JAMES Stephens, the biggest winners nationally in Feile-na-nGael, will represent Kilkenny at the under-14 hurling festival All-Ireland finals at the weekend.
’Stephens have won the All-Ireland title seven times, twice under the banner of St Patrick’s. At the finals in Dublin at the weekend The Village boys will be hosted the Kilmacud Crokes club.
The Kilkenny champions will play their first game, against their hosts, on Thursday (3pm). On Friday (10am) they will travel to the St Vincent’s club grounds for their second match against the locals before facing Patrickswell (Limerick) at 1.30pm.
The semi-finals will be played on Friday (7pm) with the finals in Croke Park on Saturday. The Roinn A final that hopefully will involved The Village will be played at 3pm. ’Stephens won the title last in 2008.
Meanwhile, the Kilkenny hurling and football Development Squads continue to work under their various coaches all over the county. The under-16 hurling panels will have training this evening (Wednesday) with the A group in St James Park (6.30pm) and the B group in Bennettsbridge at the same time.
The under-14 and 16 football squads will have work-outs on Saturday in St James Park (6pm).
Squad A hurling at St James Park (6.30pm) Alan Murphy (Glenmore), Darren Brennan (St Lachtain’s), Darragh O’Shea, Peter Hennessey (Windgap), Sean Morrissey, Jason Cleere, Liam Blanchfield (Bennetsbridge), Ronan Corcoran (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Ben Hickey, Conor Browne, Luke Scanlon, Dylan Drennan (James Stephens), Ed Murphy (St Fiachre’s), Niall Blanchfield, Andrew Brennan (Mooncoin), Eoin Kearney (Dunnamaggin), Eoin Kenny (Slieverue), Danny Bolger, Dan O’Driscoll (O’Loughlin’s), Corey Cahill, Jamie Byrne (Dicksboro), Ollie Feehan (Conahy Shamrocks), Niall O’Gorman (Emeralds), Conor Delaney (Erin’s Own), Maurice Costelloe (Kilmacow), Dylan O’Shea, David Jordan, Matt McWey (James Stephens), John Walsh, Liam Fennelly (Mullinavat). Squad B in Bennetsbridge (6.30pm) Paul White, Eamon Hennessey (St Lachtain’s), Liam Cass, Simon Callinan (Conahy), Niall McMahon, Rian Holden (Erin’s Own), John Hanrick (Dicksboro), Ben Leydon (O’Loughlin’s), Tom Kenny (Piltown), Shane Harney, Jack Maguire (Kilmacow), Martin Kelly (St Fiachre’s), Liam Hennessey (Glenmore), Shane Walsh, Jack Keoghan (Tullaroan), Jason Shore (St Martin’s), Billy Ryan (Graigue-Ballycallan),
Jason Barcoe, Kevin Galvin, Jason Byrne (Clara), Conor O’Carroll, Jack Dunphy (Lisdowney), Eoin Purcell, Ciaran Dunphy (Mooncoin), Philip Dreelan (Young Irelands), James Tynan (Danesfort), James Burke, Jonathan Barron, Robbie Donnelly (Thomastown), Bill McDowell (John Lockes), Liam Hennessey (Glenmore), Eugene Alyward (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Kevin Brennan (Bennetsbridge), Conor Duggan (Mullinavat).
Under-16 football Development Squad for training on Saturday in St James Park (6pm) Aaron Doherty (Dunnamaggin), Tarek O’Conner, Jack Byrne, Jason Shiley (Tullogher-Rosbercon), Jody Dwyer, Aaron O’Neill, Dylan Halligan, Padraig O’Fearghail (Carrickshock), EoinKenny (Slieverue), Tom Kenny, Ian Long, Shane Walsh (Piltown), Conor Delaney, Brian McDonald (Railyard), Eoin Purcell (Mooncoin), John Bowden (Freshford), Barry Hennessey, Shane Gorman (Dicksboro), Danny Monks, David Sutton (Thomastown), Darragh O’Shea (Windgap), Jason Byrne (Clara), Eoin Heffernan (Glenmore), Maurice Costelloe (Kilmacow), Paul Coss, Eoin Walsh, Dean McCann, Jack Dunphy (Lisdowney), Paddy Gallagher (James Stephens), Jim Moore, Shane Walsh (Tullaroan), John Joe Kelly, Aiden Egan (St Martin’s).