Tipperary hurlers begin National League campaign under lights in Croke Park - footballers play Antrim in first match

Eamonn Wynne

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Tipperary hurlers begin National League campaign under lights in Croke Park - footballers play Antrim in first match

Tipperary hurling captain Brendan Maher

Tipperary's hurlers will open their 2017 National Hurling League campaign against Dublin under the lights of Croke Park at 5pm on Saturday evening February 11.

The match is a double bill with Dublin's clash with Tyrone in the National Football League, which gets underway at 7pm.

The Tipperary footballers, meanwhile, will begin their National Football League programme with a game against Antrim in Clonmel Sportsfield on Sunday February 5. 

On a pilot basis in 2017, the Allianz League Hurling quarter-finals and semi-finals will finish on the day the games are played, avoiding the need for replays. 

If games in these competitions are level after two separate periods of extra time have been played, the outcome will be decided by a free-taking competition.

No semi-finals will be played in the Allianz Football League. The finals of the Allianz Football Leagues and the Division 1 Hurling League final will be played a fortnight earlier than they have been up to now, which the GAA says will free up additional time for club programmes. 

 

Allianz National Football League Division 3 

Sunday February 5 - Clonmel GAA Field, 2pm, Tipperary v Antrim

Sunday February 12 - Semple Stadium, Thurles, 2pm, Tipperary v Sligo

Saturday February 25 - O'Moore Park, Portlaoise, 7pm, Laois v Tipperary

Sunday March 5 - Semple Stadium, Thurles, 1pm, Tipperary v Longford

Sunday March 19 - O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 2pm, Offaly v Tipperary

Sunday March 26 - Semple Stadium, Thurles, 3pm, Tipperary v Louth

Sunday April 2 - Athletic Grounds, Armagh, 2pm, Armagh v Tipperary

The Division 3 Final between the top two teams will be played at Croke Park on April 8.

 

Allianz National Hurling League Division 1A

Saturday February 11 - Croke Park, 5pm, Dublin v Tipperary

Sunday February 19 -Walsh Park, Waterford, 2pm, Waterford v Tipperary

Sunday March 5 - Semple Stadium, Thurles, 3pm, Tipperary v Clare 

Saturday March 11 - Semple Stadium, Thurles, 7pm, Tipperary v Kilkenny

Sunday March 26 - Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork, 3pm, Cork v Tipperary

The Division 1A  quarter-finals will be played on the weekend of April 1/2.

The semi-finals will be played on April 16 and the final is scheduled for April 23.   

 

A special U-17 competition will be organised in 2017 to address the crossover from the U-18 minor competitions to U-17 in 2018. Like the Hurling league quarter and semi-finals, games in these competitions will finish on the day.