Premier Intermediate Club
We are doing the Power rankings in reverse this week, with the Senior Power Rankings already sorted and the Intermediate soon to follow….
No Movement with 4 Clubs and Movement with 12,it hasn’t been as volatile as the Senior or the Intermediate, but we suspect that’s down to very little between a lot of the teams and We can foresee a Tour de France style bunch sprint in Round 3 with a few lying on the ground battered and bruised and wondering how it all went so wrong so very quickly.
16.-Portroe – No Change from previous Power Ranking
Looked like they were getting back on track at half time against Gortnahoe/Glengoole but only managed 1-5 in the 2nd half. They need to get AJ Willis and Ruadhan Mulrooney back asap, they had the lowest from play total of any club in Rd 1 with 4 players scoring 0-06 whilst its improved in Rd 2 with 6 players scoring 1-12 from play, its bound to have them sleeping fitfully up on the hill, they are destined for the relegation battle now regardless of their round 3 result with Lorrha.
15.-Moyne/Templetuohy – No Change
Lost again despite having Gearoid O’Connor who hit 0-17 back in the mix. Conor Bowe injury isn’t as bad as first feared, they yet may curse the 30 seconds where Conor got injured and sub Steven O’Brien then goaled for Ballina . 3 Players scoring 1-02 from play is relegation form, Hard to see them beating St Marys in the last round.
14.-Silvermines – Down 2
Two tough losses now for the ‘mines. Will need to recover quickly to have a chance of beating near neighbor’s Newport and avoid the relegation play-offs. They have scored 0-32 in total over the past 2 rounds, Jason Forde has scored 0-22 of them.
13.-Sean Treacy’s – Down 1
A tough loss against West Rivals Eire Og. Will need a huge performance against Thurles Sars to get out of relegation. Patrick Carey their standout scoring performer so far with 2-17.
12.-Ballina – Up 2
Got the win they needed over Moyne. Steven O’Brien back is a plus and he made an instant impression bagging a goal 20 seconds after his introduction. Probably don’t have enough to trouble Cashel but have avoided the relegation battle. Matthew Power their go to man with 0-21,Eoghan Power with 1-06 from play.
11.-Newport – No change
A bad loss for Newport against Burgess and only scoring 11 points to boot. Will still fancy taking the Silvermines but won’t progress much further. This has all the look of a relegation quarter final.38 Year old Conor O’Mahony still proving he knows how to get stuff done with a 0-08 tally so far.
10.-Eire Og Annacarty – Down 1
Lose a spot despite winning. Last years Senior outfit finding life to be extremely sticky in the second level.Looked comfortable against West rivals Treacy’s. Need to beat Swan though to progress. Not an easy task however as Sars also have the head to head on them.
9.-Thurles Sarsfields B – Down 2
Lose 2 spots after a tough loss to Carrick Swan. Should have too much for Sean Treacy’s in the last round but their cause won’t be helped by their Senior team pilfering performers at this level, James Armstrong being a case in point already.
8.-St.Marys – Down 2
Poor result vs Cashel but will take heart from their performance down a few key players. 2-41 in total scored so far and the scoring graph is pointing up for them just at the right time, 5 players bagged 0-11 in round 1 while in round 2 it was 9 pulling in 2-16. Now they face a must win game vs Moyne in New Inn Saturday 26th, to guarantee qualification for the third year running.
7.-Carrick Swan – Up 3
A come from behind win over Sars will have the Swan roaring. Their scoring total of 3-28 has them right slap bang as to where they should be in the power rankings. Gavin O’Halloran (0-15) and his free taking prowess key to them making further headway. Their game with Annacarty has the makings of a cracker with the winner certain to make the knockout stages. A massive game.
6.-Clonakenny – Up 2
The Darkest of Dark Horses for this, but dont be fooled……Accounted for the ‘mines easily enough. In Round 1 they knocked out 1-16 with 5 different scorers in round 2 it was 2-18 with 7 different scorers which tells you what way their scoring graph is headed, John Joe Ryan, Capo of Clonakenny with 2-17 so far. Beat Burgess and they become real contenders.
5.-Gortnahoe/Glengoole – No change
Got the win over Portroe but not as convincingly as some would have thought. Conceded 1-18 also which is a worry. Their game Vs Killenaule will give a good indication of where both sides are. Have the preliminary Quarter Final get out of Jail card safely in the arse pocket but you feel that last years beaten finalist will want to come through the front door. When we get the scoring charts sorted later this week, we expect Keane Hayes to be at or close to the summit with 0-27.
4.-Killenaule – Down 3
Lose 3 places following loss to Lorrha, where their wide count didn’t do them any favours, although they might fancy their chances if both sides met again. They have had a consistently high spread of scorers across both games so far with 9 getting on the board both days, their scoring total jumps out at us 5-45 and even more impressive is their 5-34 from play. Have a prelim in the bag but will want to win the derby v Gortnahoe. They haven’t gone away.
3.-Burgess – No change
Going about their business quietly. A very good win over Newport where they turned on the after burners in the second half. One potential chink in their armor is their dependence on Stephen Murray with 1-25 out of 1-41. A cracker in store vs Clonakenny where they could seal a quarter final place.
2.-Cashel – Up 2
Put up another barnstorming performance v Mary’s despite being without the Ryan brothers. 1-28 is serious scoring with the Connolly’s running the show. A big robust team with probably the greatest depth of talent of any of the leading contenders which they have backed up by having 10 separate scorers the last day out.
1.-Lorrha/Dorrha – Up 1
Sailing into the Quarters. Job done and wrapped up after round 2 with 5-37 scored, Colm Fogarty with 1-19 franking his talent, Their movement and appetite for goals against Killenaule was exceptional. We would urge caution before any rush to crown them though, strength in depth is a major Achilles heel of theirs and even 1 injury could scupper their season.
Be sure and check out our latest Podcast Episode where we go through every game and put our necks on the block for Round 3.