Ballyhale to take on the reigning champions after Kilkenny senior hurling quarter-final draw is made

HENRY SHEFFLIN WILL take his Ballyhale Shamrocks team into action against the reigning champions Dicksboro in the quarter-finals of this year’s Kilkenny senior hurling championship.

Shefflin is in his first season managing Ballyhale Shamrocks and saw them win convincingly in the first round last evening, 3-22 to 1-12 against St Patrick’s Ballyraggett.

Their reward is a last eight fixture against Dicksboro, who claimed the Kilkenny senior hurling shield on Saturday and ended a 24-year wait to lift the county senior title last October.

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Last year’s beaten finalists James Stephens, who triumphed in the senior hurling league final on Sunday, will have to wait for their quarter-final opponents with Erins Own taking on Carrickshock in a first round replay next Saturday. The losers of that game will face Danesfort in this year’s battle to avoid senior hurling relegation in Kilkenny.

Elsewhere there will be a meeting of recent champions at the quarter-final stage as 2016 kingpins O’Loughlin Gaels meet 2015 victors Clara. The clubs met in that 2015 decider when Clara triumphed.

The remaining quarter-final involves Bennettsbridge against Mullinavat, both clubs promoted from the intermediate grade in successive years in 2014 and 2015.

⁦@StCanicesCU⁩ Senior Hurling Quarter-Final draws pic.twitter.com/JrLJRqZxVZ

— Kilkenny GAA (@KilkennyCLG) September 23, 2018

Source: Kilkenny GAA/Twitter

2018 Kilkenny senior hurling championship

Saturday 29 September

First round replay
Erins Own v Carrickshock, Clara, 2pm

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Sunday 30 September

Quarter-finals

O’Loughlin Gaels v Clara, James Stephens Park, 12pm
Bennettsbridge v Mullinavat, Thomastown, 2pm
Dicksboro v Ballyhale Shamrocks, John Locke Park, 4pm

Saturday 6 October

Quarter-final
James Stephens v Erins Own/Carrickshock, Venue TBC, 2pm

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