Hurling previews: New season begins for Galway, Cork and Waterford
06 January 2017
The 2017 inter-county hurling season swings into action on Sunday.
The 2017 hurling season continues on Sunday and here are our previews for the games taking place in the Walsh Cup and Munster Senior Hurling League.
Sunday, January 8th
Walsh Cup round 1
Galway v DIT, Ballinasloe, 2pm
The Tribesmen welcome the Dublin students to Ballinasloe, where an experimental side should have enough to record an opening win for 2017.
Laois v NUIG, Rathdowney, 2pm
Laois, under new manager Eamonn Kelly, will be expected to get off to a winning start against the Galway university.
Westmeath v Antrim, Kinnegad, 2pm
Antrim will be keen for a flying start to 2017 but face a tough start away to the Lake men whom have been on an upward curve these past few years.
Wexford v UCD, Gorey, 12.45pm
Davy Fitzgerald’s first game in charge of the Slaneysiders should see them account for UCD in Gorey.
Meath v Offaly, Trim, 2pm
The Christy Ring Cup champions will be looking to pick up where they left off in 2016 this Sunday but they face a tall order against Kevin Ryan’s charges
Kildare v IT Carlow, Newbridge, 2pm
Joe Quaid's Lilywhites welcome DJ Carey's Fitzgibbon league title holders IT Carlow to St Conleth's Park and the home side are given the nod.
Munster SHL round 1
Cork v Kerry, Mallow, 2pm
The old rivalry down south comes to Mallow on Sunday and the hosts will be fancied to prevail on opening day.
Waterford v Limerick, Fraher Field, 2pm
Deise fans will be expecting big things from Derek McGrath’s side in 2017 and accounting for their close rivals in Dungarvan would go down nicely on Sunday afternoon.
Follow all of Sunday's Walsh Cup and Munster Senior Hurling League action live on our Match Tracker.