With the round robin stages of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship over, we now know the Quarter Final pairings as well as Cork and Galway who have a guaranteed spot in this year's All-Ireland Semi Final.
Kilkenny have had a good campaign this year so far, boosted by winning the National League earlier on this year. They have seen off some stiff competition and now face Offaly in an All-Ireland Quarter Final on July 30th in what will be another thrilling game.
After topping Group 2 of this year’s Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Championship, Galway are heading into the Semi-Finals this year on August 13th. After winning all of their games so far, they have set themselves up well in an attempt to win the O’Duffy Cup, which they last achieved back in 2013.
After topping Group 1, Cork are on the hunt for three-in-a-row this season. Having lost one game to Wexford, they have put up high scores all throughout the round robin matches. They will have their eyes set on retaining the O’Duffy Cup once again this September as they seek to overtake Dublin at the top of the Roll of Honour with 27 titles.
After being promoted to the Senior Championship this year, Waterford performed well throughout this year’s round robin stage. They only won one of their games, however, they performed well and ran some counties close in their matches. Waterford are definitely an up and coming team.
Clare had a disappointing Championship campaign this year failing to win any of their games. Compared to last year where they performed much better, Clare will have to regroup and learn from this year’s Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Championship and look ahead to next year.
After a disappointing campaign this year, having failed to win any of their matches Derry bow out of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship. They will have to regroup and come back next summer where hopefully they can perform better and progress further.
With one win and one game finishing in a draw, Tipperary finished in third place in Group 2 and now find themselves in an All-Ireland Quarter Final. After some good performances in this year’s Championship, they will be looking forward to playing Wexford on July 30th.
After a good Championship campaign, Wexford finished in second place in their group after winning four out of their five matches. They now find themselves in an All-Ireland Quarter Final against Tipperary on July 30th.
Limerick have bowed out of this year’s Championship with defeat to Cork in their final game. After winning two of their games they will be looking ahead to next year’s campaign where they will be hoping to progress further and build on this year’s performances.
Dublin had a tough task ahead of them in their final game with a massive score difference against them. In the end they were extremely unlucky not to reach this year’s All-Ireland Quarter Finals after a huge performance against Derry. They can only take positives from this and hopefully come back stronger next year.
Offaly have performed brilliantly in this year’s Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Championship finishing in third place in their group after winning four of their five matches. Next up for them is an All-Ireland Quarter Final against National League Champions Kilkenny and they will be hoping they can keep up their winning streak and make it into the Semi-Finals.
Group winners Cork and Galway proceed directly to Semi-Finals, which will be broadcast live on RTÉ One on Saturday, August 13th from Nowlan Park, Kilkenny.
Quarter-Finals – Kilkenny v Offaly & Wexford v Tipperary on Saturday, July 30th, times and venues TBC.