Tony Griffin might be the first Ballyea man to ever win an All Star but he's since been joined by 2013 senior and young Hurler of the Year Tony Kelly. The latter also won three All-Ireland Under-21 titles, with fellow clubmate Paul Flanagan captain of the 2013 edition which saw off Antrim. Kelly was joined on that All Star side three years ago by his rival in this year's Munster club final, Glen Rovers' Pat Horgan,
AIB Club Championships: Previews and all the weekends fixtures
The weekend that's in it, we'll see a reigning footballer of the year in action and a former winner of the hurling gong too. Lee Keegan is in action for Westport while Tony Kelly hopes to lead Ballyea to maiden glory in Munster.
Carlow teams have pulled off some shocks in the past and they've Dublin champions Cuala lined up this weekend at home. Meanwhile a Lismore side hampered by a huge generation gap is looking to put one over on Kilmoyley.
And while they're at it, the Deise side boast 2007 hurler of the year, Dan Shanahan, with 1998 version Tony Browne on the sideline.