Get Red-dy for the Longest Day!

Get Red-dy for the Longest Day!
by Trevor Spillane tspillane@kilkennypeople.ie @TrevorSpillane

Kilkenny Castle will rock to the sound of the clash of the ash as the city goes GAA-GAA this weekend!

Hurling and camogie teams from all over Ireland will flock to the Marble City for the Red Bull Longest Day five-a-side tournament.

Led by Red Bull Athletes Joe Canning (Galway) and Ashling Thompson (Cork) and supported by Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan, Red Bull Longest Day will see 24 hurling and 16 camogie teams from around the country battle it out on the grounds of Kilkenny Castle.

“I really love the idea of the event,” said Hogan. “I am very passionate about the promotion of hurling, so the idea of a five-a-side, all day hurling event sounded fantastic to me.

“I am especially excited to see this event taking place right in the centre of Kilkenny City - the home of Irish hurling!”

Starting in early morning, group stages will see five-a-side teams battle it out in a round robin format with the top two teams progressing to the knockout rounds. The finals will be played in the shadows of Kilkenny Castle at dusk.

Matches will start at 10.30am on Saturday, running until 1.45pm, when there will be a break for the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 match against Belgium. The action resumes at 4pm and runs until 10.30pm.

Teams are made up of five players with unlimited subs from a squad of maximum 10. All games will be played on a half-sized pitches, with teams playing a round-robin format. The top two teams from each group will progress to the knockout rounds. The finals will be played in the Castle grounds at dusk.

There are a number of prizes up for grabs, with the winning team in both the hurling and camogie tournaments earning a trip to an international Red Bull event or a pre-season training camp to the value of €5,000.

The prize will also include a session with world renowned strength & conditioning coach, Mike McGurn and a set of 10 Canning Hurleys for the winning teams.

For more on the tournament see www.RedBull.ie/LongestDay