In a weekend where the first round of the championships kicked off among the top two tiers, this group produced no winners leaving two teams waiting for five to catch up.
The reasons were simple – the weather caused two matches to be postponed. The other finished in a draw.
Castlegar vs Kiltormer and Annaghdown vs Killimor will have to wait until again but Kinvara and Kilconieron did go head-to-head on Saturday in Ballinderreen before finishing all square at 0-13 apiece.
— Kinvara GAA (@kinvaragaa) April 7, 2018
It was a close first half and Kinvara took the interval advantage leading by just 0-7 to 0-6 thanks to scores from Aidan Moylan and Conor Whelan.
Kilconieron enjoyed a strong third quarter going 0-11 to 0-8 clear but were pulled back through Whelan and Tom O’Donovan setting up a grandstand finish.
But even though Kilconieron stretched ahead again, Whelan go the winner to ensure his team didn’t leave empty handed. If this is a sign of what’s to come in the seven-team group, it promises to be a fascinating battle.
IHC Group 1 Results
Kinvara 0-13 Kilconieron 0-13
IHC Group 1 Fixtures
Castlegar vs Kiltormer (Sunday, 15th April)
Annaghdown vs Killimor (Tuesday, 17th April)
Killimor vs Kilbeacanty (week ending 22nd April)
Kilconieron vs Annaghdown (week ending 22nd April)
Kiltormer vs Kinvara (week ending 22nd April)
IHC Group 1 Table