For the third year in a row Tipperary face Dublin in the opening round of the Allianz Hurling League as the Premier men head to Croke Park this evening, February 11th for a 5pm throw in which commences the league in earnest for 2017.
So as the day lengthens and light takes hold of the dark we embark, team and supporters in unison on another journey of Sunday’s, with the odd Saturday thrown in for good measure, in search of what the hurling year will hold as our hurling embers awaken on the eve of a new campaign.
Much will be expected of Mick Ryan’s side this season as all Tipp supporters long for the swish of the hurl and the flight of the sliothar to nourish their hurling appetite.
In last year’s outing, Jason Forde (Silvermines) claimed the Man of the Match award following his impressive 1-5 from play performance. Overall in the League 33 games have been played between Tipperary and Dublin with Tipp on 20 wins, Dublin on 9 and there have been 4 draws. Of the last 10 meetings Tipp are 6 to 3 up on the head to head with 1 draw making up the balance.
As there is a double header in Croke Park on Saturday, Tipperary supporters are advised to make their way to the ground early as the team go in search of an opening round win.