A huge weekend of hurling as all the Senior Semi Finals will throw in over today and tomorrow
As we reach the penultimate stage of this year’s Go Ahead Dublin Senior Hurling Championship, there’s a veritable feast for hurling fans across the next two days with the Senior 1 & 2 Championships taking centre stage at Dublin GAA headquarters in Parnell Park. And by tomorrow evening we will know the teams that will battle it out for silverware in the respective competitions.
Dublin Senior 1 Hurling Championship Semi Finals
Kilmacud Crokes v Ballyboden St. Endas
Saturday, October 8th. 7:30pm. Parnell Park
Cuala v Na Fianna
Sunday, October 9th. 4:00pm. Parnell Park
Over the last weekend in September both Ballyboden St. Endas and Na Fianna came through Quarter Finals in the Senior 1 Hurling Championship to qualify for another shot at the top flight crown this weekend.
With four points to spare Boden scored a 2-21 to 0-23 win over Lucan Sarsfields in a very entertaining knock out draw. After what was a frustrating defeat to Cuala in the final round of their group phase, Boden were keen to lay down a marker against League Division One champions Lucan. Lucan had beaten the Firhouse men in that decider but there was much more at stake here. Thankfully for Ballyboden they came through an epic battle to secure their place in this weekends last four action.
Na Fianna shone through in their semi final to keep alive their chance of a place in back to back deciders. In their way were a more than capable St. Vincents side who had shown in their valiant efforts against Kilmacud Crokes in the final round that they were more than worthy of their place in the Senior 1 Hurling roll of honours chase. But with the combined scoring efforts of Colin Currie and Donal Burke in favour of the Mobhi Road men, Na Fianna reversed a trailing game to finish 1-19 to 0-17 victors over Vincents, leaving the Marino men returning to the drawing board for another season.
Standing in the way of Ballyboden and Na Fianna this weekend are former champions Cuala and reigning champions Kilmacud Crokes. Cuala will be familiar with both semi final qualifiers as they scored wins over both in their four round robin games. Those wins combined with successful returns against St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh and St. Judes saw the Dalkey side comdortably top the Group 1 table. That gave Cuala a reprieve and a rest as the other sides battled out the Quarter Finals. Similarly reigning champions Kilmacud Crokes gave themselves semi final advantage by seeing off Vincents, Lucan, St. Brigids and Craobh Chiarain in Group 2. It sees Crokes chasing a potential back to back Senior hurling and football championship double.
Dublin Senior 2 Hurling Championship Semi Finals
Whitehall Colmcille v Ballinteer St. Johns
Saturday, October 8th. 5:15pm. Parnell Park
Faughs v Castleknock
Sunday, October 9th. 2:15pm. Parnell Park
Dublin Senior 3 Hurling Championship
Raheny v Clontarf
Saturday, October 8th. 4:30pm. St. Annes Park
Erins Isle v Naomh Barróg
Saturday, October 8th. 4:30pm. Finglas
Dublin Intermediate Hurling Semi Finals
Fingallians v Naomh Mearnog
Saturday, October 8th. 4:30pm. Lawless Park
St. Sylvesters v Ballyboden St. Endas
Saturday, October 8th. 4:30pm. Broomfield