Plenty of action over the weekend as the last round of this year’s Dublin Senior Hurling Championship takes place
It’s really hard to believe that almost three weeks have past already. And over tomorrow and Sunday, the last round of the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship takes place. And by Sunday evening we’ll know who will be battling it out in this year’s knock out stages.
As it stands before any of this weekend’s action six teams have secured their quarter final berths. But there’s still plenty to play for in this always hotly contested competition. So let’s see how things will pan out this weekend.
Dublin Senior A Hurling Championship – Round 3
Before a ball is thrown in tomorrow, both St. Vincents and Lucan Sarsfield are on two for two and into the Quarter Finals. And the highly anticipated game between these tow clubs might not have the edge we’d usually expect. The only thing to play for is the finishing position.
Playing for pride tomorrow are St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh and Ballinteer St. Johns, who have lost both their opening games. It means both will want to finish on a high, as there is no relegation this year and nothing at stake.
Saturday, August 8th. 2:45pm
St. Vincents v Lucan Sarsfield (Parnell Park)**
St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh v Ballinteer St. Johns (O’Toole Park)
Kilmacud Crokes silenced their doubters with two impressive wins over Ballyboden St. Endas and Craobh Chiarain to secure their Quarter Final slot. And tomorrow they can take the foot off the gas to an extent as they welcome Scoil Ui Chonaill to Silver Park at 6:30pm. Scoil will finish their first Senior A campaign hoping to record their first win.
The second qualifying slot in the group is up for grabs Craobh Chiarain head for Pairc Ui Mhurchu to take on Ballyboden St. Endas. The winner will head into the Quarter Final draw with Crokes.
Saturday, August 8th. 6:30pm
Ballyboden St. Endas v Craobh Chiarain (Pairc Ui Mhurchu)
Kilmacud Crokes v Scoil Ui Chonaill (Silver Park)
The action in Group 3 will take place on Sunday. St Brigids are already through to the last eight of the competition. But below them the remaining three sides all have a chance to get out of the group.
After an opening day draw with St. Judes, Faughs lost against Whitehall Colmcille late in the last round. So they’ll need a win over Brigids in O’Toole Park. And that win for Whitehall puts them right in contention as they go toe to toe with Judes in Parnell Park. This group will go down the wire, and keep us all guessing.
Sunday, August 9th. 3:00pm
St. Brigids v Faughs (O’Toole Park)
Whitehall Colmcille v St. Judes (Parnell Park)**
Like Vincents and Lucan in Group 1, Na Fianna and Cuala are already into the last eight. And tomorrow’s game is for their finishing position. There’s a huge air of confidence in Na Fianna based on the scorelines of their opening two games over Setanta and Thomas Davis. But you have to wonder are Cuala slowly building up a head of steam and not opened up yet. Supporters in Parnell Park and online will certainly be in for a treat.
Over in O’Toole at the same time, Thomas Davis and Setanta will play out their last round fixture, both knowing their season will come to an end tomorrow.
Saturday, August 8th. 4:45pm
Setanta v Thomas Davis (O’Toole Park)
Na Fianna v Cuala (Parnell Park)**
**DUBSTV will be streaming three games over this weekend for club supporters unable to access the games due to restrictions. Click here for more details on how to watch.