Reigning county champions to face recent north winners – Tipperary senior hurling quarter final draw is made

THURLES SARSFIELDS ARE chasing five-in-a-row in the Tipperary senior hurling championship this year and they will face the recently crowned north divisional winners in their opening knockout tie in their bid to land the 2018 title.

Ronan Maher and Padraic Maher of Thurles Sarsfields with their mother Helen after last year’s Tipperary county senior hurling final.

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Thurles Sarsfields, who have claimed the last four crowns and triumphed in seven of the last nine finals, rounded off their divisional campaign with a victory in the play-off tonight against Drom & Inch.

Tipp Senior Hurling Playoff:
Full time
Sarsfields: 1-16(19)
Drom Inch: 0-18(18) Sars and Drom progress from the playoff. Sars top the group #GAA

— Stephen Gleeson (@StephenGleeson_) September 19, 2018

Source: Stephen Gleeson/Twitter

And they will now face Kilruane McDonaghs at the quarter-final stage with the Cloughjordan club winning the north championship last Sunday for the first time in 28 years.

Happiness! pic.twitter.com/RVKExaCQrZ

— Kilruane MacDonaghs (@MacDonaghsGAA) September 17, 2018

Source: Kilruane MacDonaghs/Twitter

That game will take place on Saturday 29 September as part of a double-header featuring 2011 champions Drom-Inch and Toomevara, who were last kingpins in 2008.

The remaining two quarter-finals are scheduled for Sunday 30 September with 2016 finalists Kiladangan taking on 2010 and 2011 finalists Clonoulty-Rossmore, with 2015 finalists Nenagh Éire Óg facing Loughmore-Castleiney or Killenaule – who meet in a preliminary quarter final clash next Tuesday night.

It represents a busy schedule for Loughmore Castleiney and Killenaule with both clubs facing Tipperary senior football quarter-final ties this Friday night.

Here’s the draw in full:

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2018 Tipperary senior hurling championship

Preliminary quarter-final

Tuesday 25 September
Killenaule v Loughmore-Castleiney, Borris-Ileigh, 8pm

Quarter-finals

Saturday 29 September
Toomevara v Drom & Inch, Nenagh, 2.30pm
Thurles Sarsfields v Kilruane McDonaghs, Nenagh, 4pm

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Sunday 30 September
Kiladangan v Clonoulty-Rossmore, Dolla, 2pm
Nenagh Éire Óg v Loughmore-Castleiney/Killenaule, 3.30pm

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