Munster CCC Meeting – November 29th 2018

A meeting of the Munster CCC took place on Thursday night November 29th at Aras Mumhan, Limerick. The following decisions were made –

Senior Hurling

The fixtures for the 2019 Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship were ratified
2019 Senior Hurling Fixtures.

The draws for the Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round-Robin fixtures were made in 2017 for a five year period. The only changes possible as a result pertain to the running order each year. A discussion took place in relation to changing the running order of the 2019 fixtures in line with how Leinster Council will run their 2019 Round Robin Championship. While two counties will have to play three weeks in a row in the current Munster structure for 2019, this was deemed preferable to a county playing two away matches to begin the competition and another county playing two away matches to end the competition which would be the consequence of making such a change. The running order of fixtures will be reviewed again by the Munster CCC after the 2019 Championship.

Waterford proposed to amend the regulation whereby in the event a county is unable to host home games, it would be possible to nominate venues outside the province. This proposal was defeated. Discussions are ongoing in relation to Waterford hosting their 2019 Munster Senior Hurling Championship home games versus Clare and Limerick in Walsh Park Waterford.

Senior Football

The fixtures for the 2019 Munster GAA Senior Football Championship were ratified
2019 Senior Football Fixtures.

All games will take place on Saturday’s, including the Munster Senior Football Final.

Under 20 Hurling

The draws took place for the 2019 Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Hurling Under 20 Championship – the fixtures are as follows
2019 Under 20 Hurling Fixtures

Under 20 Football

The draws took place for the 2019 Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Football Under 20 Championship and are as follows
2019 Under 20 Football Fixtures – A decision on dates for this competition was deferred.

Minor Hurling

The fixtures for the 2019 Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship were ratified and will once again serve as curtain-raisers to the Munster Senior Hurling Championship games
2019 Minor Hurling Fixtures

Minor Football

A new structure for the 2019 Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship was ratified at the September meeting of the Munster CCC. At last night’s meeting, the order of the round robin fixtures was determined and the fixtures were ratified as follows
2019 Minor Football Fixtures

McGrath Cup Football

The fixtures for the 2019 McGrath Cup Football were ratified as follows
2019 McGrath Cup Football

Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League

It was confirmed that the official launch of the 2019 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League would take place on Wednesday December 5th and all fixtures will be confirmed on that occasion.

Munster Club SFC Final – Dr. Crokes 1-21 Miltown Malbay 2-9

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) defeated St. Josephs Miltown Malbay (Clare) by 1-21 to 2-9 in the AIB Munster Club Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday November 25th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Match Highlights

Dr Crokes triumph in Munster

AIB Munster Club SFC Final


By Paul Brennan at Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

Dr Crokes are champions of Munster for the fifth time in eight years after a comprehensive win over Clare’s St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay. The Killarney club justified hot favouritism to bank their fifth provincial title since 2011 – and eighth in all – although they were made to work hard for their win by a Miltown Malbay that soldiered gamely to the end.

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This was Dr Crokes toughest game of their provincial campaign, but a nine-point win illustrates their dominant position in Munster club football and franks their ambition to regain the All-Ireland title they won and then lost in 2017.

With a busy domestic season still to conclude in Kerry, Dr Crokes will be pleased to have come through this final without any fuss, but the concession of two goals and a two-month gap until an All-Ireland semi-final will focus the minds around Lewis Road over the Christmas.

In perfect conditions in the Gaelic Grounds, Miltown Malbay did exactly what they needed not to do, which was to concede an early goal to Dr Crokes, but it took less than three minutes for David Shaw to find the net after Gavin O’Shea’s point had got Crokes off the mark in the second minute.

Points followed from Daithi Casey, Kieran O’Leary, a pair from Tony Brosnan and a converted ’45’ from goalkeeper Shane Murphy to put the Kerry club 1-6 to no score ahead by the 11th minute, and this final had all the ingredients of a forgettable landslide.

