Thursday 23 November 2017

Hurling spreads wings with Red Sox Boston date in November

Gaelic Games

Hopes are high in Wexford that JJ Doyle’s squad will end the barren run
Hopes are high in Wexford that JJ Doyle’s squad will end the barren run

Donnchadh Boyle and Martin Breheny

Hurling is set to grace another famous old stadium when it heads for Boston's Fenway Park later this year.

The Irish Independent understands that Dublin and Galway selections will face off in the iconic baseball venue in November.

Details are still being finalised, with an official announcement expected next week. Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, is owned by John W Henry, who also has a controlling interest in Liverpool FC.

A hurling exhibition was played in the famous Notre Dame University in 2013 while Fenway - which is a more than a century old - hosted a number of GAA events over the years.

Meanwhile, the last big inter-county hurling action of the season takes place in Semple Stadium, Thurles (7.0) this evening when Limerick play Wexford in the Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U-21 final.

Wexford are bidding to win the title for the first time since 1965, the year after the grade was introduced. They have a dismal record in finals since then, losing no fewer than nine.

Cork beat them five times (1966-69-70-71-73), Galway twice (1986-96), Limerick (2001) and Clare (2014) once each. However, hopes are high in Wexford that JJ Doyle's squad will end the barren run. They were easy winners over Antrim in the All-Ireland semi-final, having earlier trimmed Kilkenny in the Leinster final.

Limerick are bidding for their first U-21 crown since 2002 when they completed a treble. They were impressive winners over Galway in the semi-final, having earlier beaten Tipperary and Clare in Munster.

Tomorrow is camogie's big day when Croke Park hosts three Liberty Insurance All-Ireland finals. It's Laois v Roscommon in the junior final at 12.0, followed by Kildare v Waterford in the intermediate final at 2.0.

The senior final (4.0) features defending champions Cork against 2013 winners Galway. If Cork win, they will join Dublin as joint leaders on the All-Ireland Roll of Honour with 26 titles.

Irish Independent

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