The 2013 Allianz/Cumann na mBunscoil primary schools hurling leagues are ready to swing into action. Today (Wednesday) a full round of matches in the the Educational Supplies Roinn A division will be played.
Roinn A contains 10 teams this year with last season’s Roinn B champions ,Thomastown joining the premier grade. Also back in Roinn A are Castlecomer. They opted to go in to the top division. They were runners-up to Thomastown last year, but having reflected on the age profile of the team they decided to ply their trade with the top sides.
This is a very positive move on their behalf and they are wished the very best of luck. They go there on the back of a Roinn B football win in 2012, so the signs are good.
Educational supplies Roinn B has a familiar shape to it this year also with two groups of six divided into north and south. Lisdowney are the newcomers here. This division is always keenly contested and the quality of hurling in it can
often rival that of the higher grade
Top Oil Roinn C has scaled down its number and has the more familiar North/South shape as in the past. There are six teams in the north and seven in the south. Last year’s runners-up Danesfort could be the one to watch as they had a good run in the football earlier, contesting the Country Cup under lights in Mooncoin.
All teams in this division can give a good account of themselves.
Due to falling numbers in some schools, the Top Oil Roinn D 11-a-side has proven popular this year. Seven teams make up this division. Tullaroan, who were last year’s winners, may well be the team to beat. This is an important division for schools who struggle with numbers.
While it is not full 15-a -ide it is more important that these schools can still play games and continue the development process.
Roinn B and C will begin action on March 13 with Roinn D teams taking to the field on March 20. Easter being early it will be full on for all schools after Easter.
The full fixtures list will appear in the Kilkenny People so people can go along to a venue nearby and try and pick out the next Henry Shefflin.