Allianz League fixtures confirmed
Published 24/11/2015 | 00:00
Wexford's full Allianz League fixtures programme for 2016 has been confirmed. A provisional list was announced a number of weeks ago, with all counties having the opportunity to seek changes if desired.
And with that part of the process completed, supporters can now map out their destinations from late January until early April.
First up are the footballers whose Division 4 opener against Leitrim will be held in Innovate Wexford Park at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 31.
Seven days later they will be on the road to take on Antrim at the same time, at a Belfast venue. With Casement Park closed for re-development, there's a strong chance that the game will be held in the St. Paul's club grounds on Shaws Road which hosted a number of league games in 2015.
The first hurling game is a 'Saturday night lights' affair, as the team will travel to the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick to face the natives on Saturday, February 13, at 7 p.m.
It's the toughest possible start to the campaign for Liam Dunne and his squad, as Clare will visit Innovate Wexford Park for round two on Sunday, February 21, at 2 p.m.
It's back to football action on Sunday, February 28, when a novel game will take place in Innovate Wexford Park at 1 p.m. The home side will meet London in the league for the first time ever, and it will be a return to his roots for the exiles' new manager, former Horeswood and Wexford footballer Ciarán Deely.
The following weekend is a busy one, with both teams in action at away venues, but supporters will be able to take in the two games if they so desire. That's because the footballers will meet Waterford in Fraher Field, Dungarvan, on Saturday, March 5, at 7 p.m., while the hurlers will take on Kerry in Austin Stack Park, Tralee, the next day at 12.45 p.m. The reason for the early start is that the game will be a curtain-raiser to the Division 1 football meeting between Kerry and Donegal.
The only home double-header of the campaign will go ahead in Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday, March 13. The hurlers will play Offaly at 1 p.m., with the footballers meeting Wicklow at 2.45 p.m.
Sunday, March 20, will see the hurlers in action against Laois in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise, at 2 p.m., while the footballers will play Louth in Drogheda seven days later at the same time. The last group game for David Power's side will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at home to Carlow.