All provincial first round fixtures confirmed as race for All-Ireland club hots up 3 months ago

All provincial first round fixtures confirmed as race for All-Ireland club hots up

County final season has been and gone.

It was a tremendous season, full of surprises and sure things, but aside from the Galway hurling and the Limerick football, every other senior club championship in the country has been decided.

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There were some marvellous stories - Westport in Mayo, Kilruane in Tipperary and Shinrone in Offaly all jump to mind - but now, whether you've won or lost, whether you're still on the field or back in the gym, the fact remains the same.

All eyes now have now turned to the opening round of the provincial club championships because, without a shadow of a doubt, it's one of the best competitions in the GAA. Palatine kicked it off last week when they defeated Wicklow champs St Patrick's in the Leinster club SFC but the best is yet to come.

The county champions are known, the draws are made and while they're all exciting in their own right, on paper anyway, very few of them can compete with that first round draw in the Ulster football championship.

Crossmaglen vs Ballybay should be a good one to kick it all off this Saturday night but there's an absolute show-stopper coming down the tracks in a fortnight's time when Derry's Glen take on Tyrone's Errigal Ciaran.

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Meanwhile, Kilmacud Crokes have a chance to make up for last year's disappointing defeat to Clough Ballacolla in the Leinster hurling when they meet on Sunday November 13 while this weekend coming, all eyes will be on Walsh Park in Waterford where All-Ireland champs Ballygunner take on Tipperary's newly crowned kings Kilruane MacDonaghs.

It sure is a quick turn-around for the Magpies.

So without further ado, here are the respective draws.

Ulster SFC

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Crossmaglen Rangers v Ballybay, Saturday November 5, 7.30, Athletic Grounds

Enniskillen v Gowna, Saturday November 12, Brewster Park 7.30

Cargin v Naomh Conaill, Sunday November 13, 1.30, Corrigan Park

Glen v Errigal Ciaran, Sunday November 13, 3.30 Celtic Park

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Kilcoo v Crossmaglen/Ballybay, Sunday November 13

Leinster SFC

Sunday November 6

Ratoath v Rhode, Páirc Tailteann, 2.00

The Downs v St Mary's, Ardee, TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar, 2.00

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Palatine v Portarlington, Netwatch Cullen Park, 3.00

Kilmacud Crokes v Naas, Parnell Park, 3.30

Leinster SHC

Saturday November 12

Naas v Shinrone, Newbridge, 1.30, Saturday November 12

Sunday November 13

Ballyhale Shamrocks v Castletown-Geoghegan, UPMC Nowlan Park, 1.30

St Mullin's v Ferns St Aidan's, Netwatch Cullen Park, 2.00

Kilmacud Crokes v Clough-Ballacolla, Parnell Park, 2.30

Connacht SFC

Sunday November 13

Moycullen v Westport, Sunday November 13, 1.30, MacHale Park

St Kiernan's (London) v St Mary's Kiltoghert, TBC

Munster SHC

Sunday November 6

Ballygunner v Kilruane MacDonaghs, Sunday November 6, 1.30, Walsh Park

Sunday November 20

Ballyea v St Finbarr's, 1.15

Na Piarsaigh  v Ballygunner or Kilruane MacDonaghs, 3.15

Munster SFC

Nemo Rangers v Clonmel Commercials, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 7.15, Saturday November 12

Éire Óg Ennis v The Nire, 1.15, Sunday November 13

Ulster SHC

Sunday November 20

Portaferry v Slaughtneil, Corrigan Park, 1.30 (Winner plays Dunloy)