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.
The eagerly awaited 2012 JJ Kavanagh & Sons sponsored Under 21A Hurling Final between Mullinavat and Saint Lactains goes ahead this coming Sunday in St Johns Park Kilkenny with a 2pm throw in. The Mullinavat side had a hugely impressive victory over Mooncoin in the Southern Final recently and will be hoping that they can take that form into the county final on Sunday. St Lactains have put up impressive scorelines in their wins over Erins Own, O'Loughlin Gaels and a fancied Lisdowney side in the North Final. With the resumption of the Inter County scene just around the corner this is an ideal occasion for Kilkenny supporters to kick start the season in a grade that always produces great hurling fare.
The Kilkenny team to play Clare in the All Ireland Under 21 final is unchanged from that which defeated Galway in the semi-final. The team is........
The Bord Gáis Energy All Ireland under 21 hurling finals will take place at Semple Stadium on Saturday next September 15th. The B final between Roscommon and Kildare will be at 5pm and will be followed by the Kilkenny v Clare under 21 final at 7pm. Both stands and town terrace will be open from 4pm. The game is all ticket (unreserved seating) with prices as follows – Stand: €20 adults, €15 student/oap (€5 refund at designated stile - New stand stile 53 and Old stand stile 1); Terrace: €15 adults, €10 student/oap (€5 refund at designated stile 37); juvenile: free to stand and terrace - New stand stile 47, Old stand stile 3, Terrace stile 36. Supporters are advised to come in time to purchase tickets if they have not done so in advance – tickets will need to be purchased before going to the entry stiles.
Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Championship Semi-Final: Kilkenny 4-16 Galway 2-15
Goals proved crucial for Kilkenny as they defeated Galway in Thurles to set up an All-Ireland U21 final clash against Clare.Kilkenny deservedly won by seven points in the end, but they needed a cool final five minutes to see out the victory after Galway struck two goals in quick succession to briefly threaten a comeback. Read on for full report from gaa.ie........ Click on Photos