Take two for Drumcullen

AFTER their Leinster Junior Hurling Final against John Locke's of Kilkenny fell foul of the weather last weekend, Drumcullen have had another week to prepare for their historic Leinster decider.

While the pitch in Rath was playable last weekend despite a not insignificant snowfall, the poor road conditions in Kilkenny meant that John Locke's could not travel for the game and it was postponed on Sunday morning.

Weather permitting, and that is a major caveat, it will go ahead this Sunday at 2pm with Rath again the venue.

Drumcullen have a clean bill of health for the game and under the stewardship of Paddy Kirwan, they have kept things ticking over this week. The side timed their run for the Offaly Intermediate Championship to perfection overcoming St Rynagh’s in the decider in O’Connor Park.

Regaining their Senior status was the main focus of the year for the team but they have continued to improve at the provincial level.

In their two games in the Leinster Championship to date, Drumcullen have recorded comfortable wins without being fully extended however they are under no illusions that they face a much sterner examination this Sunday.

This will be the third time since 2000 that Kilkenny and Offaly teams have met in the championship with the Kilkenny teams prevailing on the previous two occasions in 2004 and 2008.

Drumcullen will be hoping to buck that trend and make their own piece of history this Sunday.


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