National Feile Qualifier weekend is always full of drama, pride, passion and a showcase of all the future talent of that will you pull on the warriors clothes for club, Schools & county for years to come.
Sunday morning saw the Roinn A teams into action and in group A there was cracking tie between 2018 U-13 Champions Graigue Ballycallan & Dicksboro. In a game that ebbed and flowed the palmerstown outfit came out on top 2-4 to 2-3. They secured qualification out of the group where their ability to get goals proved vital in the second game over Tullogher Rosbercon who were game and showed they maybe a force in the future in Roinn A. In the final match Ballycallan held on for a five point win to gain second in the group.
In Gowran the first match of the morning saw an all city clash which ended in 1-7 to 0-4 win for James Stephens over O'Loughlin Gaels.
In the next game James Stephens were very lucky to hold on for a 1-8 to 2-3 win over Young Irelands. The final game saw O'Loughlins gain second place where their freshness after a break proved to be a factor.
Roinn B was always going to be tight and group A was decided on scoring difference. In game 1 Piltown had the minimum to spare over Dunnamaggin 1-6 to 1-5 where the lead changed hands on several occasions. Dunnamaggin bounced back in the next game to defeat Thomastown by three points which meant all eyes on the third and final game between Thomastown & Piltown. In a topsy turvy group on seperate occasions all three teams were in first place but Thomastown got over the line 1-7 to 0-5.
Group B proved to be a shoot out between Bennetsbridge & John Lockes which ended with the bridge men ahead 2-5 to 2-4 in truth it could have gone either way. Both sides had a bit to spare of a young Glenmore side.
In Freshford Clara kept up their strong run from 2018 by coming out on top in the three man group with wins over St Lachtains & Erins Own. A late scoring splurge against Erins Iwn proved to be key.
The final Roinn B group in Danesfort saw a really exciting group that came down to score difference as Danesfort & Rower Inistioge drew in their final game after two wins a piece but the home side got the nod with the better scoring difference.
Canon Kearns Park saw Graignamangh announce to the hurling world what we already we knew that it's going to take some team to stop them in their tracks as they had rattled in 12 goals in their first two games which meant they were already qualified with two games played but the other games involving Cloonen, Conahy Shamrocks & Barrow Rangers.
In group b the first game proved to be a belted as St Patrick's held on for a point win over St Martins whilst Fenians got the better of Emeralds.
The second round games left the group finely balanced with St Martins getting over the Fenians whilst St Patrick's had a point to spare over Emeralds. St Patrick's topped the group after defeating Fenians in the final game.
Tullaroan made home advantage pay as they topped their Feile group. A side with such a rich history in the competition they landed twenty goals in 90 minutes hurling and obviously have eyes on getting back to the national Feile.
Group C was to prove to be a two way race between Mullinavat & Ballyhale. In the last round they clashed with the Vat men getting ahead in the second half which proved to be crucial to win the top berth.
Clubs are reminded the football Feile qualifiers take place on Saturday 6th April. In the only football match played this weekend Danesfort gained a valuable point with Ballyhale Shamrocks 3-3 to 2-6 in the Duggan Steel Roinn C Football league.
Feile Finals weekend
Keep an eye on the fixtures section on Kilkennygaa.ie for the finals of the Roinn A, B & C Feile which will take place this Sunday.
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