The All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship is looking more competitive than ever. It is impossible to know who will lift Liam MacCarthy in August. Two teams that are strong contenders are Limerick and Kilkenny but come this Sunday, one of them will be knocked out of the Championship.
The Cats and the Treatymen will go head to head on Sunday afternoon in Semple Stadium in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Quarter-Final. This is set to be one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of the season.
Never write off the Cats
Kilkenny have been impressive so far, and when it comes to the Cats, you can never ever write them off. We saw a prime example of that last weekend in the Leinster Senior Final Replay when they faced Galway.
The Tribesmen pushed out ahead by 12 points in the opening half, but Kilkenny showed their never say die attitude and drew the gap back to two points, thanks to three goals from Richie Hogan, Colin Fennelly and Ger Aylward. Galway entered sixth gear in the final few minutes to hit six points without reply and secure themselves back to back Leinster titles.
But if we learnt from one thing from this match, it is Kilkenny are capable of anything. They had to work in overdrive to pull back such a huge gap and they managed to do that.
What won’t work in their favour will be the fact that this will be Kilkenny’s third weekend in a row to line out. They are bound to be tired, and it may affect the intensity that they will be able to play, possibly giving Limerick a physical advantage. But we can be certain that they will give it their all.
Limerick announce themselves a serious contenders
Then you have Limerick. The Shannonsiders had a successful run during the round robin stages of the Munster Championship. They beat Tipperary and Waterford and drew with Cork. Clare proved too strong for them and denied them a place in the Munster Final.
Limerick know what it is like to lose to Kilkenny. The Cats defeated them in the All Ireland Semi-Final in 2014. Since this, they have been rebuilding themselves. Manager John Kiely finds himself in charge of a young and fruitful team, but it’s an extremely talented and skilful one.
Both teams will take to the field this Sunday with points to prove. There is a place in the Semi-Final at stake so this match will be a thriller. You don’t want to miss it!
The game will be thrown in at 2pm on Sunday afternoon in Semple Stadium. It will be broadcast live on RTÉ.
Be sure to check out our blog next Monday where we will be bringing out the standout #StyleOfPlay moment of the week!