WAY CLEARED FOR BIG PROVINCIAL GAA HURLING FINALS

Dublin back in the Leinster GAA hurling senior final for the first time since 1991.
Kilkenny back in the Leinster final for the 12th time in 13 seasons and seeking their 9th title of the decade.
Tipperary back in the Munster final for the fourth time in five years.
Waterford
back in the Munster final for the fifth time in eight seasons.
Those are the main headlines from a splendid weekend of hurling action, which not only finalised the pairings for the Leinster and Munster finals on July 5th and 12th respectively, but also cleared the way for the first two phases of the All- Ireland qualifiers.

The qualifier draws are as follows:
Phase One (July 4)
Offaly v Cork; Laois v Antrim.

Phase 2 (July 11)
Clare v Galway
Wexford v Limerick.

ANTRIM v DOWN
There’s a lull in Liam MacCarthy action next weekend but Ulster proceeds with its senior hurling final at Casement Park on Sunday (3.30) between old rivals Antrim and Down.
Down are through to the final of the Christy Ring Cup against Carlow with the winners guaranteed a place in the Liam MacCarthy Cup All-Ireland competition in 2010. Meanwhile, Antrim are also preparing for their All-Ireland qualifier tie with Laois on Saturday week.
First though, Antrim and Down have an Ulster final date with Antrim seeking to win their 8th successive provincial title. Down last won the title in 2001.
Antrim won by Antrim 1-19 Down 0-15 when the counties clashed in this year’s Allianz GAA League Division 2 tie.
Antrim received a bye to the final whereas Down had two games beating Armagh by 5-21 to 0-13 and Derry by 2-17 to 1-15.

2009 GAA HURLING CHAMPIONHIPS
Leinster
May 30: First round: Wexford 2-17 Offaly 0-16, Wexford Park.
May 31: First Round: Galway 5-29 Laois 0-17, Portlaoise.
June 7: First Round: Dublin 2-16 Antrim 0-12, Croke Park.
June 20: Semi-final: Kilkenny 2-20 Galway 3-13, Tullamore.
June 21: Dublin 0-18 Wexford 1-13, Nowlan Park.
July 5: Final: Dublin v Kilkenny, Croke Park.
Munster
May 31: First round: Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19, Thurles.
June 14: Semi-final: Limerick 1-8 Waterford 0-11, Semple Stadium.
June 20: Semi-final replay: Waterford 0-25 Limerick 0-17, Semple Stadium.
June 21: Semi-final: Tipperary 3-18 Clare 1-22, Limerick.
July 12: Final: Tipperary v Waterford, Thurles.
Ulster
May 9: First round: Fermanagh 0-13 Cavan 1-9, Enniskillen; Armagh 1-22 Monaghan 1-8, Armagh; Donegal 1-21 Tyrone 0-6, Letterkenny.
May 17: Second Round: Armagh 3-24 Donegal 2-12.
May 23: London 1-23 Fermanagh 0-7, Ruislip.
May 31: Quarter-finals: Derry 4-10 London 3-12; Down 5-21 Armagh 0-13.
(Both
in Casement Park).
June 14: Semi-final: Down 2-17 Derry 1-15, Casement Park.
Next Sunday: Final: Antrim v Down, Casement Park.
All-Ireland Qualifiers
July 4: Phase One: Offaly v Cork; Laois v Antrim.
July 11: Phase Two: The beaten provincial semi-finalists in Leinster and Munster play off to provide two winners to advance to Phase Three. Phase Two draw is as
follows: Clare v Galway; Wexford v Limerick.
July 18: Phase Three: The two winners from Phase One will play the two winners from Phase Two.
All-Ireland Quarter-finals
July 25/26: Beaten Leinster finalists v Winner from Phase Three; Beaten Munster finalists v Winners from Phase Three.
All-Ireland semi-finals
August 9: Leinster champions v Quarter final winners, Croke Park.
August 16: Munster champions v Quarter-final winners, Croke Park.
September 6: All-Ireland final, Croke Park.

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