Camogie comes back with a bang!

A NEW season and a new challenge began for Kilkenny camogie when the senior and intermediate inter-county teams started their training programmes at the weekend.

A NEW season and a new challenge began for Kilkenny camogie when the senior and intermediate inter-county teams started their training programmes at the weekend.

The new management team of Niall Williams and Graham Dillon put the players through their paces in the opening session of the campaign in Thomastown on Sunday morning.

With almost 40 team members in attendance, the 2013 season looks a promising one as Kilkenny aim to bring the Duffy Cup back to Noreside for the first time since 1994.

Tom Doheny (Freshford) and John Joe Aylward (Mullinavat) are selectors this year while Liz Dempsey (Thomastown) will operate as team co-ordinator.

After what was a disappointing season last year, Kilkenny will hope to make it to Croke Park for the first time since they were beating by Cork in the All-Ireland final in 2009.

First off they will face into league action, beginning the competition with a tricky away trip to Derry, last year’s All-Ireland intermediate champions, on February 24.

Elsewhere in the County, the South trials for the county under-16 team will be held in Thomastown on Sunday at 11am.

The county minors will also back in action in February.

They will hope to go one better this year after suffering a one-point loss in last year’s All-Ireland final.