Ballygunner celebrate winning the Munster SHC in 2018. They have an eight week wait to begin their 2021 campaign away to the Clare champions. Photo: Inpho.
There was no good news for Waterford clubs when the draws were made for the Munster Club Championships last week. The Waterford Senior, Intermediate and Junior Hurling finals were played last weekend and it has happened that all three winners, Ballygunner, Dunhill and Brickey Rangers respectively will have to wait eight weeks before all three will travel to Clare on the same weekend to face home opposition on the week ending of 27th/28th November.
It will be some weeks before the Waterford champions will know their opponents or on which days they will be playing and at which venues. There are no fewer than EIGHT teams left in the Clare senior hurling championship including defending champions Sixmilebridge and former champions Ballyea. Should Sixmilebridge come through Ballygunner will make the journey to East Clare for the second year running as the Sixmilebridge club ground is cleared by Munster Council as a suitable venue at which to host championship games.
Brickey Rangers and Dunhill will have to wait and see who their opponents will be before knowing when and where they will be playing.
A the football championships get under way in Waterford this coming weekend our future senior champions know that they will be facing an away trip to Limerick on the first weekend in December while our Intermediate champions will be making the trip to Tipp on the same weekend. Our Junior Football champions have a semi-final draw against the Limerick or Tipperary on week ending 18th/19th December with the venue to be decided on.
It remains to be seen if it is an advantage for our hurling champions to have such a long wait for their Munster Championship games.