Kilkenny and Tipperary will play a hurling game under lights to help raise funds for a city school.
On Wednesday, March 20 the under-21 hurlers from Kilkenny and Tipperary will go head to head in a fund-raising challenge match under lights in Ballyragget (7.30pm). In a similar fixture 12 months ago the teams produced a full-blooded encounter which was hugely entertaining and it helped set up both squads for the 2012 season.
Tipp went on to qualify for the Munster final where they were pipped by Clare, who later went on to defeat Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final.
Both managers are delighted to renew rivalry in a valuable early season challenge as they prepare for tough provincial campaigns. Ken Hogan remains at the helm in Tipperary and Richie Mulrooney takes charge of Kilkenny again.
If the corresponding fixture last year is anything to go by, both teams will be the strong. Even at this early stage a lot can be learned about players.
The under-21 grade has survived attempts to reshape it but for genuine students of the game it still retains all of its appeal and has produced some fantastic championships in recent times.
The proceeds from the fixture will be used to continue the development of the playing facilities at the rear of Kilkenny CBS primary school. So far the playing surface has been levelled and reseeded and new goalposts have been erected.
CBS principal Tom Clarke thanked everyone for their support of the weekly lotto, the Ballyragget club for the use of their facilities, Tipperary and Kilkenny under-21 hurlers and all those involved in promoting the GAA in the CBS schools for their work.
The CBS also expressed gratitude to The Gourmet Store on High Street, who have sponsored this challenge match.
Top Kilkenny referee, Eamon Mansfield will officiate. Admission will be 5 euro.