While the junior championship hots up, the senior and intermediate campaigns won’t get under way until mid-September.

The match of the round is All-Ireland Champions Slaughtneil putting their two year unbeaten run on the line against Ballinascreen, in a repeat of last year’s county final.

The Emmet’s have lost Denise McGuigan and defender Dervlagh McGuigan to retirement.  Also, joint captain and key-marker Clare McGrath has also called time on her career.

Ballinascreen’s dual players have been boosted by winning the football championship and after giving the small-ball game a back-seat until now, before ramped up their preparations.

Last year’s intermediate champions Ballinderry face former double All-Ireland intermediate champions Eoghan Rua in a touch opening round.

In the intermediate championship, league winners Dungiven will meet Bellaghy in the first round – the only team to have beaten the Tones during the league.

Walsh's Hotel Derry Senior Championship

1 Ballinderry v Eoghan Rua 16th Sept at 4pm
2 Castledawson v Swatragh 13th Sept at 7pm
3 Ballinascreen v Slaughtneil 14th Sept at 7pm
4 Newbridge v Lavey 16th Sept at 6pm

4 v 3 22nd Sept 4pm
2 v 1 23rd Sept 4pm

Final: September 30

Glenshane Coach Hire Intermediate Championship

1 Dungiven v Bellaghy 15th Sept at 4pm
2 Kilrea v Glen 15th Sept at 12noon
3 Slaughtneil Reserves v Ballinascreen Reserves 16th Sept at 2pm
4 Greenlough v Banagher 15th Sept at 2pm

3 v 1 Sat 22nd Sept 2pm
4 v 2 Sun 23rd Sept 2pm

Final: September 30

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