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N.Y. GAA Previews Juniors in spotlight

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Mike Fitzpatrick

12:30 p.m.

Junior Football "B"

Armagh vs. St. Barnabas

The senior football set-up has taken a brief hiatus due to the fact that the New York side has left for Ireland and taken 26 of the league’s best players with them. Therefore, we’ll be witnessing a number of junior games this week and next at the park. Armagh hope to bounce back from their recent defeat at the hands of Sligo, where they were beaten by 7 points. If St. Barnabas can take advantage of Armagh’s current slump, they should prevail.

2 p.m.

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Senior Hurling

Clare vs. Offaly

Offaly’s first season back among the senior hurling ranks didn’t open on a high note, losing to Westmeath in their opener. They followed this up with a heavy defeat at the hands of Tipperary. Clare were well beaten by another of the big guns of hurling a number of weeks ago, when they fell at the hands of Limerick. Clare put up a brave fight that day, and were unlucky to lose out by five points. I fancy the Banner men to come out victorious in this battle of the underdogs.

3:30 p.m.

Junior Football "A"

Westput Gaels vs. Rockland

The Gaels opened their season with a convincing win over Dublin at Gaelic Park, hoping to set in motion a serious challenge for honors this season. Rockland recently took part in a ferocious draw with their bitter rivals Donegal, where though they had the upper hand, Donegal scored a desperate point with mere seconds left on the clock. There are a number of decent looking sides in the "A" division this year, and Rockland must consider themselves to be one of those sides. I figure Rockland will come out on top, and to challenge the likes of favorites Rangers, they must continue to win.

5 p.m.

Junior Football "A"

Down vs. Fermanagh

Both of these sides have already played at Gaelic Park this season. The opposition for the two Ulster side’s previous games on each occasion was Rangers. The Blues came out victorious on both occasions, so both Ulster sides will be anxious to get into a winning streak before their rivals begin to surge. This division has a number of sides capable of winning the competition, including Rockland, Rangers and Donegal, so Down and Fermanagh really need to step up a a gear. Fermanagh to grab the win in a close contest.

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