Old rivals meet in senior league final

The senior hurling league final will see James Stephens lock horns with Ballyhale Shamrocks.

The senior hurling league final will see James Stephens lock horns with Ballyhale Shamrocks.

The sides will meet for the fifth year in a row after title holders James Stephens beat Carrickshock by 1-17 to 0-13 and the Shamrocks saw off Clara (4-12 to 1-16) on Saturday.

The senior Shield final will see O’Loughlin Gaels take on St Martin’s (Muckalee). Former inter-county star Martin Comerford (2-2) led the Gaels to a 3-16 to 0-10 derby win over city rivals Dicksboro - a result which leaves the ’Boro with a relegation fight on their hands. St Martin’s did the same to their opponents, holding their nerve in a narrow (1-19 to 1-17) win over Graigue-Ballycallan.

Meanwhile Erin’s Own (Castlecomer) secured their senior hurling status with the narrowest (1-11 to 1-10) of wins over Tullaroan. The Fenians (Johnstown) also ended any fears of the drop when they beat Dunnamaggin on the final day of league action, their 1-14 to 0-12 win proving enough to ensure a mid-table finish in Group B.

See this week’s Kilkenny People for all the match action and championship draws