After last Weekends first Round of Premier Intermediate Club action, We definitely expected Movement in the Rankings and We got some.
This was our first edition of the Premier Intermediate Power Rankings, check out where We thought everyone was before the Round 1 games.
The Likes of Killenaule,Lorrha and especially Thurles Sars with their defeat of Eire Og Annacarthy have all laid down an early marker, while the likes of Portroe ,Moyne Templetuohy and the Silvermines will need a win in Round 2 to get their season back on the Road.
Premier Intermediate Power Rankings
16 Portroe No Change
We were having our doubts as Port started well against Killenaule but the eventual heavy defeat backs up their original position. In a very tough group with three in form teams so could be set for the relegation play-offs and will need the return of key players to strengthen their hand if that is the case.
15.Moyne Templetuohy Down 3
An abysmal second-half showing against Cashel in what was a feisty affair in Holycross, 0-06 from play and we don’t even want to go into the wide count or the tactics v 12 men.Moyne will need to re-group quickly for a must-win clash in round 2 with Ballina if they are to avoid the relegation play-offs.One Glimmer of light,We are hearing that a certain Gearoid O’Connor is back from the States.
14.Ballina No Change
Were very competitive for large periods against St. Marys in Round 1 but just came up short against the south side losing by 3 at the end, they may take some confidence from this and a win in round 2 v a Moyne side in all sorts of trouble, would see them shoot up the rankings.
13.Sean Treacys Up 2
The famed Treacy’s never say die attitude was on full display in Round 1 as the West side fought back from 5 points down against Carrick Swan to take a share of the spoils. Will be delighted to take something from that game and will look to cause a shock in Round 2 against a rattled Eire Og,the form of Patrick Carey is key to them progressing. All to play for in this group.
12.Silvermines Down 2
Lost a tight arm wrestle against Burgess and might be disappointed they didn’t get over the line in that one. Now face a must win tie against Clonakenny in Round 2,the major worry looking in,is their continued dependance on their talisman,Jason Forde,0-14 the last day,11 frees,1 65,2 from play,3 other scorers contributing 0-4 points from play,You don’t need to have Paul Kinnerk levels of foresight to see what you have to do when you go and play the ‘mines.
11.Newport No Change
An opening round draw sets Newport up for an all North Round 2 clash against Burgess and with the likes of both Colin and Odhran Floyd in flying form they will fancy their chances of being higher come the next edition of these rankings.Conor O’Mahony with 0-03 the last day yet again showing class is permanent.
10.Carrick Swan Down 1
Once again they will start the County series with some regrets after a promising Divisional campaign. Although not an outright disastrous result drawing with the Treacy’s, they now face a tricky tie against a Sars team who will be full of confidence after their first round win. That match looks crucial to shaping their season now.
9.Eire Og Annacarthy Down 6
The joint biggest movers of these power rankings, but in the wrong direction. May have got too much respect coming down from Dan Breen with their original placing but were well bet by Sars in Round 1.With 10 different Scorers v Sars but only 1-10 from play, they will have to adjust quickly to their new reality or a relegation battle for the second year in a row could be on their hands.
8.Clonakenny No Change
The old reliables will always be there or thereabouts in games at this grade and are a hard team to beat as evidenced by their 1-16 apiece draw v Newport.John Joe Ryan the main Man for them the last day with 1-10. A win over Silvermines in Round 2 would see them cement their place in the top 8, come Round 3.
7.Thurles Sarsfields B Up 6
The result of Round One, A win over a 2022 Senior Side sees Sars second team showing their true form after a disappointing divisional loss. Have a great mix of youth and experience so may be particularly dangerous in the group stages here.8 different scorers and 3 different scorers from frees shows strength in depth and they won’t fear anyone after this win. Swan up next for Sars.
6.St.Mary’s Up 1
Ground out a hard-fought win over Ballina in Round 1 with a late surge of scores proving the difference. Will now look at a top of the table clash with Cashel as a potential group decider in what looks like one of the games of round 2.Sean Kennedy got 0-11 all of them frees,a higher scoring rate from play and a win over Cashel will see them surge up the rankings next time out.
5.Gortnahoe Glengoole Down 4
A big fall for the Mid men after a late smash and grab by Lorrha, Which they were in control for all of normal time but they won’t be too concerned and should power back up with a win in Round 2 as they face basement side Portroe. Keane Hayes catching the eye in Moneygall with 0-10,7 of them frees.
4.Cashel King Cormacs Up 1
Cathal Quinn produced a star turn for King Cormac’s as they survived three red cards to bag a round 1 win.That performance provides as many questions as answers and they will need to be a lot more disciplined in future games, that being said the talent in their panel is there for all to see.Could Suspensions potentially coming down the tracks derail the 12 Apostles ?.Next up for them is Mary’s in Cahir on Sunday 13th of August.
3.Burgess Up 1
A 2 Point first round win over Ballina sets them up for a tilt at top spot and that highway straight into the quarter finals. Look to be a team that all really know their jobs and are well organised, a good recovery after the North final epic against Lorrha. Stephen Murray with 0-13 the last day and unerring on frees has kept up his 2022 form.
2.Lorrha Up 4
Pulses are definitely racing again up North with Ken Hogan’s men going from strength to strength,3 points down on the 60 minute mark v Gortnahoe in Moneygall and to win by 1 shows a team on a high and Semple Stadium provides a suitable setting for their Round 2 clash with Killenaule. Bonner, the Hogans. McIntyre’s et all will need to be on top form to make top spot next time round.
1.Killenaule Up 1
The highest margin victory in Round 1 follows up their South winning divisional crown,3-16 from play the last day in a second half demolition of Portroe with 9 different scorers from play, the Robins look to be purring along nicely and all without their talisman Bubbles so far. Manager Niall Dwyer and team have done a fantastic job in reversing Killenaule’s fortunes and look sure to be a team that are involved at the business end of the competition.
The Updated Intermediate Club Power Rankings are also out
Check out the Full Rankings in this Week’s Podcast Episode where We delve further into the Rankings and review every one of the Round 1 Games whilst also looking ahead and previewing the Round 2 games, across the 3 Grades.