County trials for young footballers

THE Kilkenny Ladies Gaelic footballers will start their New Year of action with trials for the county under-14 side.

THE Kilkenny Ladies Gaelic footballers will start their New Year of action with trials for the county under-14 side.

Trials will be held on Sunday, starting at 11am, at the James Stephens pitch on the Nuncio Road. Players born in 1998 and 1999 are invited in to the trial. A small number of players born in 2000 will be contacted to attend the trial also.

Players are asked to be in the dressing-rooms at the Nuncio Road at 10.40am. Players who cannot attend due to clashes with local events should come along to the first training session the following week for a trial. The under-14s get their Leinster championship underway on March 3 with an away trip to Longford before a run of home games against Westmeath (March 24), Offaly (April 7), Louth (April 14) and Carlow (April 28). The six teams in the group will contest A, B and C finals on May 13, giving Kilkenny a great chance of earning some silverware at the grade.

Training

Training will also begin for county teams at other age levels in the coming weeks. The under-16s will commence preparations shortly. They will start their Leinster championship with a home game against Wicklow on March 3 before playing host to Westmeath on March 24. The girls will face Offaly, Louth and Carlow in April before finals are played on July 7 after the Junior Cert exams.

The under-18 side face Carlow on February 26 and Longford on March 10. Provincial semi-finals and the final for this grade have been pencilled in for early April.

The county junior side will also be back in training in the coming weeks in preparation for their National League season. The campaign begins with the visit of neighbours Carlow on February 5, followed by home games against Offaly, Derry, Limerick and Antrim.

Club mentors or parents who are willing to help with any of the county teams are asked to contact any member of the Ladies football Co Board.