Macroom and Muskerry will be busy places this weekend as the first major weekend of the 2016 Cups & Shields campaign starts. The AIG Jimmy Brien Shield will see 22 Cork clubs battle over four matchplay rounds with the hope of qualifying for the Munster finals in Douglas in July.
2015 South Munster winners Lee Valley were beaten last week in one of two preliminary matches in Macroom. Bandon got the better of the Munster semi-finalists and they now go on to face Raffeen Creek in the first match tomorrow morning. Skibbereen beat Bantry Bay in the other preliminary match and they’ll face Lisselan in the first round proper. Hosts Macroom play Fernhill and Dunmore face Kinsale in the other match.
Beaten South Munster finalists Mahon are in action in Muskerry, they are playing Mallow and will be hoping to go one better this year. The hosts have strong links to Jimmy Bruen and they have plans to commemorate the anniversaries of Bruen’s Amateur Boys win in 1936 and his Amateur Open win in 1946 this year. This weekend they’ll have their eyes on qualifying and recapturing the national title they last won in 2007, and they’ll face the winners of Fermoy and East Cork.
Results will be updated as soon as made available from both venues.