We’ve reached the last eight and we’re in for a bumper weekend in the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship
It feels like it only started, but tomorrow and Sunday we witness the Quarter Finals of this year’s Dublin Senior Hurling Championship. In a heartbeat the three round robin stages have been completed and from sixteen teams we’re down to the final eight.
Official Dublin GAA will live stream three of the four game this weekend, while there will be deferred coverage of the St. Brigids v Cuala Quarter Final on TG4 on Sunday.
So here’s how the games will be scheduled and also how the teams reached the knock out stages of the competition this year.
Na Fianna v Faughs
Saturday, August 22nd. 3:00pm. Parnell Park
Group 4 winners Na Fianna completed the Round Robin stages on a clean sweep of wins. Along the way they saw off the challenge of Setanta, Thomas Davis and last year’s Senior Champions Cuala to end a perfect campaign. And they’ll be up for the challenge of Faughs tomorrow, who finished runners up in Group 3 behind St. Brigids.
Faughs had a sticky beginning drawing against St. Judes in Round 1 before losing to Whitehall Colmcille. But a win over Brigids in the final round saw them over the line to qualify for tomorrow’s encounter. Na Fianna were at this stage last year but lost to eventual finalists St. Brigids, ending their championship.
St. Vincents v Ballyboden St. Endas
Saturday, August 22nd. 5:30pm. Parnell Park
In the second of tomorrow’s head to heads, Group 1 winners St. Vincents will take on Group 2 Runners Up Ballyboden St. Endas. Vincents finished level on points with Lucan Sarsfield after the sides played out a final round 1-17 a piece draw. But the Marino side had the better score difference giving them the edge. Before that game Vincents had successfully beaten St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh and Ballinteer St. Johns to rack up the points.
Ballyboden finished behind Kilmacud Crokes in the Group 2 table after Crokes stunned them in Round 1 on a 4-18 to 0-16 scoreline. But Boden regrouped beating Scoil Ui Chonaill and Craobh Chiarain to secure their last eight slot.
This is a repeat of last year’s Quarter Final meeting, with Vincents beating Boden on September 21st last year. They went only one game further losing to Champions Cuala in the Semi Finals.
St. Brigids v Cuala
Sunday August 23rd. 2:00pm. Parnell Park
A repeat of the 2019 Final as Group 3 winners St. Brigids square off once again against Group 4 runners up Cuala. Brigids are still in search of that elusive first title, with Cuala after their eight. In the 1-18 to 1-14 final Cuala found it difficult to shake Brigids until the very end, and it sets up Sunday to be a thriller.
The Russell Park side saw off Whitehall Colmcille and St. Judes before losing to Faughs in the final round, but it was still enough to top the group. They probably fancied avoiding Cuala, expected to top Group 4. But the reigning champions faced a dogged Na Fianna side in the last round after securing wins over Thomas Davis and Setanta.
Kilmacud Crokes v Lucan Sarsfield
Sunday, August 23rd. 4:30pm. Parnell Park
Lucan Sarsfield only finished as runners up in Group 1 on score difference after their drawn game with St. Vincents. But they held their own against St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh and Ballinteer St. Johns. They’re up for a serious challenge however in some stiff opposition.
The opening round for Kilmacud Crokes really set the tone beating Ballyboden. And that tone continued against Craibh Chiarain and Scoil Ui Chonaill. This could be Crokes time but you can never write off Lucan.
Both sides were beaten Quarter Finalists in 2019 and will be hoping there are better fortunes in the short 2020 season.
We’ll be keeping our twitter feed buzzing tomorrow and Sunday around all four games to give you as much info as we can. Here’s to a busy Dublin Senior Hurling Championship filled weekend.