For those of us wanting a little excitement on Sunday afternoon we have a nice trio of games to choose from in Tyrone. The All Ireland Ladies semi final between Sperrin Og and Claregalway is sure to draw a large crowd to Greencastle as the local girls bid to emulate their male counterparts achievements and make the Club final on the 20th of November. They know they face a huge challenge from the Connacht champions but will be hoping that their team ethos and home advantage might be enough to see them through to a place in the decider.
Sperrin Og are very strong defensively with Laura Heagney and Eimear Teague leading by example. Shauneen Ferrity and Laura Lee Mc Cullagh provide the drive from the midfield while Kim and Amy Mc Cullagh, Nichola Glass and Louise Mc Dermott will carry most of the attacking threat. This game is quite a step up for the Tyrone girls but they have the necessary qualities and are confident they can do enough to get over the line.
While a place in the All Ireland final is at stake in Greencastle fifteen miles up the road Moortown and Gortin will be doing battle with the final place in senior football for 2012 the prize on offer to the winner. Moortown are the senior team and in such circumstances would be fancied to win this one but Gortin have been superb in their playoff games and their big win away to Rock was a serious indication that they meant business. They blew Galbally away in the Division Two final with Kevin Mossey in superb form. This looks like being a very close game but Gortin have the advantage of coming through a couple of very competitive games which might well prove decisive.
In the final Division Three playoff Brocagh and Dungannon meet to decide who will face Strabane in the final promotion/relegation playoff of the year. Both teams have had relatively successful years but the layoff since season’s end has not helped either side. This has a real championship feel to it where hunger and determination could well prove the difference. Brocagh were far from convincing last time out against Drumragh and a similar display against a side like the Clarkes would ensure another year in Junior football. However should the Donnelly brothers hit form the Emmetts have the experience to edge this one out.