Hurling is currently on a high in Westmeath, following the recent success of the county’s senior side in topping the round-robin phase of the Leinster championship.  With that in mind and with home advantage on their side Westmeath will be going into the game in a quietly confident mood.

Kilkenny have to plan for the game without Bord Gáis Energy Ambassador James Maher.  He’s recovering from a broken knee-cap sustained in a farming accident.Despite being the dominant force on the senior scene for over a decade, Kilkenny haven’t enjoyed the same sort of success at U-21 level.  They have taken championship honours just twice since in the last ten-years in 2006 and 2008. Last season they reached a Leinster final where they fell to a heavy defeat to Wexford losing out by seventeen points.  Westmeath lost out at the Leinster quarter-final stage in 2015 to Offaly.

Based purely on history Kilkenny should emerge victorious given they have won the Leinster crown twenty-two times while Westmeath have never claimed the honour.  However, games are won on the pitch and not in history books.


Date Time Competition
May 25, 2016 7:30 pm Leinster Quarter-Final


TEG Cusack Park
5 Friars Mill Rd, Bellview, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland