Saturday is Sevens finals day

FIFTEEN teams from Kilkenny and one from Clare provided wonderful entertainment at the second day of the 30th annual Lisdowney Coca-Cola Sevens.

FIFTEEN teams from Kilkenny and one from Clare provided wonderful entertainment at the second day of the 30th annual Lisdowney Coca-Cola Sevens.

The competition was keen, but none more so than the last game of the day between Ballyhale and Clarecastle from the Banner County. Ballyhale had to call on their spirit to stage a comeback and draw level by full-time, the sides finishing on 2-6 apiece. Extra-time saw the teams go point for point before Clarecastle grabbed the extra score to secure their place in the quarter-finals of the Sweeney Cup this weekend.

Saturday will be a big day as both the Sweeney Cup and Kilkenny Supporters Club Shield will be played out to a conclusion. Among the other Coca-Cola trophies will be the coveted Best Player award.

The Shield quarter-finals will see James Stephens play Piltown and Mooncoin take on Galmoy this Saturday at 10am. The remaining quarter-finals (Camross v Danesfort and St Patrick’s v Naas) will be played at 10.40am.

The Cup quarter-finals start at 11.20am, with Moycarkey-Borris playing Barrow Rangers while O’Loughlin Gaels meet Lisdowney. The last two quarter-finals (Clarecastle v Dicksboro, Tullaroan v Conahy) will be played at 12 noon. The Shield and Cup semi-finals and finals will be played later that afternoon.

Results, Sweeney Cup round one: Lisdowney 7-4, James Stephens 1-5. Clara 1-5, Dunnamaggin 1-4. Emeralds 3-8, Mooncoin 1-5. Barrow Rangers 6-12, Young Irelands 1-1. Graigue-Ballycallan 1-7, St Lachtain’s 1-4. Conahy 5-6, Galmoy 0-6. Clarecastle 5-12, Piltown 1-2. Ballyhale 4-14, Bennettsbridge 1-5.

Results, Sweeney Cup round two: Lisdowney 4-10, Clara 0-4. Barrow Rangers 5-8, Emeralds 4-7. Conahy 2-10, Graigue-Ballycallan 1-4. Clarecastle 2-10, Ballyhale 2-9 (aet).

Results, Kilkenny Supporters Club Shield: James Stephens 7-4, Dunnamaggin 0-4. Mooncoin 8-6, Young Irelands 4-3. Galmoy 3-6, St Lachtain’s 1-3. Piltown 5-2, Bennettsbridge 2-8.

Tony Forristal

Meanwhile the Kilkenny panel for the Tony Forristal Tournament has been named. The Cats will be in action in Limerick this Saturday. Players will be notified of travel times.

Panel - Michael Cody (Dunnamaggin); Noel Whelan, Tadgh O’Dwyer (both James Stephens); Gary Bryan, Ross Butler, Robbie Buckley, Daniel O’Connor (O’Loughlin Gaels); Luke O’Donovan, Joe O’Brien (Slieverue); Craig Butler (Thomastown); Conor Doheny, Thomas Kenny, Andrew Gaffney (Dicksboro); Shane Walsh, Ian Long (Piltown); Darragh Joyce, Richie Leahy (Rower-Inistioge); Ryan Bergin, Cathal McGrath (John Lockes); Niall Walsh (Windgap); Eoin McKenna (Kilmacow); Pat Gannon (St Patrick’s); Adam Mansfield (Mullinavat); Shane Murphy (Glenmore).