County hurling champions Sixmilebridge or last year’s beaten finalists Kilmaley will be in the relegation play offs this season.
That’s the big talking point amongst hurling fans this evening after they were drawn to face each other in round two of the championship.
Both suffered defeat in the opening rounds two weeks ago when there were a number of surprise results.
Whichever side loses will be one of four that will then battle it out to determine who will drop down to intermediate grade for next season.
The full draw is as follows
Losers section; A—Tulla v Inagh-Kilnamona; B-Ballyea v Newmarket; C-Cratloe v Whitegate; D-Kilmaley v Sixmilebridge.
The losers of these games will be out of the championship race and will proceed to play off to determine who will be relegated while the four winners will go on to play in the third round seeking to get into the competition quarter finals
Winners section; A- Eire Og v Clarecastle; B-Wolfe Tones v Crusheen; C—O’Callaghans Mills v Feakle; D—Clooney-Quin v Clonlara.
The winners of these four games will be through to the championship quarter finals while the losers here will then play the four winners from the losers section for the remaining four quarter final places.
The date for these games will depend on the progress of the Clare senior county hurling and football teams. Should the hurlers manage to win the Munster title, there is likely to be a round of domestic championship games in mid July.
By Seamus Hayes