THE CHANCE to book their place in a final is on the cards for the Kilkenny under-14 girls.
The Cats will play the final qualifying game of their Leinster football championship when they face neighbours Carlow in Nowlan Park (throw-in 3.30pm).
The under-14s made a great start to the championship, scoring a five-point win over Longford but were narrowly beaten by Westmeath in a thrilling game at Palmerstown when a late goal snatched a one point victory for the visitors.
Offaly proved too strong for Kilkenny at Ratheneska and are favourites to land the ‘A’ title. The Kilkenny girls, however, picked themselves up and gave their best display to date when they scored 10-17 against Louth at Thomastown last week.
The Cats need to beat Carlow on Saturday to avoid a play-off as Carlow have a game in hand against Westmeath. A win over Carlow should ensure Kilkenny a place in the ‘B’ final on Sunday, May 13.
It will be a Blitz bank Holiday as Kilkenny travel to Carlow for the Leinster blitz on the long weekend in May. The county will field two teams in the competition. The A and B panels have trained together since February and will play three games each before knockout stages. Many of the girls were on last year’s under-12 panel who claimed the Leinster Division 3 title.
Under-12 training gets under way on Sunday in preparation for the Leinster under-12 blitz on June 4 when Kilkenny hope to field two or three teams.
All under-12 players who are registered with clubs are invited to attend training at St James’s Park on Sunday from 11am to 12 noon. Further information from 083-3320325 or 087-6405403.
Kilkenny will shortly begin preparations for the Leinster junior championship, which gets underway on July 1 against Offaly. The county side will also face Wexford on July 29 in the All-Ireland series, followed by Offaly and Carlow.
The top two teams will qualify for the All-Ireland semi-final, with Derry, Antrim, Louth and last year’s beaten finalists New York contesting the other side of the draw. Clubs will be contacted next week with training arrangements.