WHILE the ladies football playing season may be drawing to a close it will still be a busy weekend remains for three Kilkenny clubs.
On Friday the Kilkenny City girls’ team contest the final of the Carlow under-13 league having come through six rounds unbeaten, before they saw off Thomastown, the only other Kilkenny entrant, in the semi-final.
Friday’s final will see Kilkenny City take on Bennekerry/Tinryland. The Carlow side have been to the fore in underage football in their county in recent years and the City girls will have to be at their best if they are to claim the title. Maria Twomey and her selectors will look to the Valentine sisters, the Deely sisters, Michelle Teehan, Sophie Dwyer and Aoife Cantwell to lead the hunt for glory in Carlow.
The Thomastown under-16s will also be in final action, travelling to Wexford to contest the ‘A’ final on Saturday.
Thomastown were beaten just once in the competition, going down to a Kilmore side who will provide the opposition again in Saturday’s final. P.J. Whelan’s side boasts a number of girls who have tasted Leinster under-14 and under-16 success and All-Ireland Feile glory in recent years and are well capable of taking the Wexford under-16 title across the border to Kilkenny.
With ladies football taking over Croke Park on Sunday, the All-Ireland weekend begins with the annual seven a-side competitions on Saturday.
The Kilkenny City Girls will make their debut in the under-14 competition, which will be held at Kilmacud Crokes on Saturday while, for the seventh year in succession, the Railyard will fly the flag for Kilkenny in the adult competition at Sylvesters/Naomh Mearnog.
There will also be a large Kilkenny contingent in Croke Park on Sunday. While former Railyard player Kelly Roche will line out for New York in the junior All-Ireland final against Wicklow, Castlecomer’s Gaelic for Mothers club will feature in the half-time mini games.
The ’Comer ladies were the first Kilkenny club to join Gaelic For Mothers two years ago and since then have been joined by Gaelic For Mothers clubs in Conahy, James Stephens, Dicksboro and Thomastown.
The Kilkenny Ladies Co Board will shortly be holding training sessions for a county under-13 development squad, as well as a coaching course for potential trainers and mentors. Full details in next week’s Kilkenny People.