Ballyhale Shamrocks were in cruised mode when they dished out a bad 4-13 to 2-10 beating to Dicksboro in the opening round of the senior hurling league in Hugginstown.
The winners were in inspired by a brilliant performance from Kilkenny captain, Colin Fennelly. They led by 3-7 to 1-7 at half-time after playing with the wind. Victory was final put beyond all doubt by a goal from Colin Fennelly in the 57th minute.
Scorers: Ballyhale Shamrocks – Colin Fennelly (1-5); Eoin Reid (1-4, two points frees); Mark Aylward (1-2); Michael Fennelly (1-1); James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick (0-1). Dicksboro – Martin Gaffney (0-4, frees); Shane Maher (1-1); Cillian Buckley (0-3); Ollie Walsh (1-0); Kevin Kenny, Eoin Fennelly (0-1 each).