Kilkenny 1-22 Cork 2-17
Kilkenny hit the ground running in Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday evening and sent the Kilkenny supporters in the near 9000 crowd home in great spirits looking forward to the season ahead. They lead by two points at the break and following a commanding 3rd quarter were 8 points to the good entering the last 10 minutes. But two late Cork goals made for an edgy finish but Kilkenny were full value for their two point victory.
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Click HERE for images of the game from Martin Rowe
The Kilkenny team to play Cork in the Allianz Hurling League opener in Pairc Ui Rinn has been named. Brian Cody and his selectors, already without the services of the Ballyhale players, have also had to plan without the injured Power brothers and Eoin Larkin. Despite this, the first 15 named for Saturday’s game all have Allianz League experience. The most interesting pointer to the season ahead may be the positioning of Paul Murphy in the No 3 shirt. Meanwhile St Lachtain' Darren Brennan, Mullinavat’s Padraig Gahan and Ger Malone, St Patrick’s Bill Staunton and Kevin Kelly and Clara’s Keith Hogan, brother of the retired Brian, are newcomers to this Allianz League match day panel. Click on Read More below for team and subs.
Supporters are reminded to purchase tickets before they travel to avail of discount and to avoid potential delays entering the ground.
Cork County Board have been in touch with us urging supporters travelling to the game in Pairc Ui Rinn to purchase tickets before travelling. Not alone will you save €5 but you will avoid potential delays at the Ground on Saturday night. There is a real concern that supporters may try to watch the Ireland v France six nations rugby game on tv which is due to finish shortly before throw in time. Tickets are on sale at the usual Supervalu and Centra stores in Kilkenny city and county. Students and Pensioners are also encouraged to purchase €10 tickets in advance. Please note cash will not be accepted at the turnstiles. Discount applies to all adult tickets purchased before midnight on Friday,
Meanwhile we can advise that the Kilkenny team will be announced here on Thursday evening.
Kilkenny GAA Development Squads Committee are continuing with their "Youth Player Development" sessions on Thursday 19th February in Nowlan Park under the direction of Séan Kelly.
This final contact session during Mid-Term , where all the players will be re-assessed on the Exercises , which have being demonstrated over the past three months. PLAYERS MAKE SURE TO PRACTICE THOSE - Clips are live on the dedicated Squad Pages , of which, you have the password. This Re-Assessment will inform the Squads Committee as to the benefits which a player can achieve when the programme, as outlined, is followed.
Players, please click on Read More below for your time slot and as usual, please be on time.
Bennettsbridge are all set for their Croke Park appearance. They take on Fullen Gaels in the AIB Junior Final with a 2pm throw in on Sunday.
The Hogan Stand only will be open for this fixture with tickets costing €20 - adults; €10 - Students & Pensioners and Under 16's €5. Seating is Unreserved i.e. "First Come First Served".
Tickets are on sale at the usual Supervalu and Centra outlets and supporters are encouraged to purchase their tickets before travelling.
Kilkenny GAA wishes all in the Bridge the very best on this great occasion for the club.