Waterford have a tough opening to the 2016 Allianz Hurling Division 1A League as they are set to welcome All-Ireland Champions Kilkenny to Walsh Park on Saint Valentine’s Day.
Derek McGrath’s team will play three home games in this year’s league. In addition to welcoming All-Ireland Champions Kilkenny to Walsh Park they will also have Dublin and Galway at the Keane’s Road venue in the last two rounds of the 2016 competition.
In between McGrath will bring his side to Pairc Ui Rinn and Semple Stadium to play Cork and Tipperary, both of whom will be looking to impress the new management set up ahead of the Munster Championship.
Four sides from Division’s 1A and Division 1B will again contest the quarter finals in 2016 which is predetermined.
In football Waterford are again in Division Four and will be hoping for a better campaign than in 2015 where they finished third from bottom, collecting just three points from a possible fourteen and finished level on points along with Wicklow and London.
Waterford begins their campaign with a tricky assignment against Wicklow at Aughrim on January 31st.
The two sides clashed at the same stage of the competition this year at Fraher Field, a game Waterford won but playing away will prove to be a different proposition.
Waterford will have four home games in 2016 all of which will be played at Fraher Field against Louth and Wexford who have both dropped from Division three, the latter of which will be played under lights, while Tom McGlinchy’s side also have to make the long trip to Belfast to play Antrim.
National Hurling League Fixtures:
Round 1: February 14th Waterford V Kilkenny in Walsh Park at 2pm
Round 2: February 20th Cork V Waterford in Pairc Ui Rinn at 7pm
Round 3: March 6th Tipperary V Waterford in Thurles at 2-30pm
Round 4: March 13th Waterford V Dublin in Walsh Park at 2pm
Round 5: March 20th Waterford V Galway in Walsh Park at 2pm
Quarter Finals – April 2nd or 3rd
Division 1A Relegation play off – April 2nd or third.
Semi-finals 17th April.
Final: May 1st.
National Football League Fixtures:
Round 1: January 31st Wicklow v Waterford at 2pm in Aughrim
Round 2 :February 7th Waterford V Louth at 2pm in Fraher Field
Round 3 :February 28th Carlow V Waterford at 2pm in Netwatch Cullen Park
Round 4 :March 5th Waterford V Wexford at 7pm in Fraher Field
Round 5: March 13th Antrim V Waterford at 2pm in Corrigan Park (Belfast)
Round 6 : March 27th Waterford V London at 1pm in Fraher Field
Round 7 :April 3rd Waterford V Leitrim at 1-30pm in Fraher Field
League Final – 23 April – Top team V Second team in Division 4 in Croke Park