Group 1: Craobh Chiarain top the pile and are through to the Quarter Finals with 2 wins from 2, they have beaten Na Fianna and Brigids with impressive displays by Kieran McGouran and Alan McCrabbe. O’Tooles are second with 3 points after a draw with Brigids and a win over Na Fianna. The Brothers Ryan, Carton and Arthur have been stand out for O’Tooles. Na Fianna have bowed out after 2 defeats despite of the defeats Joey Boland looked sharp coming back from injury and Shane Barrett looks like one for the future. St Brigids fate is out of their hands, first they need to secure a win over Na Fianna and hope Craobh Chiarain beat O’Tooles if this scenario played out a 12 point score difference would have to be made up. Looks like a tall task for Brigids, but stranger things have happened.
Group 2: Cuala are making waves in Group 2 and have already booked a spot in the Quarters with a devastating 24 point victory over Ballinteer followed by a 6 point victory over Lucan. Cuala are littered with Dublin stars the Treacys, Schuttes, Cian O’ Callaghan, Colm Cronin and the newest addition Kerry’s Darragh O’ Connell. They will have a say in this years Championship. The 3 other teams Faughs, Lucan and Ballinteer can mathemathically go through Faughs need a draw or a narrow Lucan win providing they beat Cuala, which looks like a tough task. It may come down to a winner takes all in Lucan and Ballinteer. All in all it should be an exciting conclusion to the group.
Group 3: This group has been dominated by the forces that are Ballyboden St Endas and St Judes! The victims of both are St Pats Palmerstown and Crumlin. The Group will finish with the top two and the bottom two pairing up against each other. Ballyboden like Cuala have an abundance of Dublin Stars old and new, the likes of Hiney, Keaney, Paul Ryan, new arrival Dotsy and many more. They face Danny Sutcliffe and co. to see who gets top spot! Both Judes and Boden should be in this Championship till the death.
Group 4: It looked like a foregone conclusion from the outset Crokes and Vincents going through 1 and 2 and it seems to be the case. Setanta will need some serious Heroics to beat the County Champions Crokes in their final group game and will have to do so with some to spare or hope Parnells beat St. Vincents but looking at the form book this may not materialise. Crokes and Setanta started with wins over Vincents and Parnells respectively. In the 2nd Round Vincents were buoyed by the return of Diarmuid Connolly who stole the show with some incredible scores and Alan Moore didn’t do too bad with a hat-trick they put Setanta to the sword with a 3-23 to 0-9 win! Crokes glided past Parnells with Oisin O’ Rourke and Ryan O’ Dwyer showing their county pedigree again. Crokes are en-route to 2 in a row but it won’t be easy. Vincents will be dark horses especially if they have the services of Diarmuid Connolly.