All-Ireland Intermediate Championship
Sunday 25th July
2pm in Dunloy: Antrim v Kilkenny
ANTRIM were one of the seeded teams for the championship draw last month and they are strongly tipped to feature at the knock-out stage for the first time in quite a few years.
The Saffrons have done little wrong since the new management team of Paul McKillen, Jim McKernan and Elaine Dowds came in at the start of last year. Indeed since then only one team, Down, has beaten them, albeit in three finals.
However after a heavy enough defeat in the final of this competition last December, Antrim were able to make Down earn both their titles this season and that has raised a lot of optimism in the county.
They are genuine contenders for the Intermediate title, but their opening game is a banana skin – against reserve team from Kilkenny and it is always difficult to gauge what they will bring to the table.
While the Antrim defence has been forced into a series of changes over the past couple of months, the forward line seems to have improved with every outing. It could be a high scoring game, but home venue should favour the Saffrons.
Kildare and Cork meet in the same group and it will be a big surprise if Cork don’t enter next week’s head to head with Antrim unbeaten.