The first two rounds of the Allianz Hurling League have suggested a highly competitive tournament in Division 1A with all 6 teams recording identical records of one win, one loss after the first two games, and the home team ruling supreme in all six games of this year’s competition.
The pick of the games from Round 2 had to be between Tipperary and Kilkenny, where the two historic hurling strongholds produced thrilling attacking performances and a remarkable 10 goals at Nowlan Park, with Tipperary somehow failing to emerge victorious despite registering 5 goals and 14 points, bettered by a Colin Fennelly inspired Kilkenny scoring a mammoth 5-20. The quality of the defences may be questioned but there was little either side could do when faced with such impressive forward lines, Fennelly’s haul of 3-5 contributing over a third of Kilkenny’s points. It is not a game that will decide silverware but it was a mouth-watering set-up the latest instalment of the Kilkenny-Tipperary rivalry.
Dublin recorded a very impressive victory over All-Ireland champions Clare at Parnell Park 2-17 to 0-17, and after defeat in a challenging first assignment at Semple Stadium, Waterford got back on track with a 0-22 to 1-13 defeat of Galway.
There has been very little between any of the teams in the top division, with all sides that lost on the opening weekend registering a win, and it is already clear that away wins will be precious in deciding the final make-up of the table. Kilkenny and Tipperary have laid down a marker of sorts with their devastating attacking performances, although the apparent frailty of their defences will not have gone unnoticed. Dublin’s fine win over Clare marks a significant turnaround from last week in Galway, while Waterford will be happy with their day’s work in dispatching the Galwegians.
Liam Glynn, PR Executive at Boylesports said “Kilkenny showed their strength by fighting back to record a six point win over Tipperary and currently they remain our biggest Ante Post loser.”
He added “Waterford have also seen some support in the market and are now 12/1 to win a third National Hurling League title having been installed at 28/1 prior to the league commencing.”