Preview: GAA Hurling U-21 C’ship

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Updated: July 11, 2011

Dublin captain Liam Rushe will be the subject of the first ever player cam to feature in Gaelic Games as he takes to the field against Wexford in Wednesday’s Bord Gáis Energy Leinster Hurling U-21 Final. The match will throw-in at Wexford Park at 7.30pm as the home side aim to take revenge over Dublin for last year’s defeat in the same fixture for a chance to meet the Ulster champions in the All-Ireland semi finals.

At Parnell Park in 2010, the two sides played out a thriller as a late goal from Dublin’s David Quinn ensured the victory following a shaky start. From the outside, Wednesday’s match is promising more of the same. Wexford have already disposed of Kilkenny and put seven goals past Laois in the Championship, while Dublin have defeated Carlow and disposed of a fancied Offaly side by 13 points.

Both teams have played competitively this year, but Dublin will have to avoid the scenario which saw them notch up 21 wides against Carlow as Wexford will not be as forgiving. Kevin O’Loughlin has been a key man for them this far and will no doubt play another pivotal role on Wednesday if the Dubs are to retain the title.

Wexford were dogged in their impressive defeat of Kilkenny, but surely would have preferred a tougher test at semi final stage ahead of the Championship decider.

Speaking ahead of the upcoming final Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Críostóir Ó Cuana said, “It’s a fantastic honour for both teams to have made it this far in the competition and I hope they enjoy the special atmosphere that a provincial final creates. The U-21 grade often signals the end of a group’s journey together, but the camaraderie and friendships that have been forged through the many hours of training, playing and travelling to games will stay with you for the rest of your lives.”

Ger Cunningham, sports sponsorship manager at Bord Gáis Energy said, “Bord Gáis Energy have always been determined to be innovative and groundbreaking GAA sponsors and we’re delighted to be a part of another first in Gaelic Games with the Player Cam. An exciting player like Liam Rushe is a great contender for its first outing and it will allow younger hurlers to study the individual skills of inter-county players as well as giving viewers a different perspective on the game.

“This Leinster final is set to be a cracker and I’m certainly looking forward to travelling to Wexford Park on Wednesday. Dublin and Wexford are two of the most exciting teams at this level at the moment and, while Dublin are also reaping rewards at senior level, it will be interesting to see whether Wexford hurling can continue to develop and get back to where it was not so long ago.”

Later this week, Tipperary welcome Cork to Thurles in the much-anticipated Bord Gáis Energy Munster Hurling U-21 semi final, which has been brought forward to Friday, 15th July and will throw in at 7.30pm. On Wednesday at Wexford Park, the throw in for the Bord Gáis Energy Leinster Hurling U-21 Final is also 7.30pm and both matches will be broadcast live on TG4.

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling
U-21 All-Ireland Championship 2011 Fixtures

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Leinster Championship

Wednesday, 8th June:
Quarter Finals
Wexford 1-17 Kilkenny 2-12
Carlow 0-11 Dublin 4-11

Wednesday, 22nd June:
Semi Finals
Wexford 7-18 Laois 2-10
Dublin 0-21 Offaly 0-8

Wednesday, 13th July: Final (live on TG4 with player cam action)
Wexford v Dublin

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Munster Championship

Wednesday, 1st June:
Quarter Final
Tipperary 4-12 Waterford 1-16

Friday, 15th July:
Semi Final
Tipperary v Cork (live on TG4)

Thursday, 21st July:
Semi Final
Clare v Limerick

Wednesday, 3rd August: Final (live on TG4 with player cam action)

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Ulster Championship

Wednesday, 13th July:
Quarter Final
Armagh v U-21 Hurling Shield Winners

Wednesday, 20th July:
Semi Finals
Antrim v Derry
Down v Armagh or U-21 Hurling Shield Winners

Wednesday, 27th July: Final

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Championship

Saturday, 20th August: All-Ireland Semi Finals (live on TG4 with player cam action and full player cam streaming on TG4.tv)

Saturday, 10th September: All-Ireland Final Finals (live on TG4 with player cam action and full player cam streaming on TG4.tv)

Sportsnewsireland.com will have live score updates on all GAA Championship matches over the summer.

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