Champions face battle of 'maroons'

Champions face battle of 'maroons'
By John Knox jknox@kilkennypeople.ie @johnknoxkk

Defending champions, Clara face a battle of the 'maroons' in the Kilkenny senior hurling championship quarter-finals.

Clara, last year's league and championship winners, face Dicksboro in the quarter-finals which will be played on the weekend after next.

The clubs wear the same maroon colours, so one side will have to revert to their second strip on the day.

Clara have been struggling to find their form this season. They finished in the bottom half of the table and their first round match against Fenians (Johnstown) also doubled as a relegation semi-final.

Clara did score a good win over Fenians, even when playing with 14 men for nearly 50 minutes after having a player dismissed.

Dicksboro, meanwhile, finished at the top end of the table and contested the Shield final, which is between the runners-up in each group of the league.

However, the 'Boro didn't perform that well and they were beaten by O'Loughlin Gaels. The losers were without their star man, Cillian Buckley, who is nursing an injury but he is expected to be fit for the Clara match.

Another most appealing tie is the city derby between O'Loughlin's and James Stephens, who have Kilkenny manager, Brian Cody, as a selector.

Former Offaly star, Aidan Fogarty, manages O'Loughlin's.

League champions, Ballyhale Shamrocks were drawn against the winners of the Bennettsbridge versus Mullinavat match.

Senior hurling championship quarter-final draws - Dicksboro v Clara; St Martin's (Muckalee) v Danesfort or Rower-Inistioge; O'Loughlin Gaels v James Stephens; Ballyhale Shamrocks v Bennettsbridge or Mullinavat.

Junior hurling championship quarter-finals draw - Blacks and Whites v Barrow Rangers; Mooncoin v Emeralds; Graignamanagh v John Lockes; winners of Section B (senior clubs second team) Dicksboro v James Stephens.