With the various Leinster Pre Season competitions already underway, Dublin’s Senior Hurlers and Footballers enter the frey tomorrow evening in both the Walsh Cup and O’Byrne Cup.
Last year was the first time in five year Dublin’s Hurlers didn’t make the Leinster Walsh Cup Final, with Kilkenny winning their 20th title. Ger Cunningham’s men did clinch victory the previous year in a fantastic final against Wexford in Croke Park. And now with a new management team at the helm, they’ll be looking to hit the ground running against Meath in Abbotstown tomorrow night.
Paul Clarke will be looking for his panel of youngsters to repeat their successful 2017 campaign and retain the O’Byrne Cup. A home fixture against Offaly will get them underway in Parnell Park tomorrow night.
At the recent launch of the Bord Na Mona Series, Leinster GAA caught up with new Dublin Hurling Selector/Coach Anthony Cunningham who explained how important the competition is for Dublin for their preperations for the year ahead. They also spoke to Jonny Cooper, who says the tournament is a perfect way for new players to show their worth to the management teams ahead of the National League and Championship.
The funds from all Bord Na Mona Competitions go towards the Leinster GAA Benevolent Fund, which supports former players and officials who have fallen on hard times, so the support of these games goes a long way in helping other less fortunate.
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