This Saturday the 11th of May is a date that fans across the country have had marked in their calendar’s for quite some time. That’s right, the GAA championship fever starts now!
The quest to lift the Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy for the 2019 is well and truly on….
The Antrim hurlers get their Joe McDonagh campaign underway this Saturday at 5pm, as they welcome ‘The Kingdom’ Kerry to Pearse Park, Dunloy, which is Antrim’s home venue for this year’s championship fixtures.
Last year Antrim faced Kerry in the last game of the round-robin tournament, in a game that could have either put the Saffron’s in a playoff or relegation spot. Kerry surprisingly defeated Antrim which had the winners sat third in the group, with Antrim fifth-placed, and in a relegation spot.
Antrim and manager Neal Peden will certainly be looking to get their revenge this weekend as well as get their campaign off to a winning start, Antrim priced the slight favorites.
The Leinster Hurling Championship will also commence at Nowlan Park on Saturday, when former All-Ireland champions Kilkenny will face a tricky Dublin side. Dublin hurlers led by Matty Kenny sat second in division 1b in the league, reached the league quarter-finals and are a new rejuvenated side.
Kilkenny led by Brian Cody, will welcome the Ballyhale Shamrock hurlers back into the squad after their All-Ireland Club success. The Cats priced as favourites with Dublin the underdogs. The game will be live on Sky Sports at 7pm.
Turning our attention to Sunday’s action, and the huge Ulster Football championship clash between Tyrone and Derry! Tyrone will go into the contest as heavy favorites after a very successful league campaign, finishing third behind league winners Mayo and also Kerry.
While Derry goes into the game as huge underdogs who have had an impressive bounce-back season winning division four, impressively winning all seven of their games. Some say that the Oakleafs should never have been in footballs lowest tier, and will be hoping to provide a huge shock at the feet of the Red Hands at 4pm in Omagh.
The action on Sunday continues with the Munster and Leinster Hurling championship, which over the years has provided fans with an excellent spectacle and will have a lot to live up too!
Former All-Ireland champions Galway welcome current Joe McDonagh 2018 champions Carlow to Pearse Stadium at 3pm Sunday. Galway will be without key-man Joe Canning, but welcome back Conor Cooney and David Burke back from their All-Ireland Club run.
At 2pm the Munster Hurling championship will open its doors for the very first time at the newly-built Walsh Park. Current division 1B table-toppers Waterford, welcome a Clare side who are on red-hot form after finishing third in division 1A.
The final big game of the day sees Cork welcome Tipperary to Pairc Ui Chaoimh at 4pm. Both Cork and Tipperary finished their league campaign with two wins and three losses but will want to secure their place in the next round of the Munster Hurling championship.
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