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Tuesday 25 September 2018

Tough route to provincial success beckons for this year's Dublin hurling kingpins

29 October 2016; Cuala captain Oisín Gough lifts the New Ireland cup after the Dublin County Senior Club Hurling Championship Final at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
29 October 2016; Cuala captain Oisín Gough lifts the New Ireland cup after the Dublin County Senior Club Hurling Championship Final at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

The winners of year's Dublin SHC will play the Kilkenny champions following the draw for this season's Leinster club competitions.

Cuala, who went on to win Leinster and the All-Ireland after their back-to-back Dublin titles successes, beat O'Loughlin Gaels in last year's provincial final in Portlaoise.

Whichever team emerges from Dublin this time, however, will have a home draw against the winners from Kilkenny in the quarter-final in their first match in Leinster.

The winners of that clash will again enjoy home advantage in the semi-finals against this year's Wexford champions. Cuala became just the second Dublin team to win Leinster last year and the first since Crumlin in 1979.

They went on to comprehensively beat Clare side Ballyea in the All-Ireland club final on St Patrick's Day.

Mattie Kenny's team then lost their first match of this year's Dublin SHC defence to Ballyboden St. Enda's but can still qualify for the knock-out phase of the competition if they beat Crumlin in their final Group A game.

Both the Dublin hurling and football club championships are currently on hold pending the conclusion of the Dublin footballers' run in this year's All-Ireland SFC.

Meanwhile, the path has also been cleared for Dublin to continue their recent domination of the Leinster senior club football championship.

A team from the capital has won the last five provincial titles and eight of the past ten.

With the winners of Louth or Wicklow first up and home advantage in the quarter-final and semi-final should they win, Dublin's representatives will be heavy favourites to continue that run, regardless of which team emerges.

AIB LEINSTER CLUB SHC: (1) Offaly v Westmeath, (2) Laois v Carlow, (3) Dublin v Kilkenny, (4) Wexford bye

Semi-finals: 1 v 2; 3 v Wexford

LEINSTER CLUB IHC: (1) Meath v Laois, (2) Kildare v Kilkenny, (3) Dublin v Wicklow, (4) Wexford bye

Semi-finals: 1 v 2; 3 v Wexford

LEINSTER CLUB JHC: (1) Dublin v Kildare, (2) Q-Final 1 v Laois, (3) Carlow v Wicklow, (4) Q-Final 3 v Wexford, (5) Westmeath v Louth, (6) Q-Final 5 v Offaly, (7) Longford v Meath, (8( Q-Final 7 v Kilkenny

Semi-finals: 2 v 4; 6 v 8

AIB LEINSTER CLUB SFC: (1) Louth v Wicklow, (2) Offaly v Laois, (3) Longford v Carlow,

Quarter-finals: 1 v Dublin, 2 v Kildare, 3 v Westmeath, Wexford v Meath

LEINSTER CLUB IFC: (1) Longford v Wexford, (2) Q-Final 1 v Kildare, (3) Offaly v Kilkenny, (4) Q-Final 3 v Westmeath, (5) Wicklow v Laois, (6) Q-Final 5 v Dublin, (7) Louth v Carlow, (8) Q-Final 7 v Meath

Semi-finals: 2 v 4; 6 v 8

LEINSTER CLUB JFC: (1) Wexford v Carlow, (2) Q-Final 1 v Dublin, (3) Wicklow v Laois, (4) Q-Final 3 v Westmeath, (5) Offaly v Longford, (6) Q-Final 5 v Kildare, (7) Kilkenny v Louth, (8) Q-Final 7 v Meath

Semi-finals: 2 v 4; 6 v 8

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