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RISING STAKES

THE beauty of the current Galway Intermediate Football Championship format is that an opening day defeat doesn't necessarily have to be ruinous for a club's season. Two victories from three round-robin fixtures is generally enough to advance from a four-team group, so it's very much a case of how the defeated respond to their Round 1 setbacks that will be most telling.
Against that backdrop, Glenamaddy, Killererin, St Gabriel's, Headford, Cárna-Caiseal, Corofin and Menlough know they simply can't afford any more slip-ups if they're to remain in the quarter-final picture. For some, maintaining their status will already be uppermost in their thoughts.
Kilconly and Oranmore-Maree will have mixed emotions after playing out a draw, while winners Leitir Mór, Kilkerrin-Clonberne, Williamstown, Cortoon Shamrocks, Caltra, Dunmore MacHales and Oileáin Árann all placed sizeable down payments on qualification for the last eight. Round 2 fixtures are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and it's all set up for another very interesting weekend in the race to lift the Cotter Cup.
Read our full preview of this weekend's fixtures in the current edition of The Tuam Herald, on sale in shops and online www.tuamherald.ie

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