Everything you need to know for Round 1 of the Dublin Senior A Hurling Championship
Well the National Football and Hurling Inter County Leagues are nearly over for Dublin’s Senior panels. And it’s almost time for the first round of this years Football and Hurling Club Championships. Round 1 is always a good bridge between the Inter County League and Championship and next week sees the start of this years Senior A and Senior B Hurling Championship
There are some serious fixtures in the opening round, with reigning County Champions Ballyboden St. Endas taking on Lucan Sarsfield, and Kilmacud Crokes facing Na Fianna in a Parnell Park double header.
All Round 1 games will be played between Wednesday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 6th.
So without further ado let’s get into the details..
Dublin Senior A Hurling Championship
Kilmacud Crokes v Na Fianna
Saturday, April 6th. 4:00pm – Parnell Park
Faughs v O’Tooles
Saturday, April 6th. 4:00pm – Monastery Road
Beaten Finalists Kilmacud Crokes will be looking to go one better in this year’s Championship. After two games, they were finally overcome by Ballyboden in the 2018 Final. Up to then Crokes were unbeaten right through their Group 2 Rounds, and were victorious over St. Judes in the Quarter Finals. They went one better dethroning then Champions Cuala by 3-13 to 1-17 in the last four. They’re paired again in a group with Na Fianna, who suffered their only group loss to Crokes last year. Finishing in runner up spot they faced local rivals St. Vincents in the last eight and sadly lost out by just 0-02 for a Semi Final slot. They meet Kilmacud once again next Saturday week at 4:00pm in Parnell Park
Faughs get their Senior A campaign underway against O’Tooles, having come up from Senior B last year as winners. O’Tooles only registered one win in last year’s Championship so they’ll be hoping to hit the ground running in Round 1. It’s a 4:00pm Throw In at Monastery Road on April 6th.
St. Judes v Ballinteer St. John
Saturday, April 6th. 3:30pm – O’Toole Park
Cuala v St. Brigids
Saturday, April 6th. 5:15pm – O’Toole Park
An O’Toole Park double header will get Group 2 underway. Beaten St. Judes and Ballinteer St. John will be hoping to get up and running quick. Judes finished below Vincents last year in Group 1, only dropping points against the Marino outfit. Ballinteer won one, drew one and lost one, but it was enough to get out of Group 4 behind Lucan Sarsfield. The first throw in at O’Toole Park next Saturday will be 3:30pm
Cuala start life without new Dublin Senior hurling manager Mattie Kenny. And they’ll be hoping to get back to winning ways in 2019. First up for them is St. Brigids who share a groups with the Dalkey men once again. Last year Brigids failed to pick up a win in the group so there’s certainly room for improvement. It’s a 5:15pm throw in at the Crumlin venue.
St. Vincents v St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh
Wednesday, April 3rd. 7:15pm – Parnell Park
Craobh Chiarain v Naomh Fionnbarra
Thursday, April 4th. 7:15pm – O’Toole Park
Group 3 will take over Donnycarney headquarters next Wednesday and Thursday with two fantastic games. St. Vincents topped Group 1 in last year’s competition and pipped Na Fianna to a Semi Final slot. But they were to meet eventual Champions Ballyboden in the last four and lose. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh are the second promoted side the Senior A as runners up to Faughs so it’s a new beginning for them, with a tricky start. Wednesday April 3rd at 7:15pm is the time and date for this one.
Then on Thursday at the same throw in time, there’s a massive clash between two serious hurling clubs. Craobh Chairain are looking for a more improved competition this year, having lost two of their three Group 3 games last year. For Finbarrs, they went three losses for three so they’ll be eager to put that behind and get off to a better start.
Setanta v Whitehall Colmcille
Saturday, April 6th. 4:00pm – Broomfield
Ballyboden St. Endas v Lucan Sarsfield
Saturday, April 6th. 5:45pm. Parnell Park
Setanta and Whitehall finished in a similar position last year. Both with one win from three group games. So this Championship opener will be a serious contest. They’ll want to pick up points before later games against stronger opposition in the group. You can catch the action at Broomfield next Saturday at 4:00pm
Last but certainly by no means least, it’s the reigning champions Ballyboden St. Endas in action against last year’s Group 4 winners and beaten Quarter Finalists Lucan Sarsfield. Lucan still searching for their first County Championship, Ballyboden looking to retain for a second year, and their eight in club history. Both sides unbeaten in the group phases last year, with Lucan eventually falling to Cuala in the last eight. This is the perfect game to finish off all the Round 1 action. And it follows the Kilmacud Crokes v Na Fianna game from Group 1 in Parnell Park next Saturday at 5:45pm