Waterford will face Tipperary in the opening round of the Munster SHC in 2020 at home. It is being reported that Déise bosses have been turned down in their bid to play their home games at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny if Walsh Park isn’t ready for next May.
The dates and fixtures for the 2020 Munster Senior Hurling Championship have been announced and the will see Liam Cahill’s Waterford open their campaign with a home game against reigning All-Ireland champions, Tipperary on the weekend of May 9/10. On the same weekend, Cork will host Munster champions, Limerick.
The following weekend, May 16/17, Waterford will travel to Shannonside to take on 2018 All-Ireland champions, Limerick, while Tipperary will host Clare at Semple Stadium.
There will be a rest weekend on May 23/24 before the Déise will take on Cork at home in round three on the weekend of May 30/31. That same weekend, Clare will welcome Limerick to Ennis.
Waterford have a bye in round four, June 6/7, where Cork will host Clare and Limerick will be at home to Tipperary.
The Decies will finish their campaign with a final round clash with Clare in Ennis on the weekend of June 13/14, while on that same weekend, Tipperary will welcome Cork to Thurles.
Round 1, 9/10 May
Cork v Limerick; Waterford v Tipperary; Clare Bye
Round 2, 16/17 May
Limerick v Waterford; Tipperary v Clare; Cork Bye
Round 3, 30/31 May
Clare v Limerick; Waterford v Cork; Tipperary Bye
Round 4, 6/7 June
Cork v Clare; Limerick v Tipperary; Waterford Bye
Round 5, 13/14 June
Tipperary v Cork; Clare v Waterford; Limerick Bye
Meanwhile, the Irish Examiner is reporting that, “Waterford have been refused permission to play their 2020 Munster SHC home games at a Leinster venue, in the event of Walsh Park being unavailable.
The €7m redevelopment of Walsh Park in the city was given the green light by An Bord Pleanála back in February, and it is hoped that work at the Keane’s Road venue will begin in the coming months.
Waterford GAA top brass are optimistic the rebuild will be complete in time for next year’s provincial championship. If it is not, a request was put to Munster Council that Waterford be given the option of hosting Tipperary and Cork at a Leinster venue, most likely Nowlan Park.
This proposal received “no great traction” at last week’s Munster Council meeting, according to a delegate present, and was not supported by any of the other five counties. As a result, if the Walsh Park redevelopment is not finished by next May, Waterford’s home games will be staged at a neutral venue in Munster.
The €7m regeneration project includes raising the capacity of the covered stand to approximately 5,300. Opposite this will be a new uncovered seating area with a capacity of 4,200. A new uncovered terrace will also be added.”
FOOTBALLERS V LIMERICK
The draw for the 2020 Munster Senior Football Championship was also made this week and Benji Whelan’s Déise have been drawn at home to Limerick in the Quarter-finals. The winners will play the winners of the Tipperary versus Clare game in the last four, while Cork and Kerry will meet in the other semi-final.