But just as soon as this final looked to be heading towards an embarrassment as such, Miltown Malbay got their game together, kick-started by Kevin Keavey’s 13th minute point.

Midfielder Darragh McDonagh added a second and then in the 20th minute Eoin Cleary played in Oisin Looney who finished confidently past Murphy to cut the gap to five points, 1-7 to 1-2.

Casey and Brian Looney extended the Crokes lead back out to seven points, but Eoin Cleary and then Kieran Malone mined late scores for the west Clare club to help make it a six-point game at the interval, 1-10 to 1-4.

Early points from Brosnan and Looney stretched Dr Crokes’ lead after the restart and they never looked in danger after that as they ran their full bench, including Colm Cooper, who still has to make do with a place on the bench.

Points from McDonagh, Enda O’Gorman and a couple of Eoin Cleary frees kept the scoreboard respectable from Miltown Malbay’s perspective, and it was further embellished when McDonagh scored an added-time goal to give the large Clare support more to cheer about.

Few in Killarney would argue that this win is just the means to a greater end, one they’ll hope ends in the Hogan Stand on St Patrick’s Day.

Scorers for Dr Crokes: Tony Brosnan 0-8 (5fs), David Shaw 1-0, Daithi Casey 0-3 (2fs), Kieran O’Leary 0-2, Brian Looney 0-2, Micheal Burns 0-2, Gavin O’Shea 0-1, Johnny Buckley 0-1, Jordan Kiely 0-1, Shane Murphy 0-1 (’45’).

Scorers for Milltown Malbay: Darragh McDonagh 1-2, Oisin Looney 1-0, Eoin Cleary 0-3 (2fs), Kieran Malone 0-2, Kevin Keavey 0-1, Enda O’Gorman 0-1.

DR CROKES: Shane Murphy, John Payne, Michael Moloney, Fionn Fitzgerald, David O’Leary, Gavin White, Shane Doolan, Johnny Buckley, Daithi Casey, Micheal Burns, Gavin O’Shea, Brian Looney, David Shaw, Kieran O’Leary, Tony Brosnan.
Subs: Michael Potts for S Doolan (40), Colm Cooper for Looney (44), Alan O’Sullivan for M Moloney (48), Jordan Kiely for Shaw (50), David Naughton for D O’Leary (55), Brian Fitzgerald for M Burns (59)

MILLTOWN MALBAY: Sean O’Brien, Aidan McGuane, Enda O’Gorman, Eoin O’Brien, Colin Hehir, Gordon Kelly, Jamesie O’Connor, Oisin Looney, Darragh McDonagh, Kevin Keavey, Conor Cleary, Kieran Malone, Brian Curtin, Eoin Cleary, Cormac Murray.
Subs: Michael Murray for C Hehir (29, inj), Eoin Curtin for K Keavey (ht), Graham Kelly for J O’Connor (44), Sean Malone for B Curtin (50), Euan Reidy for A McGuane (55), Gerard Malone for C Murray (60)

REFEREE: A Kissane (Waterford).

Ticket Information

Pre Purchase Adult: €15
Match Day Adult: €20
Juveniles: Free

Student/OAP rebate available on matchday and pre-purchase tickets at designated turnstiles.

This is an unreserved fixture.

Tickets available via participating Centra and Supervalu outlets.

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Match Programme

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AIB Munster Club Intermediate Football Championship Final – Kilcummin (Kerry) 1-11 Fermoy (Cork) 1-3

Kilcummin (Kerry) defeated Fermoy (Cork) by 1-11 to 1-3 in the AIB Munster Club Intermediate Football Championship Final on Sunday November 25th at Mallow.

Kilcummin defeat Fermoy to claim Munster Intermediate title

Kilcummin (Kerry) 1-11 Fermoy (Cork) 1-3

Report By Therese O’Callaghan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kilcummin claimed the AIB Munster club IFC title in Mallow today. A strong finish to the first half and an impressive second half showing from the Kerry champions meant this is the 12th title for the Kingdom and fifth-in-a-row for Kerry clubs.

