The Dublin CCC have today confirmed the opening Round fixtures in this year’s Senior A Hurling Championship
With all the action now over in this year’s All Ireland Senior Hurling and Football championships, our attention turns to the county championships. And this afternoon, the Dublin CCC have confirmed the fixtures for the opening round in this year’s Dublin Senior A Hurling Championship. The fixtures will take place from Friday to Sunday, September 3rd to the 5th. Here’s all you need to know.
Go Ahead Dublin Senior A Hurling Championship
Na Fianna v Whitehall Colmcille
Friday, September 3rd. 6:30pm. Parnell Park
Ballinteer St. Johns v Craobh Chiaran
Saturday, September 4th. 6:00pm. O’Toole Park
Semi Finalists last year Na Fianna were unbeaten in the Group 4 competition. The Mobhi Road men even recorded a win over Champions Cuala. They’ll be raring to go and will be quite content with the competition in Group 1 this year. They overcame Faughs in the Quarter Finals before losing to Ballyboden St. Endas in the last four.
Whitehall Colmcille and Ballinteer St Johns finsihed bottom of groups 1 and 3 respectively. Whitehall did register a win over Faughs in the round robin section and will relish play local rivals Na Fianna. Ballinteer on managed one drawn game against Plunketts.
Craobh Chiarain finsihed third in Group 2 in 2020 and will be looking to improve on their one win over Scoil Ui Chonaill.
Lucan Sarsfield v Setanta
Sunday, September 5th. 2:00pm. O’Toole Park
St. Judes v St. Vincents
Saturday, September 4th. 4:00pm. Parnell Park
Paired at the group stages again this year are Lucan Sarsfield and St. Vincents. And all that seperated them in Group 1 last year was an 11 point score difference in favour of Lucan at the top of the table. They played out a 1-17 a piece tied game in the final round to both advance.
Lucan beat Kilmacud Crokes in the Quarter Final only to lose to Cuala in the Semi Finals. St. Vincents were paired with Ballyboden in their last eight clash but sadly suffered a 10 point defeat.
A final round draw against Thomas Davis was all Setanta secured in last year’s championship competition so there’s plenty of room for improvement.
St. Judes finished third in Group 3 last year. They recorded a opening round draw against Faughs and a third round win over Whitehall. But it wasn’t enough to advance.
Cuala v Kilmacud Crokes
Saturday, September 4th. 6:00pm. Parnell Park
Thomas Davis v St. Brigids
Sunday, September 5th. 4:00pm. O’Toole Park
Reigning champions Cuala will be looking to retain their coveted county title in a hotly contested group. But they’ve been through the mill before and come out the right side. A final rounds loss to Na Fianna didn’t stop them advancing past St. Brigids and Na Lucan before pipping Ballyboden in the championship decider.
The champions will meet Thomas Davis once again in the group stage, with Thomas Davis finishing third in teh group last year. They only managed a Round 3 draw with Setanta last season so wil want to build.
Kilmacud Crokes had a clean sweep on the Group 2 competition a year ago, including a win over eventual finalists Ballyboden. It was heartbreaking to only narrowly lose their quarter final clash with Lucan Sarsfield by the minimum. But there’s more to come from the Stillorgan side.
Despite losing to Faughs in the final round of Group 3 last year, St. Brigids topped the table. They unfortunately met Cuala in their Quarter Final and were beaten on a 2-14 to 1-26 scoreline.
Ballyboden St. Endas v St. Oliver Plunkett ER
Friday, September 3rd. 8:15pm. Parnell Park
Faughs v Scoil Ui Chonaill
Saturday, September 4th. 4:00pm. O’Toole Park
Five points seperated Cuala and Ballyboden St. Endas in last years final, so Boden will have been disappointed to not finish out the year with the silverware. After an opening round defeat to Crokes they bounced back and went on a great championship run.
They’re paired in the group stages again with last year’s debutants Scoil Ui Chonaill. Scoil didn’t register a win last year so get a second bite in Senior A.
A final round draw with Ballinteer last year saw St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh finish third in Group 1. A clean slate will see them go again.
Faughs were runners up in Group 3 last year advancing to the Quarter Finals. But their run ended there as they suffered a 4-20 to 2-10 loss to Na Fianna in a tough Quarter Final.