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Top Talking Points From The Weekend’s Allianz Hurling League

It was another intriguing weekend in the highly-competitive Allianz Hurling League, with counties battling it out to avoid relegation, gain promotion, or advance to the quarter-finals. Jason Redmond discusses the four major talking points following this weekend’s games.
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1. Limerick Are Back In The Top Tier

After eight years out of the top flight, the Treaty County have won promotion after a dogfight battle against Galway in Salthill.

With Galway eight points ahead at one stage, it looked like Limerick’s promotions ambitions were to take a devastating hit. However, an impressive comeback ensued, with John Kiely’s men defeating the current All-Ireland and League champions and returning to the top division.

Limerick’s Seamus Flanagan and Greg Lally of Galway. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

The performance was a testament to Limerick’s never-say-die attitude, and it bodes well for the rest of the competition.
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2. Traditional Kilkenny Are Back

Wexford traveled to Nowlan Park on Sunday in search of their fourth successive win against the Cats.

However, with Brian Cody’s team needing a win to avoid a relegation battle, it was always going to be an uphill battle for Fitzgerald’s charges. A twelve-point haul from TJ Reid was enough to see the Cats come out on top with a 0-22 to 0-19 victory.

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid with Matthew O’Hanlon of Wexford. ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Cody, like many people in Kilkenny, will be hoping that this match will act as a spark for the Cats to return to their traditional winning ways.

With a potential League semi-final down the line and a definite Leinster Championship match in June, this victory could give the Cats a psychological edge entering future games against the Yellowbellies.
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3. Dublin Find Form To Avoid Relegation Battle

With new manager Pat Gilroy taking the helm ahead of Dublin’s 2018 season, there was a revived energy surrounding the Dublin camp.

Despite this, it was undoubtedly a difficult campaign for the Dubs – as they needed a victory in their final game to avoid being placed into a relegation battle.

Likewise, their opponents Laois would need to attain the win to avoid similar faith.

In the end, Dublin found form and ran out eventual winners on a scoreline of 3-23 to 0-17 and they’ll now face Tipperary in the League quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, the O’Moore County will now face a stiff test in Antrim in the relegation final.
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4. Questioning The Quarter-Finals

From staring down the barrel of a relegation final to now finding themselves in a quarter-final, Dublin’s 2018 League campaign highlights how the current structure of the NHL makes little sense.

Many will still ponder why there are quarter-finals in this competition at all. However, there are – and now, we have four quarter-final pairings.

Wexford will play Galway in Wexford Park and a derby clash between Clare and Limerick are two games bound to entertain hurling folk.

Below, you’ll find them all:

  • Galway vs Wexford
  • Clare vs Limerick
  • Kilkenny vs Offaly
  • Dublin vs Tipperary.

Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena.

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About Jason Redmond

A 21-year-old from Wexford, Jason is a final year English and History student at the University of Limerick.