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Physically stronger, Kilcummin who were a senior team up to last year, enjoyed a two-point lead at the interval, 0-6 to 1-1. However, Fermoy will rue some costly misses – particularly goal chances in either half.

Having scored from the penalty spot in the fourth minute, Fermoy only had one more point in the first-half. The penalty was tucked away by Padraig De Róiste following a foul on Kieran Morrison. However, they should have had a raised a green flag from a second penalty in the 13th minute but De Róiste’s effort went wide of the post.

In an ultra-defensive game, Kilcummin reeled off a run of points in the second quarter. All from play and from the boot of Noel Duggan (2), Matt Keane (2) and Kevin McCarthy.

Kilcummin started the second half as they finished the first with Keane and Sean O’Leary kicking over points. Ruairi O’Hagan pulled a point back for the Cork side but then crucially a goal effort from De Róiste was taken off the line by William Maher. It was a goal they badly needed.

Kilcummin were glad of the let off. They went on to outscore their opponents three points to one in the fourth quarter. And in the second minute of stoppage time, Ian Devane delivered a Kilcummin goal after linking with Gary O’Leary and Damien O’Leary.

Scorers for Kilcummin: I Devane (1-0), N Duggan (0-1 free) and M Keane (0-3 each), P Casey, S O’Leary, G O’Leary, K Murphy and K McCarthy (0- 1 each).

Scorers for Fermoy: P De Róiste (1-0 pen), R O’Hagan (0-2 frees), M Brennan (0-1).

Kilcummin: B Kealy (Capt); P Casey, D Maher, D Moynihan; W Maher, C O’Leary, S O’Leary; K Murphy, K Gorman; P Nagle, G O’Leary, S McSweeney; K McCarthy, M Keane, N Duggan.
Subs: K Teahan for P Nagle (half-time), I Devane for N Duggan (39), D O’Leary for P Nagle (58), D O’Leary for G O’Leary (60), J McCarthy for K McCarthy (60).

Fermoy: L Coleman; P Clancy, J Daly, R Morrison; P Murphy, D O’Carroll (Capt), A Baragry; T Clancy, J Hutchings; S Aherne, P De Róiste, D Dawson; M Brennan, R O’Hagan, K Morrison.
Subs: E Clancy for R Morrison (half-time), B O’Sullivan for A Baragry (40), R O’Callaghan for M Brennan (42), R McEvoy for J Hutchings (45), A O’Connor for K Morrison (50), D O’Flynn for P De Róiste (55).

Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary).

Ticket Information

Adult: €15
Student/OAP rebate available on matchday at designated turnstiles.
Juveniles: Free

This is an unreserved fixture.

Match Programme

AIB Munster Club SHC Final – Ballygunner 2-14 Na Piarsaigh 2-8

Ballygunner (Waterford) defeated Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) by 2-14 to 2-8 in the AIB Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday November 18th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Match Highlights

Ballygunner win first Munster hurling club title since 2001

Report By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 2-14 Ballygunner (Waterford) 2-8

Ballygunner were crowned Munster hurling club champions in Semple Stadium, the Waterford side collecting a historic first title since 2001.

Na Piarsaigh defended the Town End and began with a terrific solo goal from Kevin Downes. Conor Power and Brian O’Sullivan hit points in return; Shane Dowling hit a free and it was 1-1 to 0-2 on five minutes.

Kevin Downes goal for Na Piarsaigh

Dowling (two) and Alan Dempsey eased Na Piarsaigh further ahead before Barry O’Sullivan responded: 1-4 to 0-3 11 minutes in. Brian O’Sullivan got a sight of goal but Padraig Kennedy saved well at the expense of a point. Harley Barnes and Ronan Lynch swapped points before Adrian Breen pushed Na Piarsaigh four clear, 1-6 to 0-5.

A Pauric Mahony free was followed by Brian O’Sullivan winning a Ballygunner penalty on 27 minutes: the Waterford side’s keeper Stephen O’Keeffe came up and goaled to level the game. A late Mahony free left Ballygunner one up at the half, 1-7 to 1-6.

