Attention on home matters

With the senior inter-county bandwagon parked for another season, attention will now turn to important domestic matters, namely the senior, intermediate, junior and all the other league/championships.

With the senior inter-county bandwagon parked for another season, attention will now turn to important domestic matters, namely the senior, intermediate, junior and all the other league/championships.

With the Kilkenny minor hurlers booked for an August 11 All-Ireland semi-final against Waterford in Croke Park (1.30pm) and the intermediates facing Galway in a semi on Saturday, August 17 the definite date for the restart of the local leagues cannot be confirmed.

The weekend of August 24/25 looks the most likely time for the playing of round four in the long delayed senior and intermediate competitions.

The date for round five will be dependent on the results of the minor and intermediate semis.

If both Kilkenny teams win, September 13/14 would be the probable date for round five activities. A mixed set of results would lead to a change of date, so nothing is set in stone at the moment.

The minor All-Ireland final is fixed for Croke Park on September 8 with the intermediate decider scheduled for August 31, with the venue yet to be agreed.

Meanwhile, Kilkenny minor team manager Pat Hoban and his selectors have a few headaches in the run up to the big game. As is the case with the county this season, injuries are a source of real concern.

Gary Kelly, who over the past 18 months has recovered from a ligament replacement and more recent times a broken thumb, has had his season ended by a bad ankle injury. Powerful centre-back, James Maher, is nursing an injury too.

Extra-time will be played in that minor semi, if required.