It’s not the weekend we were expecting in the Allianz Hurling League but it is an exceptionally busy one nonetheless.
Last week’s postponed Division 1A and 1B fixtures will take place on Sunday, the day the quarter-finals were meant to be played. Given that Clare and Limerick went ahead last week, as well as Laois against Dublin, the All Ireland champions were confirmed to play Laois in the quarter-finals.
That game will take place on Saturday night to decide who will make the final four of Division 1 of the Allianz Hurling League.
As to who will be joining them in the quarter-finals, it still remains to be seen. Wexford and Kilkenny both lie on equal points in the Allianz Hurling League table and the winner of Sunday’s rescheduled fixture will be guaranteed their place in the knock-out stages.
It has been a disappointing Allianz League campaign for Liam Sheedy and his men after just one win in their campaign so far. However, they will be looking to finish the group stage strongly when they travel to Pairc Ui Rinn on Sunday.
Meanwhile, in Division 1B, Waterford welcome Galway for their refixed clash, while for the second week in a row, Carlow and Offaly go head-to-head, expect this time it is to see who will remain in Division 1 and who will drop down to Division 2A. Given that Carlow were promoted last year, the Joe McDonagh champions will be desperate to come out on the right side of the result in Tullamore.
An intriguing final awaits us in Cusack Park, Ennis on Sunday as Westmeath and Kerry do battle to be crowned Division 2A champions. Both have looked impressive during this year’s campaign and it will be interesting to see who will be playing against hurling’s big guns this time next year.
With no Allianz Football League games this weekend, hurling takes centre stage on your television screens this weekend. On Saturday, TG4 will have live coverage of Laois v Limerick in the first quarter-final, beginning at 6.45pm. Meanwhile, on Sunday, they will have live action from Pairc Ui Rinn for the meeting of Cork and Tipperary while Wexford v Kilkenny and Waterford v Galway will also be shown on deferred coverage.
A full list of the weekend’s Allianz Hurling League fixtures can be found below.
Hurling League Quarter-Final: Laois v Limerick, Portlaoise, 7pm.
Hurling League Division 2B: Donegal v Warwickshire, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, 12.30pm.
Hurling League Division 1A: Wexford v Kilkenny, Innovate Wexford Park, 2pm.
Hurling League Division 1A: Cork v Tipperary, Pairc Ui Rinn, 2pm.
Hurling League Division 1B: Waterford v Galway, Walsh Park, 2pm.
Hurling League Relegation Play-Off: Offaly v Carlow, O’Connor Park, 2pm.
Hurling League Division 2A: London v Mayo, McGovern Park, Ruislip, 1pm.
Hurling League Division 2A Final: Westmeath v Kerry, Cusack Park, Ennis, 2pm.
Hurling League Division 2B Final: Derry v Wicklow, Inniskeen, 2pm.
Hurling League Division 3A Final: Roscommon v Armagh, Pairc Tailteann, 2pm.
Hurling League Division 3B Final: Sligo v Longford, Connacht GAA Centre, 2.30pm