Stephen O’Keeffe penalty goal for Ballygunner

Mahony (free) and Barry O’Sullivan hit points on the resumption, then Brian O’Sullivan put the Gunners four clear and the initiative was clearly with the Waterford men.

Mahony added a long-range free before Dowling had Na Piarsaigh’s first real chance, a close-in free. He took a quick one to Kevin Downes, who netted, but referee Nathan Wall called play back. Dowling pointed when he retook the free but Mahony responded from play – 1-12 to 1-7 on 42 minutes.

The same man dropped a ball all the way to the net from a free in his own half and added a point from a free immediately afterwards, and it was all Ballygunner – 2-13 to 1-7 and just over ten minutes left. Na Piarsaigh required a complete Ballygunner collapse to have any chance and that was never likely. O’Keeffe’s fine save from a Dowling shot energised his teammates.

Dowling would find the net from a free on 53 minutes but Ballygunner held out for a deserved win.

Shane Dowling goal for Na Piarsaigh

Scorers for Ballygunner: Pauric Mahony (1-6, 1-5 frees); S. O’Keeffe (pen)(1-0), Brian O’Sullivan (0-3); Barry O’Sullivan (0-2); H. Barnes, C. Power, S. O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: S. Dowling (1-4, 1-3 frees); K. Downes (1-0); R. Lynch (0-2); A. Dempsey, A. Breen (0-1 each).

BALLYGUNNER: S. O’Keeffe (JC), E. Hayden, B. Coughlan, I. Kenny, W. Hutchinson, Philip Mahony, H. Barnes, B. O’Keeffe, S. O’Sullivan (JC), Barry O’Sullivan, Pauric Mahony, P. Hogan, T. O’Sullivan, Brian O’Sullivan, C. Power.
Subs: M. Mahony for T. O’Sullivan (58); JJ Hutchinson for Power (60).

NA PIARSAIGH: P. Kennedy, J. Boylan, M. Casey, C. King, R. Lynch, W. O’Donoghue (c), T. Grimes, A. Dempsey, G. Brown, D. Dempsey, S. Dowling, C. Boylan, A. Breen, K. Downes, P. Casey.
Subs: M. Foley for O’Donoghue (blood, 31-3); M. Foley for Grimes (43); K. Ryan for Breen (50).

Referee: N. Wall (Cork)

Ticket Information

Pre Purchase Adult: €15
Match Day Adult: €20
Juveniles: Free

Student/OAP rebate available on matchday and pre-purchase tickets at designated turnstiles.

This is an unreserved fixture. It is only the O’Riann Stand open on the day.

Tickets available via participating Centra and Supervalu outlets.

Match Programme

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AIB Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Final – Charleville (Cork) 2-20 Feakle (Clare) 1-20

Charleville (Cork) defeated Feakle (Clare) by 2-20 to 1-20 in the AIB Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Final on Sunday November 18th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Late Darren Casey goal secures win for Charleville

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Charleville 2-20 – 1-20 Feakle

A 63rd minute Darren Casey goal secured Charleville victory in this Munster club intermediate hurling final, the North Cork side having overturned a 10-point interval deficit to take the verdict.

The situation looked ominous for Charleville at the break, Feakle enjoying a 1-13 to 0-6 lead.

Having clipped the opening two points of the game, Mark Kavanagh (free) and Kevin O’Connor the providers, Charleville were then outscored by 1-10 to 0-1 in the subsequent 17 minutes. Raymond Bane delivered the Feakle goal on nine minutes, with the Clare champions reeling off seven unanswered points thereafter.

Oisin Donnellan, who’d finish the half with four points from play, was proving a particular thorn in the side of the Charleville defence. Gary Guilfoyle and midfielder Shane McGrath, the latter threw over five frees and one from play in the opening period, were also making life very difficult for the North Cork side.

