WITH the Kilkenny under-14 girls making good preparations for their Leinster football championship, the under-16 squad training got underway last week. Training continues this weekend, with clubs asked to ensure that all eligible players attend.
The Leinster under-16 championship begins on Saturday, March 3 with a home game against Wicklow, which will be followed by the visit of Westmeath. Under-16 training will be held at 10am on Saturday in St James’s Park, Kilkenny. All newcomers are welcome.
The under-18 panel will also be back in training on Saturday in preparation for their Leinster Championship meeting with Carlow on Sunday, February 26. Longford travel to Kilkenny on Saturday, March 10 while the provincial semi-finals will be held in April.
With a number of players no longer eligible for minor level, clubs are urged to encourage all players to attend. Training begins at 10.30am on Saturday at St James’s Park, where a number of under-16s will also be joining the under-18 panel.
The success of Gaelic4Girls programmes which were held in Castlecomer and Graignamanagh in October and November, coupled with the under-13 development squad training, has sparked an interest in girls’ Gaelic football in many parts of the county. Twenty-eight schools competed in last year’s Primary Schools’ league, the highest number of entrants in the competition’s six-year history.
A number of information evenings are planned to assist with the setting up of new juvenile clubs in the county. Anyone who would like to start a girls gaelic football club or requires any information on Ladies Gaelic Football should contact Kilkenny ladies Football Co Board. Contact details available on www.kilkennygaa.ie and www.ladiesgaelic.ie