THE qualifiers for the Kilkenny senior hurling League and Shield finals have broken very much along North and South lines.
Ballyhale Shamrocks, Carrickshock, James Stephens and St Martin’s (Muckalee) claimed the four quarter-final places in the St Canice’s Credit Union senior hurling championship.
The first pair will contest an all South League final and the latter two will battle it out in an all North Shield final.
The first round of the senior championship pits Tullaroan against O’Loughlin Gaels, Fenians against Erin’s Own, Danesfort against Graigue Ballycallan and Dicksboro against Dunnamaggin. The last two games also double as relegation semi-finals.
In the Michael Lyng Motors intermediate hurling championship, St Lachtain’s, Clara, St Patrick’s and the Rower-Inistioge claimed the quarter-final slots with the first two named contesting the League final and the other two contesting the Shield final.
In the first round of the championship Young Irelands play Mulllinavat , Emeralds play Glenmore, Tullogher Rosbercon play Mooncoin while Conahy Shamrocks clash with John Lockes. The last two games double as relegation semi-finals.
The J.J.Kavanagh and sons junior hurling championship moved a step closer tocompletion at the weekend. O’Loughlin Gaels, Thomastown and Bennettsbridge have secured semi-final places. They will be joined by the winner of the Barrow Rangers and Lisdowney tie.
The relegation final will see Graignamagh take on the Fenians.