The Michael Murphy Sports Intermediate Championship is also in the spotlight this weekend with six games in the three Groups.
Of the 12 teams taking part, there are four clubs from Division 2 (Cloughaneely, N Columba, Milford, St. Naul’s) and seven from Division 3 (Aodh Ruadh, Naomh Brid, Naomh Ultan, Naomh Colmcille, Buncrana, Burt, Fanad Gaels) and one from Division 4 (Carndonagh).
Cloughaneely, who were in the senior championship last year, would be regarded as favourites, but there are many who will feel that they have a chance, especially teams who are showing good form at the moment like Milford, Aodh Ruadh and St. Naul’s.
The games are being played on Saturday evening.
Milford v Carndonagh
Milford are the real form team of the group, going very well in the league and running Ardara close in the Senior Gaeltacht semi-final recently. In Cathal McGettigan, they have a very good scoregetter while the Barretts and Curleys are important to their cause.
St. Naul's v Fanad Gaels
At home St. Naul’s need to get the win to keep their hopes on track. Their reliance on Stephen Griffin continues, but he invariably delivers. Fanad have found the going tough this year but when the Friels are on song, they can be difficult opponents.
Verdict: St. Nauls
Cloughaneely v A Ruadh
Cloughaneely, with a full pack, would be favourites, not just for this game, but for the title. But they have been hit by a raft of injuries, which has been reflected in some recent results - losses to Naomh Muire and Milford, but they showed their worth with a draw against Four Masters.
Aodh Ruadh, under Peter Gallagher and James O’Donnell, have a 100% league record after six games and will travel with confidence, but Falcarragh is a difficult venue to get a championship result.
N Colmcille v N Ultan
Naomh Colmcille have really disappointed this year after some good seasons. Naomh Ultan, junior champions last year, travel with some confidence as they have competed very well in Division 3.
Verdict: Naomh Ultan
Buncrana v N Columba
One of the big clashes in the championship. Buncrana have not been going well, but when they have all their players available (including Darach O’Connor), they would be formidable.
Naomh Columba have struggled in recent weeks but come championship they usually perform and although they are a young side finding their feet, they could be one of the few away winners.
Verdict: N Columba
Naomh Brid v Burt
Naomh Brid, in Trummon, are hard to beat and will be fancied. David Walsh, after a recent setback with a toe injury, could be back, but they can always count on Pauric McDaid to pull them out.
Burt have had a very difficult league campaign but then it is not easy with a big portion of the panel playing county hurling on previous days.
Verdict: Naomh Brid