Minors hard at work in training

THE Kilkenny county minors continued their preparation for the start of the championship with a good training session in Danesfort on Sunday.

THE Kilkenny county minors continued their preparation for the start of the championship with a good training session in Danesfort on Sunday.

Manager Damian Walsh and his selectors Patsy Murphy, Matt Doran and Helen Farrell have put together a strong panel which has been training hard since the middle of December.

The team start their championship at home to Tipperary on Saturday, February 23, a game which they hope will be the first step on the path to the All-Ireland final.

The county under-16s also began their quest for glory with the first trial match in James’s Park on Sunday. More than 70 players attended.

The girls will be coached by Paddy Kelly and T.J. Bryan and will be hoping to go one better than the All-Ireland semi-final replay defeat they suffered to Dublin last year.

Trials continue on Saturday for Southern clubs in Thomastown at 11am and on Sunday for Northern clubs in St James’s Park at 11am.

There was a large Kilkenny presence when Carrick-on-Suir’s Greenhill Secondary School played in the Munster C senior camogie final against Roscrea in Templemore on Saturday. Of the 21-strong panel, all bar one player was from Kilkenny! There were 18 girls from Piltown in the squad and one apiece from Mooncoin and Windgap, but they couldn’t stop Roscrea from taking the title on a 2-3 to 1-3 scoreline.

It has also been announced that a date has been set for the long-delayed junior county final. Glenmore and James Stephens will clash for the honours on Saturday, February 2.