This weekend the Wexford hurling championships get serious. It’s Round 4 and for many this round will decide their fate for 2012, whether that’s into the play-offs or into the relegation dog fight. The battles at the top in the senior championship are fascinating. In Group A, four teams sit on 4 points but dark horses Ferns are top the table due to a significantly superior scoring average of +17.
Then in the relegation battle zone we have Rathure who are at 2 points and Glynn, who will be hugely disappointed to be rooted to the bottom of the table with no points from their three games to date.
In Group B, as expected Oulart are top of the table on full points, back in the chasing pack we have St Anne’s, St Martin’s and Cloughbawn all on 3 points. Last year’s Intermediate champions and past kingpins of Wexford hurling, who have won the senior hurling championship 11 time in total, are on 3 points with the Rapparees propping up the table with one point.
Oulart are the only club guaranteed to progress to the knock out stages and safe from relegation worries after three Rounds. Rathnure, Glynn, Adamstown and Rapparees are currently in the relegation zone and look odds on to be in the relegation battle, but all could avoid this fate and make the knockouts – if results go their way.
So there is a lot at stake for clubs this weekend, seasons could be made or broken, there will undoubtedly be some shocks. It’s been an interesting and exciting championship so far and we haven’t even reached the knockout phase, what more could we ask for (fine weather!!).