Waterford manager, Liam Cahill, and Cork boss, Kieran Kingston, after their Munster SHC clash in Thurles last October. The sides will clash again on the opening weekend of the 2021 NHL at Pairc Uí Chaoimh. Photo: Inpho.
With the draws for the Munster Senior Hurling and Football championships, in which Waterford got Clare and Limerick respectively and now today’s confirmed Allianz Leagues fixtures, the scene is set for a return to some sort of normality on the inter-county front in the coming months.
Senior panels in all counties returned to sanctioned collective training on Monday in preparation for a return to league action on May 9th for hurlers and May 15t for the footballers.
CORK UP FIRST
A short time ago the GAA released the full National leagues fixtures list and here’s how it looks from a Waterford hurling viewpoint.
May 9th – Cork V Waterford – Pairc Ui Chaoimh (3.45pm)
May 16th – Waterford V Westmeath (1.30pm) – Walsh Park,
May 23rd – Waterford Limerick – Walsh Park (3.45pm),
June 6th – Galway V Waterford – Pearse Stadium (3.45pm),
June 13th – Waterford V Tipperary – Walsh Park (1.45pm).
There being no League quarter-finals, semi-finals or final the status of the competition would appear to have been reduced to that of providing challenge games in preparation for the championships which will kick in two weeks after the final round of League games. It is expected that selected games will be shown live weekly on RTE or TG4 while all games will be available on stream such as GAA Go as was the case with many games last year.
Shane Ronayne’s first game in charge of Waterford will be a home NFL game with Carlow.
In the Allianz Football League that has been restructured, with each division being selected in two groups of four by geographical situation, Waterford, under new manager Shane Ronayne, will be in a group of just three as a result of London being excluded from the competition because of Covid fears. Waterford’s first game will be at home to Carlow on Saturday May 15th in Fraher Field at 7pm with the game against Wexford fixed for the following Saturday, May 22 in Wexford Park at 3pm.
Full story in Tuesday’s Waterford News & Star.