Hurling history will be made this weekend when three different clubs from Kilkenny City feature in the SHC semi-finals – the first time this has ever happened.
James Stephens, O’ Loughlin Gaels and Dicksboro have all booked a place in the last four of the competition, along with southern club Ballyhale Shamrocks. The draw for the semi-finals was made on Monday evening, with both games scheduled for Nowlan Park this Sunday, October 28.
O’ Loughlin Gaels will meet Ballyhale Shamrocks, who are looking to book their place in a seventh final in eight years. Defending champions James Stephens will take on cross-town rivals Dicksboro, who are going in search of a first final appearance in 18 years.
While the final is guaranteed to have at least one city club featuring, two city clubs have not squared off in the final since 1937, when the Village overcame Dicksboro by 3-08, 1-02.
The draw for the intermediate semi-finals has also been confirmed. The Rower-Inistioge will play St Patrick’s Ballyragget, while the winners of Clara/Glenmore will meet the winner of St Lachtain’s/Conahy.