Intermediate final set for ’Park?

By John Knox

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By John Knox

There is every chance that the All-Ireland intermediate hurling final between Kilkenny and Tipperary will be played at Nowlan Park on Saturday week.

There is every chance that the All-Ireland intermediate hurling final between Kilkenny and Tipperary will be played at Nowlan Park on Saturday week.

Last year the same counties clashed in the decider, and the match was played in Thurles. There was a toss for home venue on that occasion, and Tipp won the toss.

Kilkenny are awaiting official confirmation from Croke Park that the big game will be fixed for Nowlan Park. However, there is a slight complication, at the moment.

Nowlan Park is closed for repairs to the pitch after the area in front of the country end goal was damaged during the Bruce Springsteen rock concerts three weeks ago.

The All-Ireland senior camogie semi-finals were due to be player there yesterday, but they had to be switched to Thurles. A number of senior league matches were originally arranged for there next weekend, but they too have been changed to other venues.

The venue will be inspected during the week when a final decision on whether or not the final will be played in Nowlan Park will be made.

If the game goes ahead at Nowlan Park, it will be the third big meeting there between the counties this season. They already clashed there in the National Hurling League final and All-Ireland Qualifiers, both of which attracted sell out crowds.