The Kildare hurlers get their season underway on Sunday when they host Meath in the first round of the revamped Kehoe Cup. The competition has been re-organised and now includes teams of greater quality compared to previous years following the introduction of a new shield competition, and the Lilywhites will be up against the likes of Meath, Wicklow, Westmeath and Antrim under the new format.
They will host the Royals this weekend, and their second game will be against either Antrim, Westmeath or Wicklow, depending on how results go.
It will be the first glimpse that Kildare hurling supporters will get of the new regime under former Kilkenny goalkeeper David Herity, who has taken u the vacant managerial position left by Joe Quaid earlier this year.
Kildare actually won this competition in Quaid’s first season in charge, but back then they were competing against the likes of Trinity College, Longford and Maynooth University in a poorer standard competition.
It will be interesting to see what kind of panel Herity has put together for the season ahead, with Kildare looking to gain promotion from Division 2B of the National Hurling League and reclaim their Christy Ring Cup title.
Throw in for Sunday’s game is at 2pm in St Conleth’s Park.
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