This week the hurling development squads will meet on Wednesday evening at 6.30 as follows:
Under 14: South - Piltown; Central: St Kierans College; North: St James Park
Under 15: South - Mullinavat; North - Muckalee
Under 16: Ballyhale
All players are asked to be on the field by 6.20pm.
Following the most recent rounds of Junior games played this weekend the up to date table in the JJ Kavanagh & Son sponsored Junior Team of the Year Award can be found by clicking on Read More below
Kilkenny 1-16 Galway 0-15
Kilkenny qualified for The Allianz Hurling League Final, their 10th in 13 seasons, by virtue of a 1-16 to 0-15 win over Galway at Limerick's Gaelic Grounds yesterday. They will again face Tipperary in the Final in Semple Stadium on Sunday week May 4th. Kilkenny were 5 points in arrears at the break having played against a strong breeeze. They had drawn level less than 10 minutes into the second half and John Power's goal in the 53rd minute proved to be the decisive score. But Galway hung in there and had Conor Cooney converted a 70th minute 20 metre free who knows what might have happened. Padraig Walsh was awarded the TG4 "Laoch na hImirthe" award. For match report, courtesy GAA.ie, click HERE. For images of the game, courtesy Willie Dempsey and Martin Rowe, click HERE.
There are six changes on the Kilkenny team to face Galway in Allianz Semi-Final on Sunday from the starting line-up in the Quarter-Final. Brian Kennedy comes in at corner back in place of Joey Holden. Padraig Walsh moves back from mid-field to the right half back position replacing Conor Fogarty. Brian Hogan replaces Jackie Tyrrell at centre back while Cillian Buckley will wear the no 7 shirt in place of Kieran Joyce. Michael Fennelly starts at midfield having gained some game time in the clash against Wexford. The other changes are in the full forward line where John Power replaces his brother Richie and Henry Shefflin replaces Eoin Larkin. For full team click on Read More below.
Meanwhile we have been advised that the Mackey Stand is completely sold out but provision has been made in this stand for Season Ticket holders. Tickets for the North (Uncovered) Stand are still available and with a good weather forecast in prospect this is an ideal area to view the double header from. Tickets can be purchased at €5 discount up until 11am on Sunday. Supporters are also reminded of the potential travel delays near Tipperary Town on route to Limerick on Sunday
Following last weekend's club action the Kilkenny senior panel re-assembled this week in preparation for the Allianz Hurling League Semi-Final versus Galway in Limerick on Sunday. They will have a final training session on Friday night after which the team will be named.
In the meanwhile supporters are urged to purchase tickets in advance to avail of €5 discount. Tickets are Stand specific and given the high number of Season Tickets spread over the 4 counties, supporters wishing to get seats in the Mackey Stand(Covered) in particular are urged to act immediately as these are likely to be sold out in advance. Fans are also reminded that children will require a ticket (€5) for this fixture. We have also been advised of a potential difficulty on the roads on the way to Limerick on Sunday. There will be a Vintage Rally in the environs of Tipperary Town and this may cause traffic delays in the early afternoon. Perhaps travelling on the M7 from Borris in Ossory might be a good option.