It’s a weekend off for the county’s footballers but the hurlers were in action today, as they faced Kerry in Round 3 of the National Hurling League’s Division 2A. A chastening afternoon down south it proved to be as well, with Kerry running out 3-18 to 0-9 winners in Tralee.
The hurlers’ great spring campaign last year saw them crowned NHL Division 2B champions. That super form wasn’t, though, carried into the Christy Ring Cup, where three losses from three outings meant they ended up getting relegated to Rackard Cup level for this year.
This year in Division 2A was always going to prove a major test for the hurlers. They began well, however, with a draw at home to Meath, following which their Round 2 match against London had to be called off the other week due to snowbound conditions over in Ruislip.
The going was hard for them today too, but this was due to the quality of the opposition the lads faced at Austin Stack Park. Kerry may be the poor relations in Munster hurling terms but they’re in a different league quality-wise compared to our lads.
The problem today was that they were in the same League from an NHL perspective. The 18-point margin of victory the home side enjoyed this afternoon demonstrates quite starkly the gulf between them.
Next up for the hurlers this day week is another tough test, as they entertain Antrim at Ballina. Throw-in next Sunday at James Stephens Park is 1pm.