The popular sports entertainment show A League of Their Own will add a dash of half-time spectacle to the game between Kilkenny and Wexford at Nowlan Park this Saturday.
Show stars Jamie Redknapp, Freddie Flintoff and Rob Beckett will compete against each other in a halftime hurling challenge as Kilkenny take on Wexford to an expected crowd of over 25,000.
The trio have enlisted the help of Kilkenny hurling legend DJ Carey and will be in The Marble County ahead of the game this weekend to be mentored by the five-time All-Ireland champion and hone their skills in time for the half-time showdown.
This is the first time the BAFTA-winning show has come to Ireland.
“People in the UK are fascinated when they see hurling on Sky Sports,” said Phil Edgar-Jones, Head of Entertainment at Sky.
“It’s such a fast skillful game so when the opportunity came to do a halftime challenge at Nowlan Park between two great hurling counties; Kilkenny and Wexford, it was a no-brainer!”
Flintoff is friends with Steve Harmison who took part in AIB’s #TheToughest series on RTÉ two years ago, swapping roles with Brendan Maher and making a mark as a Full Forward for Borrisoleigh. Redknapp’s Dad Harry has been in Ireland this summer filming as manager of Castletownbere Football team for this year’s online documentary in the same series.
“I love Ireland and to be a part of the Irish home sport is great,” said Redknapp.
Flintoff’s cricket skills will likely give him an edge in the competition though it’s unlikely that TJ Reid or Lee Chin will be looking over their shoulder in fear that their places might be at risk.