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Fixture details have been confirmed for the 2017 All-Ireland U21 hurling finals

Kilkenny face Limerick on 9 September.

SEMPLE STADIUM WILL host this year’s Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling final clash between Kilkenny and Limerick.

pjimage Kilkenny's Liam Blanchfield and Limerick's Kyle Hayes will be in opposition. Source: INPHO

The Thurles venue was confirmed today to host the game between the Cats and the Shannonsiders on Saturday 9 September

In a change this year from the traditional evening throw-in, the throw-in time for Kilkenny and Limerick is 3pm.

The curtain-raiser will be the ‘B’ final battle between Kerry and Wicklow.

Limerick will be chasing their sixth title over at this level and their second in three years after they blitzed Wexford in the 2015 decider.

Kilkenny can go top of the roll of honour on their own if they win their 12th crown with their most recent victory coming back in 2008.

These counties faced off in the corresponding minor final in 2014 with Kilkenny triumphing by 2-17 to 0-19.

Jason Cleere and Barry Nash Kilkenny's Jason Cleere and Limerick's Barrry Nash in opposition in the 2014 minor decider. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Here’s how they both reached the final of this year’s U21 championship:

Kilkenny

  • Leinster quarter-final: Kilkenny 0-21 Dublin 0-16
  • Leinster semi-final: Kilkenny 1-21 Westmeath 1-11
  • Leinster final: Kilkenny 0-30 Wexford 1-14
  • All-Ireland semi-final: Kilkenny 8-35 Derry 0-7

John Donnelly Kilkenny's John Donnelly in action against the Derry defence. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Limerick

  • Munster quarter-final: Limerick 2-24 Tipperary 0-19
  • Munster semi-final: Limerick 1-28 Clare 1-15
  • Munster final: Limerick 0-16 Cork 1-11
  • All-Ireland semi-final: Limerick 2-23 Galway 2-19

 

Aaron Gillane shoots on goal Limerick's Aaron Gillane shoots on goal against Galway last Saturday. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

The full fixture details are as follows:

2017 Bord Gáis Energy U21 hurling championships

Saturday 9 September

All-Ireland final
Kilkenny v Limerick, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 3pm, (Live TG4)

All-Ireland B final
Kerry v Wicklow, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 1pm, (Live TG4)

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