Leinster double-header sought in Croker

Brendan Furlong

Published 27/10/2015 | 00:00

Oulart-The Ballagh players celebrate with avid supporter Stephen Hayden after collecting a sixth Pettitt’s Senior hurling championship title in seven years, and twelfth in all since their first in 1994, in Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday
Oulart-The Ballagh players celebrate with avid supporter Stephen Hayden after collecting a sixth Pettitt’s Senior hurling championship title in seven years, and twelfth in all since their first in 1994, in Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday

Wexford are to seek a Croke Park double-header for their opening round Leinster championship games in 2016.

Wexford have been drawn against Dublin in hurling, which would result in Parnell Park as the venue under the home and away rule, while the footballers were second out of the drum with Kildare for their football opener.

With Newbridge unable to host Senior championship games, Croke Park is the most likely venue for this quarter-final clash.

Now Wexford G.A.A. Board officers have made a request to Leinster Council to have both games played as a double-header in Croke Park when they meet to finalise details on November 11.

This would also go some way towards freeing up a further weekend on the domestic scene for club championship action, which no doubt is uppermost in the minds of Wexford officers. It would also be a consideration for hard-pressed supporters to have both games played together.

County Chairman, Diarmuid Devereux, said they have made their request to Leinster Council.

'We now await their decision from their November 11 fixtures meeting. Hopefully they and Dublin will accede to the request.'

For the moment though, the immediate focus is on Sunday's AIB Leinster Club Senior hurling championship quarter-final in Portlaoise when Oulart-The Ballagh meet Clough-Ballacolla of Laois after winning their sixth Pettitt's championship title in seven years with eight points to spare over St. Martin's.

Last weekend was a disappointing one on the provincial scene as St. James' and Naomh Eanna bowed out while St. Joseph's conceded a walkover.

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