Round 1 hurling draw: Home advantage for Tipp and Kilkenny
The ‘big three’ of Waterford, Tipperary and Kilkenny all managed to avoid each other
JJ Delaney of Kilkenny catches the ball ahead of Limerick’s Shane Dowling during their All Ireland semi-final clash in 2014. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho
All Ireland champions Tipperary will face Westmeath at home in round one of the 2017 hurling championship after their defeat to Cork in the Munster quarter-final.
Kilkenny, who also have to go through round one action after losing out to Wexford a fortnight ago, will face the tough task of getting past Limerick if they’re to go on and regain the All-Ireland title they lost to Tipp last year.
Meanwhile, Laois were rewarded for their preliminary round win over Carlow on Sunday with a trip to face Ger Cunningham’s Dublin side.
And finally, Derek McGrath’s Waterford side – who lost out to Cork in the Munster semi-final last weekend – will travel to take on Offaly.
The games will take place next Saturday.
All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship round one draw
Games to be played on Saturday July 1st
Offaly v Waterford, O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 3pm
Tipperary v Westmeath, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 5pm
Dublin v Laois, Parnell Park, 7pm
Kilkenny v Limerick, Nowlan Park, 7pm