Kilkenny County Board will not be appealing the suspensions imposed on John Dalton (Carrickshock) and Eoin Larkin (James Stephens) following incidents in Sunday’s National Hurling League final defeat against Dublin.
Although he wasn’t sent off, Dalton received an eight week ban after the CCCC of the GAA reviewed an incident in which he was involved just before half-time.
The suspension means he will miss the Leinster semi-final on June 11 against the winners from the Antrim/Laois/Wexford half of the draw, plus club games against Tullaroan this weekend and Dicksboro on Thursday, May 26.
Larkin was suspended for a month, but because of the length of the suspension he will be eligible to play with his club in the meantime. He was sent off after retaliating when awarded a free.
Meanwhile, new Kilenny manager Adrian Ronan has named the team to play Westmeath in the opening round of the Leinster minor hurling championship in Cusack Park, Mullingar on Saturday. The team - Aaron Duggan (Dicksboro); Luke Hickey (James Stephens), Ciaran Doyle (Barrow Rangers); Enda Morrissey (Bennettsbridge); Diarmuid Cody (James Stephens), Owen McGrath (John Lockes), Eoin Moriarty (Emeralds); David Kearns (Mooncoin), Chris Bolger (Clara); Conor Martin (Emeralds), Kevin Kelly (St Patrick’s), Peter Vickery (Conahy Shamrocks); Thomas O’Hanrahan (Thomastown), Richie Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Johnny Hayes (Kilmacow). Subs - Shay Dempsey (Kilmacow), Jack McDowell (John Lockes), Jack McGrath (James Stephens), Willie Brennan (Fenians), Kevin Walsh (Piltown), Daniel Lenihan (O’Loughlin Gaels), Mark Mansfield (Mullinavat), Robert Moran (Erin’s Own), Liam Hickey (St Lachtain’s).
Team management - Adrian Ronan, Niall Lacey and Barry Power.