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Spring series off to a flyer

For a time, it looked as if the Allianz League Spring Series in Croke Park on Saturday evening might not even survive the take-off, WRITES MARTIN BREHENY.

Just before the start of the Dublin v Tipperary hurling clash, thick fog swirled in on the stadium, looping over Hill 16 and settling in a heavy mass on the pitch, making it very difficult to see the players in the distance.

What if it had gotten worse? Would the game have to abandoned, followed by the cancellation of the Dublin versus Cork tie? Thankfully, the gods relented and the fog lifted during the hurling game, allowing the matches to proceed as planned.

The official attendance was 35,028, which was in line with expectations.

Two Dublin wins against the reigning All-Ireland champions added to the enjoyment for the home supporters, while the county board will be pleased that the return to Croke Park for league action produced two very entertaining games.

The series continues next Saturday when Dublin take on Kerry in the NFL.

One slight problem did arise with double-booking of seats. Some patrons had to be moved after finding their allocated seats already taken. However, with plenty room available, there was no difficulty in relocating them.

Irish Independent