Adult Hurling Leagues Round Up – Divisions One – Three
With an extra week to hope the weather might smile more favourably than for the opening round of football league fixtures, the club hurling scene swung back into action on Sunday morning. Here’s a round-up from Division One, Two and Three.
After running the All-Ireland champions close in last year’s senior championship quarter-final, St Brigid’s opened up their campaign on the right side of a one point victory. A belter of a contest in Russell park, it would prove to be the game of the weekend. With sides trading scores throughout, it was the boys in red who hit the winner with three minutes left to secure the victory against a defiant Jude’s outfit.
Kilmacud Croke’s started as they mean to go on as they saw off Craobh Chiáirin. Windy conditions meant scores from play from were at a premium but usual suspects, Oisín O’Rourke and Seán McGrath, stood out for the Stillorgan side.
Like 2017, Na Fianna started their league campaign on the front foot with a victory over O’Toole’s. They will be hoping to go one step further in the championship this year, and with their young side, will be my tip for an outside chance at championship glory.
Elsewhere Ballyboden St Enda’s saw off Vincent’s by five and Faughs cruised past Crumlin with sixteen points to spare.
Naomh Fionnbarra returned to Division Two with a hard fought win over last year’s Senior B winners, Raheny, in the Bogies. Raheny clawed back a half time eight point deficit, but with Ger Dodrill on top form, the Barrs saw the game out to win by three points.
Whitehall Colmcille’s left Navan Road with two well earned points after they got the better of Plunkett’s on Sunday morning. You’d have to imagine that not many teams will go there and win this year, so although it’s early on, this is big result for the Whitehall men.
Scoil Uí Chonaill will feel they let this one slip away as they were beaten by Naomh Barróg in Clontarf. Competitive throughout and showing no signs of a team who have only just been promoted to senior hurling, the Dublin 3 side may well feel that some poor decisions let them down in this opening round game.
Parnell’s left Stillorgan with a win and a renewed sense of confidence as they were five point winners against Crokes’ second team, while Setanta were victors in their derby game against Erin’s Isle in Poppintree.
The biggest winning margin of the opening round of Division Two saw Ballinteer St. John’s comprehensively beat Olaf’s by sixteen points to top the table after the opening round of games.
Clontarf have shown themselves to be one of the most improved club’s in Dublin, illustrated by the manner in which the way they have climbed the leagues over recent years. However, their journey in Division Three began not so well falling to an eight point loss to St Pat’s Palmerstown, who will surely feel that they should be title contenders in this grade.
St Sylvester’s gave us the the shock of the weekend, announcing their intentions, turning over a well drilled Thomas Davis by four in Malahide. With Anthony Dunne in the nets for Sly’s this year they will be competitive and have a great chance promotion this year.
Castleknock had too much for Peregrines while Round Towers Clondalkin comfortably saw off the challenge of Commercials in their opener in Rathcoole.
Naohm Mearnóg’s and Ballyboden’s second teams registered big away wins against Fingallians and Kevin’s respectively.
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