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Take 2: Ballyhale and Oulart clash is re-fixed for next Saturday

Yesterday’s Leinster club semi-final was postponed in Wexford Park due to torrential rain resulting in the pitch being unplayable.

 Referee Barry Kelly at Wexford Park before calling off the game.
Referee Barry Kelly at Wexford Park before calling off the game.
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Updated 2.30pm

BALLYHALE SHAMROCKS AND Oulart-The-Ballagh will attempt to face off again next Saturday in the Leinster club SHC semi-final in Wexford Park.

The match was postponed yesterday with just half an hour to go until the scheduled throw-in time due to an unplayable pitch.

Leinster Council officials have now confirmed that following an agreement between the two clubs, the game will now be played next Saturday, December 1st, at the same venue.

The original throw-in time of 2pm remains in place with admission to the game being free for all patrons.

Referee Barry Kelly from Westmeath had deemed the pitch unplayable yesterday after torrential showers had created pools of water on the pitch.

There had been uncertainty about the game being able to be played on Saturday night but the pitch did pass an inspection by local officials yesterday morning.

Yet further heavy showers of rain resulted in the pitch deteriorating significantly and the game had to be called off.

The postponement has a knock-on effect with the Leinster club hurling final, which had been pencilled in for next Sunday, now to be moved to the following weekend with Sunday December 9th the provisional date.

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Offaly champions Kilcormac-Killoughey, who will feature in their first provincial decider after defeating Laois side Rathdowney-Errill last week, are awaiting the winners of the Ballyhale Shamrocks and Oulart-The-Ballagh in that final.

If Ballyhale Shamrocks win next Saturday, the final will be played in O’Moore Park. If Oulart-The-Ballagh triumph next Saturday, the final will be played in Nowlan Park in Kilkenny.

The champions in Leinster this year will progress to the All-Ireland series where they will face off against Tipperary’s Thurles Sarsfields, who emerged champions in Munster with a 1-21 to 1-16 final win over Waterford’s De La Salle yesterday.

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