Mark Kavanagh’s point for Charleville on 21 minutes was their first in 14 minutes, leaving the scoreboard reading 1-10 to 0-4. Points subsequently from Donnellan and two McGrath frees had the gap at 10 come the call for half-time.

Of the first seven second-half points, six were struck by men in a red shirt. The comeback was on. Having reduced the deficit to five on four occasions, Charleville were struggling to get any closer of their opponents, but three-in-a-row from Darragh Fitzgibbon (free and ‘65) and Andrew Cagney cut the margin to three, 1-19 to 0-19, on 56 minutes.

The sides were level when Jack Doyle rattled the Feakle net on 59 minutes and Charleville hit the front thanks to a Darragh Fitzgibbon point in the subsequent action. The All-Star hurler was colossal in the second period.

Oisin Donnellan’s sixth white flag in the second minute of second-half stoppages suggested extra-time was inevitable, but in the third minute of injury-time, a blocked Conor Buckley point attempt fell into the path of sub Darren Casey and he stroked the sliotar past Eibhear Quilligan to complete both a famous comeback and win for Charleville.

Scorers for Charleville: D Fitzgibbon (0-9, 0-3 frees, 0-1 ’65); J Doyle, D Casey (1-1 each); M Kavanagh (0-1 free), K O’Connor (0-2 each); C Buckley (0-1), D O’Flynn (0-1 each).

Scorers for Feakle: S McGrath (0-9, 0-7 frees); O Donnellan (0-6); G Guilfoyle (0-3); R Bane (1-0); S Conway, M Daly (0-1 each).

Charleville: C Collins; D Butler, J Meade, F Cagney; A Dennehy, J Buckley, C Carroll; J O’Callaghan, K O’Connor; D Fitzgibbon, J Doyle, M Kavanagh; C Buckley, A Cagney, T Hawe.
Subs: D Casey for Kavanagh, D O’Flynn for Hawe (both 26); G Hanrahan for S Conway (51).

Feakle: E Quilligan; J Nelson, E McMahon, J Noonan; E Conway, E Tuohy, K Bane; S McGrath, C Smyth; O Donnellan, E Noonan, S Conway; R Bane, M Daly, G Guilfoyle
Subs: A McMahon for E Noonan (56); C Naughton for R Bane (60).

Referee: K Jordan (Tipperary).

Match Programme

AIB Munster Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Dromtarriffe (Cork) 2-16 Mount Sion (Waterford) 0-10

Dromtarriffe (Cork) defeated Mount Sion (Waterford) by 2-16 to 0-10 in the AIB Munster Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday November 17th at Mallow.

AIB Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Cloughduv (Cork) 1-16 Boherlahan-Dualla (Tipperary) 0-12

Cloughduv (Cork) defeated Boherlahan-Dualla (Tipperary) by 1-16 to 0-12 in the AIB Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Saturday November 17th at Boherlahan.

AIB Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Ballinameela (Waterford) 1-15 Tournafulla (Limerick) 0-14

Ballinameela (Waterford) defeated Tournafulla (Limerick) by 1-15 to 0-14 in the AIB Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Saturday November 17th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

AIB Munster Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Beaufort (Kerry) 5-23 Michael Cusacks (Clare) 0-4

Beaufort (Kerry) defeated Michael Cusacks (Clare) by 5-23 to 0-4 in the AIB Munster Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday November 17th at Páirc Uí Chochláin, Beaufort.

AIB Munster Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 5-20 St. Finbarr’s (Cork) 1-11

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) defeated St. Finbarr’s (Cork) by 5-20 to 1-11 in the AIB Munster Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 11th at Dr. Crokes GAA Killarney.

Match Highlights

Dr Crokes soar through to football senior club final with 21-point win over St Finbarr’s

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dr Crokes 5-20 – 1-11 St Finbarr’s

A massacre at Lewis Road. 5-20 from Crokes, each one of their 25 scores arriving from play.

