Football ready to roll; hurling to start in April

The Kilkenny senior and intermediate hurling leagues will swing into action in April, when first round matches will be played.

The Kilkenny senior and intermediate hurling leagues will swing into action in April, when first round matches will be played.

Rounds 2 and 3 will be played during May, while there will be one round fixed in both July and August. No definite dates have been decided, however.

June left free

June will be left clear of local league action because that is a busy time for Leinster inter-county action. Kilkenny are engaged in the provincial senior hurling championship against Offaly in Nowlan Park on June 7.

The winners are booked for an engagement on June 22, and the losers will also be in action, while the provincial final follows on July 6.

The senior, intermediate and junior football leagues could start as early as January 25/26, if a proposal put before Monday’s first County Board meeting of the year is agreed. Rounds 2 and 3 could then follow on February 1/2 and 8/9 respectively with the junior and senior deciders being played as early as February 22/23.

March start

If this schedule is agreed, the senior and junior football championships could commence in early March.

The draws

St Canice’s Credit Union SHL/C

Group I, first round - O’Loughlin Gaels v St Martin’s (Muckalee); Tullaroan v Carrickshock; Clara v Ballyhale Shamrocks.

Group 2, first round - Danesfort v James Stephens; Rower-Inistioge v Dicksboro; Erin’s Own (Castlecomer) v Fenians (Johnstown).

Michael Lyng Motors IHL/C

Group I, first round - Thomastown v Tullogher-Rosbercon; Young Irelands (Gowran) v Conahy Shamrocks; St Patrick’s (Ballyragget) v Glenmore.

Group 2, first round - Graigue-Ballycallan v Lisdowney; Emeralds (Urlingford) v Dunnamaggin; Mullinavat v St Lachtain’s (Freshford).

JJ Kavanagh JHL/C

Group I, first round - Mooncoin v Barrow Rangers (Paulstown); Graignamanagh v Bennettsbridge; Cloneen v Slieverue.

Group 2, first round - Galmoy v Kilmacow; John Lockes (Callan) v Windgap; Piltown v Blacks and Whites.

JJ Kavanagh JHL/C (club second teams)

Group 1, first round - St Martin’s v O’Loughlin Gaels; Mullilnavat v Clara; Tullaroan a bye.

Grpoup 2, first round - Erin’s Own v Dicksboro; Ballyhale Shamrocks v James Stephens.

JJ Kavanagh SFC

Group I, first round - Railyard v Clara; Kilmoganny v St Patrick’s.

Group 2, first round - O’Loughlin Gaels v Mullinavat; James Stephens v Conahy Shamrocks.

Group 3, first round - Muckalee v Mooncoin; Dicksboro v Glenmore.

JJ Kavangh IFC

Group 1, first round - Blacks and Whites v Rower-Inistioge; Ballyhale Shamrocks a bye.

Group 2, first round - Piltown v Erin’s Own; Thomastown a bye.

JJ Kavanagh JFC

Group 1, first round - Railyard v Young Irelands; Carrickshock v Danesfort; Graigue-Ballycallan a bye.

Group 2, first round - Carrigeen v Windgap; Muckalee v Tullogher-Rosbercon.