Leinster Hurling Championship Round 1
Sunday 6th June, 3.30pm
Nowlan Park, Kilkenny
1. Gary Maguire (Ballyboden St Endas)
2. Niall Corcoran (Kilmacud Crokes)
3. Tomás Brady (Na Fianna)
4. Oisín Gough (Cuala)
5. Stephen Hiney (Ballyboden St Endas)
6. Joey Boland (Na Fianna)
7. Maurice OBrien (Faughs)
8. Johnny McCaffrey (Lucan Sarsfields)
9. Shane Durkin (Ballyboden St Endas)
10. Peter Kelly (Lucan Sarsfields)
11. Liam Rushe (St Pats, Palmerstown)
12. Paul Ryan (Ballyboden St Endas)
13. David OCallaghan (St Marks)
14. Simon Lambert (Ballyboden St Endas)
15. Alan McCrabbe (Craobh Chiaráin)
16 Alan Nolan (St Brigids)
17 Dave Byrne (Nh Mearnóg)
18 Michael Carton (OTooles)
19 Peadar Carton (OTooles)
20 David Curtin (Ballyboden St Endas)
21 Ronan Fallon (St Vincents)
22 Kevin Flynn (OTooles)
23 John Kelly (St Marks)
24 Mick May (Lucan Sarsfields)
25 Declan ODwyer (Nh Olaf)
26 Seán OSullivan (St Brigids)
27 Liam Ryan (OTooles)
28 Shane Ryan (Nh Mearnóg)
29 Ruarí Trainor (St Vincents)
30 Finn McGarry (Ballyboden St Endas)
E Reilly, JA Delaney, D Maher, C Healy; B Campion, M Whelan, M McEvoy; C Dunne, J Walsh; J Fitzpatrick, Z Keenan, W Hyland; T Fitzgerald, N Foyle, J Brophy
The Dublin hurlers kick off their championship campaign tomorrow afternoon in Nowlan Park against Laois with the winner having a relatively straightforward tie against Kilkenny in the semi-final to look forward to!
David Treacy has been ruled out through injury but apart from him, Anthony Daly has a full compliment of players to choose from. I'm really not sure what to expect from Dublin this year but it's imperative that they kick this campaign off with a win tomorrow against a handy enough Laois side. Dotsy O'Callaghan and McCrabbe will obviously be key for Dublin but the form players coming into the championship are McCaffrey and Durkin in midfield and Maurice O'Brien at wing back and if they can dominate along with the rest of the half back line, that should hopefully see us through.
I have to admit that I don't know too much about this Laois team, so hopefully someone can go into a bit more detail there.
Unfortunately I wont be able to make it down to Kilkenny tomorrow. I tend to get nosebleeds crossing the M50! Summer's finally starting though!
I fully expect a big win for the Dubs - although I expected the same from 2 teams today... and they both lost....so.... pile your money on Laois
Dont write off this Laois team, they are full of young, hungry, skilful hurlers.
Dublin by 2 or 3 but Laois will be with them all the way.
is this game being shown online?
Dont write Laois off too early.
The team has been making great progress, and although the Carlow result didnt highlight any vast improvements, having a Championship game under their belts can only help in preparation for this game with the Dubs.
Doesn't appear to be on rte.ie thought it would be
I checked and its not. I've had great fun in the past watching a game on the laptop with another on the telly. I guess I'll have to watch the highlights tonight.
Final score: Dublin 0-25 Laois 0-16
Not a great game by all accounts with Laois hitting plenty of wides and having 2 men sent off but it's early days in the championship and it's just good to get off to a winning start. Kilkenny will definitely be heavy favourites for the semis.
Criminal amount of wides by Laois let us down, I'm guessing about 15 or 16? I thought we matched Dublin around the park. Dublin defence were quick to the ball. Kilkenny should cruise it but having said that it was a decent workout for the dubs today
Sounds like atrocious shooting from Laois. Laois will be delighted at the draw though. They still have a great opportunity to get it right this year avoiding the likes of Tipp and Wexford.
Atrocious shooting today coupled with indiscipline ensured Laois failed to progress.
For all the hype around Dublin and an expected win, Laois showed that they can compete at that level, despite what Rigney says. He knows Laois could have won today. As he said, scoring 16 points, and having 17 wides wont win championship games.
What I'm disappointed about, is that Laois have to face Carlow again, for the 2nd time in this years championship, and 2nd time in 3 games.
Surely that shouldnt have been allowed, even if it meant a tougher game for Laois.
TBH, its Carlow I feel bad for. In the preliminaries for the Championship and qualifiers (hypothetically having the longest route), playing Laois 3 times in a row (last league match was against Laois).
From a Laois point of view, yeah its annoying to spend money on whats basically a replay, but (since I expect Laois to win) but think of it as an extra match for supporters, and extra experience for the players.
As for the Dublin V Laois game itself,
Laois dominated mid field, and at half time Laois had scored 8 out of 16 chances, Dublin scored 10 out of 11.
Laois were hugely improved from the Carlow game, and Dublin didnt pull away till Laois were down to 14 men (the second sending off didnt help either ). The final score line doesnt reflect what was honestly an enjoyable, close, game of hurling.
Dublin, to their credit, had excellent half backs (which made the full backs redundant) and excellent precision from all players - their top scorer only put over 5 of the 25 points!
 Actually, I missed the Sunday Game, was there any mention or footage of the off the ball incident that crippled Willie Hyland? [/edit]
I was there, amongst the much larger than officially announced crowd. A good win, but Kilkenny won't be shaking in their boots. We've a lot to do to put up a good challenge.
The linesman was up with the play from were i was sitting and it didnt warrant his intervention. The Laois player was treated for a foot injury.
As for the game, We made hard work of beating laois. If Laois had of had a few scoring forwards we would have been in trouble. We struggled all day to win any of our ball.
kilkenny will not have any problems beating us based on yesterdays preformance
Thats an inference tbh; there are many possible explanations for why the linesman didnt say anything, lets not forget the two occasions he blew his whistle when the ball hadnt actually gone out and the ref had to do a drop ball.
Its odd that a player could so badly hurt himself when no play was going on around him.
But at the same time, Rigney didnt mention it in his after the match interview, and its not in the papers, so maybe there was nothing.
But I'd love to know, did anyone actually see Hyland go down and care to shed some light on the exact circumstances.