Power injury a blow to Cats for League final

Things went from bad to worse for Carrickshock after they were beaten by James Stephens in the opening round of the senior hurling league at hail-lashed Ballyhale on Friday (1-12 to 0-13).

Things went from bad to worse for Carrickshock after they were beaten by James Stephens in the opening round of the senior hurling league at hail-lashed Ballyhale on Friday (1-12 to 0-13).

Star attacker, Richie Power felt faint in the dressing-room afterwards and he had to be brought to hospital for tests after complaining of a bad pain in his side. X-rays revealed that the multiple All-Ireland medal winner had a number of cracked ribs, possible three.

As a result Power will, most likely, miss Sunday’s National Hurling League final against Tipperary in Nowlan Park. The Kilkenny squad will come together for training in Nowlan Park this week, and after being assessed by the team doctor the situation will be clarified.

However, things look bad for Power, who played a star role in the semi-final victory over Galway. Early suggestions were that the injury might have been sustained in that game because the player didn’t remember taking a knock against ’Stephens.

Meanwhile, Power’s club colleague, Michael Rice missed the club action with a groin injury. A decision on his fitness will be taken later in the week.

James Stephens saved a last minute penalty to hold out for a good win over Carrickshock in the senior hurling league opener. The winners led by 0-5 to 0-4 at half time.

Carrickshock had a last minute penalty by John Power saved, and they also had an effort from a close in free blocked out as they pounded the opposition at the finish in search of victory.

Scorers: James Stephens - Eoin Larkin (0-9, six frees, one 65); Ben Lahart (1-0); Matthew Ruth (0-2); David McCormack (0-1). Carrickshock - John Power (0-5, two frees); Richie Power (0-5, three frees); John Tennyson, Jamie Power, Brian Donovan (0-1 each).