to 0-5 by the 41st minute when Brian Looney found the net but they were forced to endure a nervous finale as the Clare champions fought back.

Munster Club SFC quarter-final: FT – Castlehaven 1-15 Drom-Broadford 0-7: It’s comfortable stuff for Castlehaven in Clonakilty as they claimed an 11-point victory against Limerick’s Dromcollogher-Broadford. Brian Hurley fired over the last point for the Cork champions.

Leinster Club SHC quarter-final: 40 mins – Oulart-The-Ballagh 1-11 Kilmacud Crokes 0-8: The Wexford champions have built on that goal they struck before half-time to now lead by six points in the second-half in Parnell Park.

Leinster Club SHC quarter-final: Latest – Clonkill 0-8 Rathdowney/Errill 0-7: Westmeath’s Clonkill have struck four points without reply since half-time in O’Moore Park to edge ahead on the scoreboard.

Leinster Club SHC quarter-final: Latest – Kilcormac/Killoughey 1-9 Mount Leinster Rangers 0-8: Ciaran Slevin, who has struck 1-7 in all, has helped push the Offaly champions Kilcormac/Killoughey in front in Dr Cullen Park.

Ulster Club SFC quarter-final: 40 mins – Errigal Ciaran 0-9 Ballinderry 0-5: The Tyrone champions have made a decisive burst since half-time with Thomas Canavan (2), Brian Horisk and Davy Harte all firing over points in Omagh.

In the Leinster Club SHC it is Oulart-The-Ballagh 1-11 Kilmacud Crokes 0-10 with 15 minutes left after Sean McGrath has just slotted over a free for the Dublin champions. A goal from John Purcell has made it Rathdowney/Errill 1-7 Clonkill 0-10 in O’Moore Park in Portlaoise while elsewhere in Dr Cullen Park in Carlow it stands Kilcormac/Killoughey 1-9 Mount Leinster Rangers 0-8.

Ulster Club SFC quarter-final: 43 mins – Errigal Ciaran 0-10 Ballinderry 0-5: Brian Horisk has grabbed another point for Errigal Ciaran but more critically Ballinderry have been reduced to 14 men after Conor Wilkinson was shown a second yellow card.

Tipperary SFC final: 44 mins – Clonmel Commercials 1-6 Thomas McDonagh’s 0-3: Strong start to the second-half in the county final in Semple Stadium by Clonmel Commercials with Colman Kennedy hammering home the crucial goal that has put daylight between the sides.

Waterford SFC final: HT – The Nire 0-6 Stradbally 1-1: The Nire enjoy a two-point advantage at the break in Parnell Park against Stradbally.

Leinster Club SHC quarter-final: 55 mins – Oulart-The-Ballagh 1-12 Kilmacud Crokes 1-12: Brilliant fightback by Kilmacud Crokes in Parnell Park with Sean McGrath just after kicking the ball to the net to tie the teams.

In the Ulster club matches a Niall Branagan point for Kilcoo has left it Kilcoo 0-13 Ballybay 0-6 in Clones. While in Enniskillen it is a one-sided encounter with St Gall’s 1-15 Tempo 0-9 the latest score. Finally in Omagh a Dermot McGuckin point for Ballinderry leaves it Errigal Ciaran 0-10 Ballinderry 0-6.

Tipperary SFC final: 49 mins – Clonmel Commercials 1-8 Thomas McDonagh’s 0-5: Jason Lonergan with the latest point for Clonmel Commercials to see them ahead by six points.

Ulster Club SFC quarter-final: FT – Kilcoo 0-13 Ballybay 0-7: A six-point victory for the Down champions in Clones.

Leinster Club SHC quarter-final: FT – Oulart-The-Ballagh 1-13 Kilmacud Crokes 1-12: An exciting finish in Parnell Park with Nicky Kirwan’s 59th minute free after Garreth Sinnott was fouled enabling Oulart-The-Ballagh to just hold on for victory.

Leinster Club SHC quarter-final: FT – Kilcormac/Killoughey 1-11 Mount Leinster Rangers 0-9: The Offaly champions win by five points in Dr Cullen Park.

Leinster Club SHC quarter-final: FT – Rathdowney/Errill 1-12 Clonkill 0-12: Ross King helped inspire Laois champions Rathdowney/Errill to success in O’Moore Park against the Westmeath representatives.

Ulster Club SFC quarter-final: FT – St Gall’s 1-15 Tempo 0-9: Comfortable stuff in the end in Enniskillen for Antrim side St Gall’s as they win by nine points.

Tipperary SFC final: FT – Clonmel Commercials 1-9 Thomas McDonagh’s 0-5: Victory for Clonmel Commercials in Semple Stadium as they win their first county senior decider in ten years against the divisional outfit Thomas McDonagh’s.

Ulster Club SFC quarter-final: FT – Errigal Ciaran 0-11 Ballinderry 0-10: The Tyrone champions hold on for a slender one point win over Ballinderry in Omagh.

Waterford SFC final: 50 mins – Stradbally 2-2 The Nire 0-7: Stradbally have mounted a fightback in the decider in the Fraher Field and now lead by a point against The Nire.

Interesting result from Kerry as well with North Kerry club Finuge winning the county intermediate football title after a final replay win over Spa by 1-12 to 0-12. The interest in this game of course lies in the fact that current Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice and inter-county attacking star Paul Galvin were both in action for Finuge. They will be celebrating that triumph after falling short in recent years in their attempt to win that title.

Waterford SFC final: FT – Stradbally 2-2 The Nire 0-8: The Nire fight back to secure a draw in the decider in the Fraher Field against Stradbally. The replay will take place next Saturday night at 7pm.

To recap here’s the main talking points from today’s GAA club championship action.

In the Munster Club SFC quarter-finals, Dr Crokes had to survive a second-half fightback before defeating Kilmurry-Ibrickane in Quilty while Castlehaven were 11-point winners over Drom-Broadford in their game in Clonakilty.

In the Leinster Club SHC, there were victories for Oulart-The-Ballagh, Kilcormac/Killoughey and Rathdowney/Errill in their quarter-final ties.

In the Ulster Club SFC, there were wins for Errigal Ciaran, St Gall’s and Kilcoo in their quarter-final games.

St Thomas will feature in the Galway SHC final for the first time after a semi-final replay win over Gort.

Clonmel Commercials are Tipperary SFC champions for the first time since 2002.

Stradbally and The Nire must meet again after they finished all square in the Waterford SFC final.


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