The winning margin, which wound up at 21 points, was perfectly reflective of their unstinting dominance throughout, as well as the ruthless nature showed by every one of the 11 players who wrote their names onto a fairly lengthy scoresheet.

For St Finbarr’s, it was a harrowing afternoon. The contest was beyond them from relatively early in the opening period, but instead of the opposition easing off in the second period, the arrival of Colm Cooper and Jordan Kiely off the bench saw Crokes continue to punch holes in the visiting defence at every opportunity.

Between them, Kiely and Cooper contributed 1-4. From the starting team, the six forwards two midfielders and centre-back Gavin White all made scoring contributions.

It was relentless from a side who booked their third straight provincial appearance and seventh this decade with remarkable ease. It was game over at half-time as the hosts held an unassailable 2-11 to 1-3 lead. The writing was on the wall as early as the first quarter for the visitors as Crokes charged into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead.

The Cork champions did open brightly and pressed the Crokes defence early on, but all they had to show for their early attacks was a single Stephen Sherlock free. At the other end, the Barr’s defence was in all sorts of bother.

Crokes’ corner-forward pair of Tony Brosnan and David Shaw were causing endless problems for Glen O’Connor and Dylan Quinn, with Ross O’Dwyer, who was pulled off after just 16 minutes, finding the going particularly tough against Kieran O’Leary.

Gavin O’Shea and a beautiful Brosnan kick off the left sent the Kerry champions 0-8 to 0-1 clear by the 17th minute. The Barr’s, to their credit, fought gamely to wrestle back a game which was quickly moving away from them.

Sherlock kicked his second free and then Eoghan McGreevey, after a fine Colm Scully block back the field to instigate the move, lobbed Shane Murphy for a much-needed goal.

Looney and Conor Dennehy swapped points in the subsequent passages to leave three between them, 0-9 to 1-3, but in the closing eight minutes of the half, the home side kicked 2-2 without reply to end this game as a contest.

Johnny Buckley delivered their first, with his midfield partner Daithi Casey, after a truly brilliant Kieran O’Leary pass, bagging their second in first-half stoppages.

The second-half was even more brutal from a Barr’s perspective. Micheál Burns, David Shaw and Kiely all rose green flags, whereas the Cork side was time and again left frustrated as they chased goals.

Scorers for Dr Crokes: T Brosnan (0-4); D Shaw (1-3); M Burns, D Casey, J Kiely (1-1 each); B Looney, C Cooper (0-3 each); G White, J Buckley, G O’Shea, K O’Leary (0-1 each).

Scorers for St Finbarr’s: S Sherlock (0-6, 0-3 ‘45s, 0-2 frees); E McGreevey (1-0); R O’Mahony (0-2); I Maguire, C Dennehy, D O’Brien (0-1 each).

Dr Crokes: S Murphy; J Payne, M Moloney, F Fitzgerald; D O’Leary, G White, S Doolan; J Buckley, D Casey; M Burns, G O’Shea, B Looney; D Shaw, K O’Leary, T Brosnan.
Subs: A O’Sullivan for Moloney (30); C Cooper for Brosnan (42); J Kiely for D Shaw (44); M Potts for Doolan (49); P Clarke for Buckley (52); J Lyne for Burns (53)

St Finbarr’s: J Kerins; D Quinn, R O’Dwyer, G O’Connor; C Lyons, C Scully, C Dennehy; I Maguire, E Comyns; D O’Brien, M Shields, E Dennehy; E McGreevey, C Keane, S Sherlock.
Subs: C Barrett for Shields (13 mins, inj); J Burns for O’Dwyer (16); R O’Mahony for Keane (HT); A O’Connor for McGreevey (34, inj); A McCarthy for O’Connor (49); A Lyne for O’Brien (56).

Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary).

Ticket Information

Adult: €15
Students/OAP’s: €10, will receive their concession at the designated stile with valid ID prior to entry
U16’s: Free

Tickets are available now from participating Centra & Supervalu outlets

Match Programme

Pick up a copy of the 32 page souvenir match programme on Sunday