The long held opinion that primary schools football in Kilkenny is at as good a standard as any county in Leinster was proven in a comprehensive manner recently when four counties, Kilkenny, Carlow, Laois and Wexford met at Nowlan park to play a football tournament.
Each county brought two Development Squads. Two groups of four were formed and the games began in earnest. A very skilful Carlow side looked like the team to beat in Group 1.
Kilkenny won their first game against Laois, as did Carlow against Wexford. In Group 2 similar patterns were emerging. When both Kilkenny teams stepped up to the strong Carlow sides the result impressed beyond all expectation.
The Noresiders did the jersey proud and came away with two wins. Additional wins against Wexford placed the two Kilkenny panels on top of their groups and by the rules of the tournament crossed over and played each other in the final.
The Kilkenny East team were outright winners, beating the West squad by 6-8 to 5-7.
This project initiated by Kilkenny Cumann na mBunscol will continue into the future in order to promote football at under-age level during the summer and to highlight that hurling and football can be enjoyed together, especially during the summer months.
This hopefully will have a positive effect on football in the county.
The complete panel making up Kilkenny East and West were - Dean Mason (Ballyhale), James Brennan (Castlecomer), Jack Hickey (Urlingford), Conor O’Donoghue (Thomastown), Daragh O’Keefe (Dunnamaggin), Dylan Carey (Gowran), Killian Egan (Kilmanagh), Robert Tobin (Piltown), Ross Connolly (Castlecomer), Sean Comerford (Danesfort), Daragh Bergin (Scoil McCauley Rice), Dean Scully (Kilmacow), Colm Whelan (Thomastown), Stephen Donnelly (Thomastown),
Seamus Farrell (Gowran), Craig Phelan (Slieverue), Daniel Comerford (Coon Muckalee), Harry Jordan (St Patrick’s), George Murphy (Rower-Inistioge), Christopher Korf (Castlecomer), Andrew Stone (St Patrick’s), Oran Brophy (Piltown),
Eoin Cody (Ballyhale), Harry Kealy (Coon Muckalee), Martin O’Neill (Mooncoin), Luke Walsh (Scoil McCauley Rice), Daragh Corcoran (Ballyhale), Jack McGree (Lisdowney), Jack Brennan (Gowran), Jack Barcoe (Thomastown).