Wick­low’s new sea­son be­gins this week­end

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT -

THE draws, dates and times for Wick­low’s Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship fix­tures were re­vealed last week with John Evans’ Se­nior foot­ballers fac­ing a Satur­day evening clash with Kil­dare in Net­watch Cullen Park on May 11.

Should Wick­low emerge from this in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult though by no means im­pos­si­ble task then they would travel to Glen­non Broth­ers Park in Long­ford to face the home side on May 25 or 26.

A likely meet­ing with Dublin awaits the win­ners of this meet­ing in the pro­vin­cial semi-fi­nal.

Wick­low’s Ju­nior side will face Louth at home in the Ju­nior Le­in­ster Cham­pi­onship with the win­ners fac­ing Meath away in the semi-fi­nals. This is a cham­pi­onship that has not been treated with the ut­most re­spect by the Gar­den County in re­cent times.

In the Le­in­ster Un­der-20 Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship it’s a trip to In­no­vate Wex­ford Park to face the Model County in the open­ing joust with a home venue against Louth the re­ward.

Kevin O’Brien will have mixed feel­ings about his side’s place- ment in Group 3 of the Le­in­ster Mi­nor Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship draw along with Kilkenny, Kil­dare and Louth. A sen­sa­tional draw against the Wee County last year and that thriller in New­bridge and re­play in Joule Park Aughrim against Kil­dare will leave the Balt­in­glass and Wick­low leg­end in no doubt as to the test that awaits to fin­ish in the top two and make the quar­ter-fi­nals. The first game is sched­uled for April 23.

Mean­while the Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup com­pe­ti­tion gets un­der­way this week­end with Wick­low trav­el­ling to New­town­forbes to face Long­ford on Satur­day evening at 7pm. The full O’Byrne Cup draw for Wick­low is as fol­lows: Long­ford v Wick­low; Wick­low v Louth, De­cem­ber 15; Wick­low v Laois Jan­uary 5.

The Wick­low hurlers face a very tough task this Sun­day for Ea­monn Scallan’s open­ing game as man­ager when they travel to face West­meath in the Bord na Mona Ke­hoe Cup first round game.

A win here for the vis­i­tors would see them through to the semi-fi­nal. De­feat would send them face to face with Antrim in Ab­bot­stown on De­cem­ber 16.

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