On Saturday night last in Langtons the 2013 Kilkenny Minor panel and Management Team assembled for a night of celebration. Also in attendance were the parents of the players. The players were addressed by County Board Chairman Ned Quinn and Brian Cody who also presented the Leinster Championship medals. Picture shows captain James Tyrrell receiving his medal from James Stephens clubmate Brian Cody. Pat Hoban and his management team are already looking forward to 2014 and with 12 of the 2013 panel available again hopes are high for the season ahead.
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Rower Inistioge 1-9 Buffers Alley 0-10
The Rower Inistioge had to draw on all their experience to secure the Leinster Intermediate title in a low scoring game in Bellefield on Sunday. They got off to a great start and were 0-2 to 0-0 up after 5 minutes. However Buffers Alley scored the next six points as the dominated exchanges. They were still 3 points ahead at the break 0-8 to 0-5. But a David Lyng goal 5 minutes into the second half was to prove crucial. This pushed the Kilkenny side one point ahead 1-6 to 0-8. The Wexford side were ahead again with 10 minutes remaining 1-6 to 0-10. But a strong finish from the Rower when they hit three unanswered points saw them home and a deserved Leinster title. They now meet Ulster champions Clooney Gaels of Antrim in the All Ireland Semi-Final on weekend 25/26 January. For more photos, courtesy Willie Dempsey, click on Read More below.
The J J Kavanagh and Sons Under 21 Hurling Championship continues to provide fantastic entertainment as we head towards the end of the year. Mullinavat and Glenmore could not be separated in the Southern A Final in Carrigeen finishing Mullinavat 2-15 Glenmore 0-21 after extra time. In the North semi's Erins Own and O'Loughlin Gaels qualified to meet in the A Final next weekend. John Lockes had a 2 point win over Ballyhale Shamrocks in the A shield and will meet the Rower Inistioge in the Shield Final. Dunnamaggin won the South B Championship with a 1-12 to 1-6 win over Kilmacow. Meanwhile Bennettsbridge won the Northern B title with a 1-16 to 0-10 win over Tullaroan. Picture shows Bennettsbridge captain Hugh O Neill accepting the trophy from sponsor J J Kavanagh and Norther Board Chairman Donal Brennan. For more photos from this game, courtesy Willie Dempsey, click on Read More below.
Earlier this week Croke Park and Leinster Council published proposed fixture list for 2014. The Allianz National Hurling League fixtures are provisional and have yet to be confirmed. It is proposed that Kilkenny will open the defence of their title with an away game with All Ireland Champions Clare in Cusack Park on 16th Feb. They will have three home games in Nowlan Park against Tipperary, Galway and Waterford. Their other away game will be a Saturday evening fixture under lights versus Leinster champions Dublin in Parnell Park on Saturday 15th March. In a change from the 2013 format there will be quarter-finals, which will be played on March 30th, with the semi-finals down for April 20th. Meanwhile Kilkenny will open their Leinster campaign on Saturday 7th June against Offaly in Nowlan Park. For the full list of fixtures click on Read More.