Clare 1-16 Kilkenny 0-18
Although disappointed with the result Brian Cody and his management team will take quite a few positives from Kilkenny's opening clash with All Ireland Champions Clare. Played on an understandably heavy Cusack Park surface in front of a 10,000 plus crowd there was much to admire in the Kilkenny performance.
The Kilkenny team to play Clare in the opening round of the Allianz National Hurling League in Ennis on Sunday has been announced. Following on from the successful Walsh Cup campaign Brian Cody and his selectors continue to give game time to some promising newcomers whilst, at the same time, bolstering the team with some experienced players. Michael Walsh and Brian Kennedy, along with Conor Fogarty, man the full back line while Joey Holden and Paul Murphy flank Clara's Lester Ryan in the half back line. Cillian Buckley has his first outing partnering Padraig Walsh at midfield whilst the half forward line of Henry Shefflin, Colin Fennelly and Eoin Larkin is sure to be a popular selection to all travelling to Cusack Park. Kilkenny supporters will also welcome the retention of Jonjo Farrell and Mark Kelly in the full forward line where they will be joined by Walter Walsh for his first outing of the season. For full team click on Read More below.
All Bord na nÓg fixtures in Kilkenny have been postponed this weekend due to bad weather and unplayable pitches.
In addition the Club Officers Meeting scheduled for the Rising Sun in Mullinavat on Saturday has also been postponed.
Rower Inistioge 1-16 Kilnadeema-Leitrim 1-9
The Rower Inistioge followed in the footsteps of Clara by claiming the AIB All Ireland Intermediate Club title at a wet and cold Croke Park on Saturday evening with an extra time win over a brave Kilnadeema-Leitrim side. In very difficult playing conditions The Rower held a narrow 0-4 to 0-3 half time lead. .....continued.....click on Read More.
For photos from the game, courtesy Willie Dempsey, click HERE.
For brief match report, courtesy Independent.ie, click HERE.
Following their win in the Bord na Móna Walsh Cup Kilkenny now look forward to the defence of their Allianz League title. First up is a very difficult assignment in Ennis against All Ireland champions Clare. This game takes place on Sunday week Februray 16th and will have a 2pm throw in. And it is followed on the following Sunday with the visit of Tipperary to Nowlan Park again with a 2pm throw in. This year the GAA has come up with an attractive admission price of €10 when tickets are purchased in advance. These are now on sale at the usual Supermarket outlets - click on Read More below for list of outlets in Kilkenny - or from www.gaa.ie