It’s a bumper weekend of Ladies Football in the TG4 All-Ireland series with games in all three grades.
There are places in the last four of the senior, intermediate and junior up for grabs while for others they’re fighting to keep their senior and intermediate status and avoid place in the relegation play-offs.
Galway v Mayo
It’s the all-Connacht clash in Dr. Hyde Park, Sunday in the first game of a double header. These two sides met in the Connacht Final with Galway coming out winners in that game. That could give them the edge on Sunday.
Mayo looked good against Cavan in the group stages but fell to Dublin last time out. A few things didn’t go Mayo’s way that day but they did show at times what they are capable of.
Galway have a very good squad and will feel they have a great chance of not only getting past Mayo but getting to an All-Ireland Final.
Since the departure of players in the Mayo camp before the group stages the sole focus has been on football and that is still very much the case.
After losing to Galway in the Connacht Final Mayo will be out to avenge that result. Galway have been excellent this year and will look forward to the challenge that awaits them on Sunday.
Mayo have the capabilities of beating Galway but the Tribeswomen might have a little too much for them.
Dublin v Kerry
A repeat of last year’s semi-final in Roscommon on Sunday. Dublin comprehensively defeated Kerry to make it to the All-Ireland final and the rest is history.
The Dubs are the team to beat at the moment; reigning All-Ireland Champions and they’ve two pieces of silverware already secured this year – Leinster title and the Division 1 league title.
It hasn’t been a good year for Kerry with them being relegated to Division 2. They lost the Munster Final to their great rivals Cork. They did defeat Tipperary in the group stages but lost out narrowly to Donegal in their previous game.
This is a huge game for Kerry against formidable opposition. Dublin will have too much for them so the Dubs to advance to another semi-final.
Senior Relegation play-offs
Cavan v Monaghan
An Ulster derby with a lot at stake and this will be a tense and tight affair. Cavan will be disappointed with a lot of their previous games because they haven’t put in the performances they are capable of.
They were in a very tough group with Mayo and Dublin in it but they’ll be hoping those games will stand to them on Saturday.
Monaghan made the relegation play-off by virtue of score difference. They drew with Armagh in their opening game but lost heavily to Cork.
This is a hard one to call but if Cavan can get things right and put in a solid performance they will overcome Monaghan but it will be tight.
Tipperary v Waterford
Another derby game in the relegation play-offs. These games are what make the play-offs interesting this weekend. Tipperary had a very good league campaign and put in decent performances in the group stages of the championship.
Waterford were very unlucky not to get something out of the Westmeath game in their first group match and then found the going very tough against a good Galway side.
Just like the other game this is going to be another tight encounter. Tipperary get a hesitant nod; if their big players put in good performances they can come away with the win.
Clare v Meath
Clare’s Roisin Considine was a coach at the 4Codes Summer Camp in Ennis and she was confident ahead of this game.
The Banner County had a very good win in their last game against Wexford. That performance will give them a boost ahead of this game.
Meath were knocked out of the championship last year by a Munster side so they won’t want that to happen two years in a row.
The Royals have been inconsistent in this year’s Leinster and All-Ireland Championship. They lost to Wicklow in the Leinster Championship then when on to have convincing win over Fermanagh in the group stages but then lost to Roscommon last time out.
If Meath turn in the performance they can they will be very hard beaten. Clare too have match winners in their side.
Roscommon v Laois
A novel pairing considering Laois were a senior side. Roscommon won Connacht this year and have been impressive in the group stages. In their last game against Fermanagh they were able to pull ahead in that game when they needed to.
The Rossies have a strong team with a solid defence and a good forward line. In a lot of their games the scores have been spread.
Laois won Leinster and had an easy win over Longford in the group stages but surprisingly lost to Sligo last time out. They’ll want to bounce back from that.
Laois will probably be slight favourites for this and they can win it but we predict Roscommon will upset them and advance to the semi-finals.
Intermediate Relegation Play-offs
Longford v Down
To think that years ago these two sides used to be competing in All-Ireland semi-finals with Down winning the championship in 2013.
Longford have been poor this year and are missing a number of players who for whatever reasons decided not to return to the panel while others left at various times during the year.
They’re are struggling at the moment to organise a panel of players for this game. They haven’t been playing well when you are losing games it’s hard to get lift the confidence.
Down are similar to Longford. They’ve been on the receiving end of heavy defeats and have found the going very tough in this year’s championship.
Longford will be looking towards Michelle Farrell once again but Down should have the edge on them and that would leave Longford in a relegation battle.
Fermanagh v Offaly
This is the second game in Inniskeen on Saturday afternoon. Fermanagh were comprehensively beaten in their opening game by Meath but in their last game against Roscommon they put it up to the Connacht side.
Roscommon ended up winning that game but that performance will give Fermanagh some confidence ahead of this game.
Offaly have some good players but it was always going to be tough for them in the championship this year.
Going by their performance against Roscommon in the last game last year’s All-Ireland Junior Champions Fermanagh should edge this game.
London v Louth
Favourites Louth travel to Ruislip to take on London on Sunday with the winners claiming top spot in Group A of the championship.
Both sides are unbeaten in the group so something will have to give on Sunday. Louth are on top courtesy of their score difference of six points.
In their last game London had a narrow win over Antrim while Louth had too much for Kilkenny and ran out convincing winners.
Home advantage could be a benefit for London but Louth have been in terrific form this year and have the added advantage of playing Intermediate Football last year.