KILKENNY fans will have to wait nearly a month before they get the chance to see their favourites play a home match in the Allianz National Hurling League.
The ’League and MacCarthy Cup champions will be on the road for two tough matches against Galway and Tipperary before they get to perform at their own Nowlan Park on Monday, March 18.
The first home match will be a South East derby against Waterford. The only other home game will be the last one against Cork on March 31.
The Cats will visit Pearse Stadium, Semple Stadium and Cusack Park on their travels, all of which will be extremely difficult assignments against counties with serious ambitions in the competition.
Division IA has become an ultra competitive event in recent times, which is borne out by Kilkenny tough programme.
* Saturday, February 23, round I
Pairc Ui Rinn – Cork v Tipperary (7pm).
* Sunday, February 24, round I
Pearse Stadium – Galway v Kilkenny (2pm).
Cusack Park, Ennis – Clare v Waterford (2pm).
* Sunday, March 10, round 2
Semple Stadium, Thurles – Tipperary v Kilkenny (2pm).
Dungarvan – Waterford v Cork (2pm).
Cusack Park – Clare v Galway (2pm).
* Saturday, March 16, round 3
Pairc Ui Rinn – Cork v Clare (7pm).
* Monday, March 18
Nowlan Park – Kilkenny v Waterford (2pm).
Pearse Stadium – Galway v Tipperary (2pm).
* Sunday, March 24, round 4
Cusack Park – Clare v Kilkenny (2pm).
Pearse Stadium – Galway v Cork (2.30pm).
Walsh Park – Waterford v Tipperary (2.30pm).
* Sunday, March 31, round 5
Nowlan Park – Kilkenny v Cork (3pm).
Semple Stadium – Tipperary v Clara (3pm).
Walsh Park – Waterford v Galway (3pm).
* Sunday, April 14
Allianz Hurling League Division IA, IB, 2A, 2B and 3A relegation play-offs.
* Sunday, April 21
Allianz Hurling League semi-finals.
* Sunday, May 5
Allianz Hurling League final.