If Colin Fennelly had a mind for it at yesterday’s press day for the AIB Leinster Club Hurling Final, he could have sent a sliotar over the black spot of the Cuala pitches a mere 100 metres around the corner.
Cuala have won the title for the past two years and contested each of the last three finals but as the Leinster GAA team came to Dalkey Castle for the launch and the dramatic pictures it was Ballyhale and Ballyboden that stood tall for the cameras.
When they meet again in Carlow next weekend it promises to be a game for the ages. They both came through their semi-finals with scores of an incredible 5-28 for the Dublin side and 6-21 for the Kilkenny Champions managed by Henry Shefflin.
That’s a scoring rate of one point every 49 seconds which is more what you would expect in Basketball but it certainly does have plenty of promise.
The match will be televised on TG4 and provide an All Ireland semi-finalist to face Ballygunner from Waterford who made it through against Na Piarsaigh of Leinster.
We had a chat with Paddy Somers of AIB at the launch yesterday before he headed away to dot the i’s on a live stream they will facilitate of Sunday’s AIB All Ireland Junior Club Camogie Final between Four Roads and Kilmessan at Pairc Tailteann in Navan.
Clontibret and Ratoath will also be shown live with a 1230 throw in at the same venue and it been a consistent benefit of the partnership with AIB that these games are being streamed. It creates a connection to the club for those who may have left their native home and that’s something special which sport in the community allows to happen.
The other news from yesterday’s launch was that Dublin will play the opening round of next year’s Leinster Football Championship on the road, something that Dublin fans really enjoy. If Wexford beat Louth in the preliminary round it will take place in the sunny south-east. If Louth prevails it will be played at O’Moore Park in Tullamore as the ground in Drogheda is not deemed to be big enough.
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