Sunday 26th March (All throw ins at 3:00pm)
Allianz HL Division 1A
Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park
Cork v Tipperary, Páirc Uí Rinn
Dublin v Kilkenny, Parnell Park
This weekend is the final round in this year’s Allianz National Hurling League and Dublin have a huge uphill climb to keep their Division 1A status alive.
Parnell Park will host their home game against Kilkenny, and nothing but a win will be good enough. And with a score difference of -15 this doesn’t make Dublin’s task any easier.
Tipp are top of the mountain with 7 points and cannot be caught. They have landed a quarter final spot regardless of the result in their game against Cork in Pairc Ui Rinn.
But of course there are three more slots to fill. Clare, Cork and Waterford are currently sitting in these three positions, all with four points, just separated by score difference. Clare are +1, Cork are evens, and Waterford sit on -8.
So Sunday’s game between Clare and Waterford in Cusack Park is a straight shoot out with the winner guaranteed a quarter final slot. But a draw might just be enough for both to be successful, depending on the outcome of other games.
If Cork can somehow beat Tipperary, they will qualify, hoping Tipp might ease off the gas knowing they’re guaranteed qualification.
The only wild card here is they will meet later this year in the Munster Quarter Final and both sides will want to lay down a marker.
So that leaves Dublin and Kilkenny. The cats are sitting just one point above Dublin in at the bottom of the table. Both desperately need a win if there’s any hope of a knock out spot, but obviously that’s not possible and a drawn game is of no use to either.
The two sides are both in negative numbers when it comes to score difference, and with that in mind they could be facing each other again very soon in a relegation battle for Division 1A survival.
It’s literally all to play for. And come Sunday evening we’ll know where they all stand.
(image credits: GAA.ie)