Hurling review: Kerry gold

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Four pieces of lower-tier silverware awarded this Saturday – but for two of the winners the League season is not yet over.

Kerry only beat Westmeath by six points in the end, but led by 11 points at one stage early in the second half after a flurry of five goals. That wouldn’t necessarily have led them any higher in the table but it helps to bridge the gap – and should they win the playoff against Antrim next weekend (which Elo deems likely – but more anon) they’ll have rightfully earned their status in Division 1. As it stands, Kerry remain in 12th but Westmeath fall two slots to 16th on the back of the defeat.

Kildare, Tyrone and Warwickshire are the other winners of the weekend; Kildare rise one place but that’s partly because of Westmeath’s slide, though the new rating proves that the Lilywhites are worthy of Division 2A. Tyrone are the only others to gain any ground on the table, jumping over Armagh.

Hurling rankings
(w/e April 5, 2015)
1 Kilkenny 2174
2 Tipperary 2133
3 Cork 2015
4 Dublin 1931
5 Waterford 1868
6 Limerick 1860
7 Galway 1858
8 Clare 1845
9 Wexford 1699
10 Offaly 1591
11 Laois 1474
12 Kerry 1425
13 Antrim 1362
14 (+1) Kildare 1346
15 (+1) Carlow 1322
16 (-2) Westmeath 1315
17 Down 1251
18 Meath 1221
19 Derry 1161
20 Wicklow 1075
21 London 1071
22 (+1) Tyrone 972
23 (-1) Armagh 958
24 Mayo 941
25 Roscommon 925
26 Donegal 855
27 FIngal 794
28 Monaghan 775
29 Louth 702
30 Longford 635
31 Fermanagh 577
32 Warwicks 572
33 Sligo 320
34 Leitrim 281
35 Lancashire 250

The finals of the four lower League divisions take place on Saturday – we’ll be back later in the week to preview them.

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