DEFENDING Offaly Senior Hurling Champions Coolderry begin their defence of the Sean Robbins Cup this Friday evening in Birr when they take on Kilcormac/Killoughey in Birr.
It is less than two months since Ken Hogan’s side appeared in the All Ireland Club Final in Croke Park and it will be interesting to see how they bounce back from that defeat at the hands of Loughgiel Shamrocks given that they didn’t participate in Division 1 of the Hurling League this year.
They could hardly have asked for a tougher opening game against a K/K side who have been there or thereabouts for a number of years without making the telling breakthrough. Danny Owens’s side have lost just once in the league.
There is also one game down for decision on Saturday as newly promoted Brosna Gaels open their campaign against Shamrocks who dodged relegation last year by overcoming Lusmagh in the play-off. (Subject to change due to minor game)
Sunday is a busy day with four games being played across three venues.
At 3pm O’Connor Park is the venue as St Rynagh’s and Tullamore square off in one of the games of the round.
At the same time at the other end of the county, unbeaten league leaders Shinrone open their campaign against Drumcullen in Carrig .
The weekend rounds off with a double header in Lusmagh. First up last year’s beaten finalists Birr beging their quest to regain the Sean Robbins Cup when they take on Belmont at 5.30pm.
That is followed by a real derby clash as neighbours Kinnitty and Seir Kieran square off at 7pm.
This will be the only round of the Aidan Bracken Building Design SHC played until Offaly’s involvement in the championship comes to an end
See this week’s Offaly Express (May 8) for full first round preview