In the week that saw the Dublin finally make the step up to become real All Ireland pretenders the hurling action focuses on the Nicky Rackard Quarter Finals with North Dublin the main focus as Fingal taking on Sligo in Swords at 2.30pm.
Fingal, a novel introduction by the GAA, will be seeking to reach the semi-finals for the first time, having lost out last year at this same stage. They came through a tight game last weekend to defeat Monaghan by 2 points.
The home side will be looking to harness some of the capital’s current hurling mania by pulling more supporters into their games and boosting the profile of the players who are drawn from the likes of Ballymun’s Setanta and Kilbarrack’s Naomh Barrog. Anthony Daly will no doubt cast an eye on this fixture to unearth a few more North side nuggets.
Tomorrow’s other game is in Dundalk where Louth take on Roscommon, again at 2.30. Louth, of course were spanked 1-10 to 6-20 by London last time out. Louth, like Fingal, fell at this stage last year and an improved performance is hoped for by all involved with the wee county.
The Nicky Rackard Cup, considered by many the poor relation of the hurling world, offers a good breeding ground for perceived lesser counties. Kilkenny’s demise last weekend offers hope to this weekend’s protagonist’s who surely will study how Anthony Daly has turned an also ran sport in the capital into today’s hot topic.