By virtue of two excellent wins over Limerick opposition in the Semi-Finals in Templemore on Saturday Kilkenny CBS and St Kierans have set up an historic All Ireland Colleges A Final in two weeks time. This will be the first time that two Kilkenny schools will have contested the blue riband of Colleges hurling and the hope is that the game will now be fixed for Nowlan Park. In the interim Kilkenny GAA congratulates the players and management of both teams on this great achievement and wish both schools all the very best as they prepare for the final. Kilkenny GAA Supporters Club made a presentation to both schools at Sunday's Allianz Hurling League game. Click Read More below for photo.
Muckalee 2-9 Railyard 1-6
Muckalee have started the 2014 season where they left off in 2013 by securing the J J Kavanagh and Son Senior Football League Title with a well merited win over Railyard on Saturday. This was a close affair in the first half with only a point separating the sides at the break. But Muckalee put this game out of reach when they scored 2-3 without reply in the second half and although Railyard rallied somewhat towards the end their scores were of the consolation type. Picture shows Football Chairman Tom Brennan presenting trophy to Muckalee captain Ollie Walsh. For more photos, courtesy Willie Dempsey, and match report, courtesy Patrick O Flynn, click on Read More below.
Brian Cody and his selectors have again made several changes to the line-up for Sunday's crucial Allianz League tie with Waterford. J J Delaney makes his first appearance of the year in the No 3 shirt with Jackie Tyrrell selected in the centre back position. Joey Holden moves back to the corner and Cillian Buckley slotting back to the wing back position. Brian Kennedy will wear the No 5 shirt with Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, Lester Ryan and Tomas Keogh from last week's team on the bench. In keeping with the rotation policy Eoin Murphy will be on goal this weekend. Richie Hogan and Padraig Walsh continue the midfield partnership from the second half of the Dublin game. Henry Shefflin starts in the No 12 shirt on Sunday with Mark Kelly, who was a late withdrawal in Parnell Park, again selected at No 14. Eoin Larkin moves to the corner with Aidan Fogarty dropping to the subs bench. John Power, who picked up a hamstring injury last weekend, was not considered. For full team and subs click on Read More below
It will be a "winners takes all" situation in Nowlan Park on Sunday with a quarter-final place at stake when Waterford come visiting. Clare are the only team assured of a quarter-final place following the first four rounds of the competition. Kilkenny's scoring difference may well yet prove crucial but the only sure way to qualify is to emerge victorious on Sunday. Kilkenny, Waterford, Galway, Dublin all on 4 points and Tipperary on 2 are all capable of making quarter-finals or being faced with a relegation final. It makes for championship style fare at all the venues on Sunday. Click HERE for all the permutations courtesy GAA.ie
In the meantime supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets at €10 from usual outlets and avail of €5 discount.
Leinster champions Kilkenny CBS and runners up St Kierans College are both in All Ireland Semi-Final action this Saturday in a very attractive double header in Templemore. And the opposition in both cases come from Limerick. First up at 12 noon will be St Kierans who take on Munster champions Ard Scoil Ris from Limerick city. Kilkenny CBS will then take on Munster runners-up Scoil na Trinóide Naofa from Doon Co Limerick with a 1.45pm throw in. Kilkenny GAA wishes both teams to be very best of luck as they strive to make it an all Kilkenny All Ireland Final.