Ladies off to Offaly on Sunday

THE Kilkenny ladies travel to Offaly this Sunday for a meeting with the Faithful County in the National League.

THE Kilkenny ladies travel to Offaly this Sunday for a meeting with the Faithful County in the National League.

Having secured a win over Carlow and then getting a walkover from Derry, victory over the hosts would keep them in the hunt for a semi-final place.

Westmeath and Roscommon currently top the table and have already qualified for the final four. The last two rounds of group games will prove a tight affair with Kilkenny, Offaly, Antrim and Louth battling it out for the two remaining places while Derry and Carlow have slipped out of contention. Kilkenny’s final game will be a tough away trip to Antrim on April 3, but two wins should see them progress.

Training

Under-16 and under-18 training continues on Friday at 7.30pm at Loreto. The under-16 girls played a valuable challenge match against Wicklow on Sunday and will face Carlow in the Leinster championship in the coming weeks.

The under-18s have a date with Offaly on April 9, followed by Carlow a week later.

Clubs are asked to send all eligible players forward for selection.

Over 30 girls have been attending under-14 training and will face Carlow in a challenge match in early April. Training for under-13s and under-14s continues on Saturday at 11am. Players will be notified of venue, with all newcomers welcome.

Juvenile development

With the primary schools league wrapped up and 26 schools already entered in the 2011 competition, which will begin in September, a number of areas have expressed an interest in continuing local development at juvenile level. Any clubs or schools wishing to commence underage football in their area can contact Kilkenny Ladies football, tel 086-8989033 for some advice and tips on getting started.