PTH2009 Registered User
#1

Almost that time of year again

The leinster round robin involving Laois, Westmeath, Kerry and Meath kicks off on Sunday 23rd April and finishes on Sunday 14th May. The Top 2 will then play Offaly or Wexford (draw will be made) in the Leinster QFs

Leinster Round Robin

Round 1- Sunday 23rd April
Meath v Kerry, Pairc Tailteann, 3pm
Laois v Westmeath, O'Moore Park, 3pm

Round 2- Sunday 30th April
Westmeath v Kerry, TEG Cusack Park, 3pm
Meath v Laois, Pairc Tailteann, 3pm

Round 3- Sunday 14th May
Westmeath v Meath, TEG Cusack Park, 3pm
Kerry v Laois, Austin Stack Park, 3pm

Quarter finals
Sat 27/Sun 28 May- Round Robin team vs Wexford
Say 27/Sun 28 May- Round Robin team vs Offaly
Sunday 28th May- Galway vs Dublin- O Connor Park Tullamore 4pm

Semi Finals
Sat 10 June- Kilkenny vs Wexford/Round Robin- Wexford Park/TBC 7pm
Sun 18th June- Galway/Dublin vs Offaly/Round Robin- TBC 2pm

Final- Sunday 2nd July- Croke Park

Munster
Quarter Final
Sun 21 May- Tipperary vs Cork- Semple Stadium Thurles 4pm

Semi Finals
Sun 4th June- Limerick vs Clare- Semple Stadium Thurles 4pm
Sun 18th June- Waterford vs Tipperary/Cork- Semple Stadium Thurles 4pm

Final- Sunday 9th July- PUC Cork 4pm

Qualifers
Prem Round
Sat 24 June- Christy Ring Winner vs Leinster Round Robin/QF

1st Round
Sat 1st July
Munster vs Leinster
Munster vs Leinster
Munster vs Leinster
Prem Round Winner vs Leinster

2nd Round
Sat 9th July
Round 1 winner vs Round 1 Winner
Round 1 winner vs Round 1 Winner

Quarter Finals
Sun 23rd July
Munster Runner up vs Round 2 Winner
Leinster Runner up vs Round 2 Winner

Semi Finals
Sun 6th Aug- Leinster Champions vs QF Winner- Croke Park
Sun 13th Aug- Munster Champions vs QF Winner- Croke Park

Final- Sun 3rd Sep- Croke Park

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#2

I think we have a half decent chance of staying in the Liam McCarthy. We've Kerry at home which is massive and our only away game is in Mullingar.
We've lost both James Toher and Mickey Burke to the footballers. Burke is replaceable but Toher is a big loss (last year's captain).
My only worry is the possible bad habits the players got in to during the league. You won't get that extra second to control the sliothar against these teams like you would in division 2B.

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redlead Registered User
#3

Hard to see past Tipp to win it. They have the best 15 and the best squad by a country mile. They seem like they're on a mission this year so don't think they will suffer the usual second season syndrome. I'd probably put Waterford as the next strongest team just about so will go for them to meet Tipp in the final. Cork could be dark horses to do well this year too.

Leinster will be very interesting this year. Galway are Galway so you don't really know what to expect from them; they have been poor in the league but not sure what that means really. Kilkenny have gone back a lot but still have some serious players mixed in with a few average ones. The Davy factor seems to be working a treat in Wexford so there will be great expectation there. I'm not sure how well that will translate to championship though. They have Kilkenny in their first game after round robin which is a tough draw.

I'll go for Tipp, Galway, Cork and Waterford in the semis. Tipp to win

In saying that never write off Kilkenny haha

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Django99 Registered User
#4

At this early stage, I'd pick Tipp to win Liam and Clare as runners up. I have huge doubts about my own Kilkenny, and in the wake of last weeks defeat I think Wexford will beat us again. But Galway to beat them in the Leinster final.

Kilkenny to come back through the qualifiers but ultimately lose to Clare in the Quarters. I reckon those will be the top 5 teams and make the quarter finals. Waterford favourites to join them but I don't predict a good year for them.

PTH2009 Registered User
#5

Tipp vs Clare All Ireland final i think with Tipp winning

Tipp for Munster and Wexford for Leinster

Laois and Kerry to come through the leinster round robin. Kilkenny and Cork to get through from the Qualifers. Waterford, Dublin and Limerick to have below par championship campaigns. Going by the league a few teams need to be different animals in the championship our they will fall behind

QFs
Galway (leinster runners up) vs Kilkenny
Clare (Munster runners up) vs Cork

SFs
Wexford vs Clare
Tipp vs Galway

iDave Registered User
#6

Great to be back. Up Meath.

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Bonniedog Registered User
#7

It's Tipps to lose.

Leinster could be interesting. Dublin will be significantly better with Cuala players back and a month's preparation. Here's a prediction. Wexford/Dublin Leinster final!

Ball In Towards Registered User
#8

Alot of people writing Kilkenny off here... Agree they're not the same team as a few years ago, but they cruised through Leinster last year & still got to an AI Final.

League form never counts for much with them either. They won the league in 2013 & then had their worst year under Cody in the Championship. 2015 almost got relegated...and won the AI at a canter.

Getting Michael Fennelly fit would be huge for them.

Agree though- Tipp the team to beat and they seem to have their arses in gear this year too, compared to post 2010.

Waterford could be their main challengers. They were probably the second best team in the country last year.

Fancy Wexford & Clare to have good years too. And Dublin will be all the better for bringing through youth in league and then bringing the Cuala guys back in.

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PTH2009 Registered User
#9

Leinster SHC round 1
Meath v Kerry, Pairc Tailteann, 3pm
Laois v Westmeath, O'Moore Park, 3pm

the Leinster round robin hits off this sunday 23rd April. Id expect Kerry and Laois to qualify for the Leinster QFs. Westmeath are struggling this year so far and Meath may not have enough to compete in the top tier

feargale Registered User
#10

The 2017 Hurling Championship Pools thread is now up and running. All are welcome.

PlayByTheRules Registered User
#11

Bonniedog said:
It's Tipps to lose.

Leinster could be interesting. Dublin will be significantly better with Cuala players back and a month's preparation. Here's a prediction. Wexford/Dublin Leinster final!


Apparently a few of the Cuala lads are reluctant to rejoin the squad. The Schutte brothers are one example. Dublin are all over the place under Cunningham, they have no hope of beating Galway.

Bonniedog Registered User
#12

PlayByTheRules said:
Apparently a few of the Cuala lads are reluctant to rejoin the squad. The Schutte brothers are one example. Dublin are all over the place under Cunningham, they have no hope of beating Galway.



No hope if this cr@p continues.

Disgrace that any man refuse to wear his county jersey.

Dezekota Banned
#13

Agh seriously like
Writing off kilkenny,you're having a laugh,they'll walk Leinster if they avoid galway
Tipp for Munster but not easy.
Clare and wexford getting big props but cmon,several false dawns there before,I'll believe it when I see it

Tombo2001 Registered User
#14

Galway Tipp final with Galway to win.

Can we make one thing 100% clear. Nobody is writing off Kilkenny. You'd be mad too. However I think its fair to say they are not favourites, or second favourites. I think Tipp and Galway have done enough to merit that.

Kerrydude1981 Registered User
#15

Disappointing league for us but last year was the opposite going into the round robin,thought we would be coming out of the group last year but we faded badly during the round robin games beat Carlow at home bu the team looked tired and Westmeath and Offaly fully deserved to beat us

Going into this year, the Meath game is going to be tough but if we have any expectations of progressing its a game we should be winning,

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