The chase for honours turns to the hardball game, and Cats score again

The chase for honours turns to the hardball game, and Cats score again
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There was mixed results for Kilkenny players in the All-Ireland hardball championship matches played during the week.

In this, the oldest form of handball, local players were in action at a number of venues.

On Thursday night in Crinkle, Shane Dunne (Clogh) and Eoin Brennan (Kells) scored a 2-0 win over Cork’s Gearoid O’Connell and Eoghan Sheehan.

This result for the Clogh/ Kells pair ensues they will contest the final of the minor doubles grade.

Plenty of action

On Saturday a number of Kilkenny pairs were in action at different venues against Munster and Ulster opposition.

In Ballina, Tipperary, Talbot’s Inch duo Ciáran Neary and Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh faced a difficult task when taking on the highly rated Limerick pair, C.J. Fitzpatrick and Patrick Murphy.

In two very competitive games the ’Inch pair were most unlucky to lose 21-17, 21-15 against the favourites for the title.

The Munster pair are now favourites to win the crown when they play Dublin in the All-Ireland final.

There was also Kilkenny interest in the intermediate doubles semi-final at Talbot’s Inch where Clogh brothers, Daniel and William Love faced Tipperary’s David Moloney and Ger Coonan.

The North Kilkenny duo started well, but a hand injury to Daniel early in the first game hindered his performance.

A close fought first set, 21-18 was won by the visitors and the Tipp men sealed victory with a 21-10 win in the second game.

In the junior doubles championship, Kells pair Anthony Martin and Diarmuid Burke travelled to Na Fianna to play Tyrone’s Barry Devlin and Gabhainn McCrystal.

Second best

The Kilkenny pair came of second best to the Ulster men but they can be proud of their efforts.

A number of Kilkenny players travelled to Inis Mor, Galway to play in the annual One Wall tournament.

In the men’s B/C competition, Dan Breen (Kells) secured the honours while in the men’s Open grade, Eddie Bourke (O’Loughlin’s) was Plate runner up.

At juvenile level, Eoin Brennan (Windgap) defeated clubmate Padraic Foley in the boys under-15 Plate.

Now that the 60x30 season has commenced there will be plenty of tournaments.

Mullinavat and Kilfane are hosting their annual tournaments.

In the Masters team of four tournament in Mullinavat, there are seven teams in with a chance.

In a first round match, the host club team of Joe Walsh, Sean Walsh, Jimmy Shanahan and Joe Anthony had a comfortable victory over the Talbot’s Inch team of Martin Lalor, Gerry Murphy, Pat Savage and Jimmy Neary.

In Kilfane the annual Hal Clarke tournament is due to commence in the next few weeks.

This successful event has become popular with players within the county as they prepare for the upcoming Leinster championships.

This year the competition should be greater than ever as players strive to become the first winner since the death of Hal Clarke late last year.

Juvenile

Last weekend the Carrickmore club, Tyrone hosted an invitational juvenile tournament which involved Kilkenny players.

Travelling were Kyle Dunne, Jack Doyle (Windgap) and Billy Drennan (Galmoy) for the boys under-14 competition, while Eoin Brennan (Kells) and Ciáran Cooney (Clogh) contested the boys under-16 event.

In the team event tournament, Eoin Brennan and Diarmuid Mulkerrins (Galway), Leah Doyle (Kildare) and Cahir Munroe (Tyrone) were part of the winning squad.