THE raw energy of The Prodigy techno classic ‘Breathe’ seemed at odds with the conditions and the surroundings as the teams warmed up at sparsely-populated Pairc Tailteann yesterday but it set the tempo perfectly for a blood-and-thunder Division 3A finale.
AFTER Wicklow pipped Derry to the NHL Division 2B title in Inniskeen yesterday, neither camp wanted to be drawn on allegations of north-south 'sledging' directed at a Derry player in the sides' meeting a week earlier.
Today Allianz HL Division 1 quarter-final: Laois v Limerick (O’Moore Park, 7pm, live on TG4) TOP of Division 1A meets the fourth best in Division 1B in what, let’s be honest, should be a total mis-match at O’Moore Park this evening.
National Hurling League Division One quarter-final: Laois v Limerick (tonight, O’Moore Park, 7pm, live on TG4) LAOIS may be like lambs to the slaughter against Limerick tonight, but they will be happy lambs already at peace regardless of how their League campaign pans out.
National Hurling League Division 1B relegation play-off: Offaly v Carlow (tomorrow, Born na Mona O’Connor Park, 2pm) A WEEK can be a long time in sport and Carlow will be hoping it’s long enough to reverse a seven-point defeat to Offaly.
Allianz Hurling League Division 2B final: Derry v Wicklow (tomorrow, Inniskeen, 2pm) AFTER fluffing their lines in the dress rehearsal, Derry need starring roles all over the pitch to turn the tables on Wicklow when Division 2B’s top dogs meet again in tomorrow’s decider.
NHL Division 2A final: Kerry v Westmeath (today, Ennis, 2pm) WITH Headquarters decreeing the winner of this game must be decided today, we will know for definite by this evening who of the two will be plying their hurling in a reformatted Division One next year.
WESTMEATH hurling manager Joe Quaid has criticised the GAA for their continued neglect of the lower NHL divisions and said the lack of promotion of the Joe McDonagh Cup was an insult to the late GAA President.