Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Kilkenny closes the league stages of its hurling competitions and now focuses on the knock out stages.
This year there are small adjustments to the divisions, plus the introduction of extra time in all quarter and semi finals. Two periods of five minutes will be played and if game is still tied there will be a replay.
In the Roinn A Educational Supplies league, perennial contenders St Canice’s are in the semis but the surprise package of the group are Graigue Skeough, who were Roinn C Top Oil Champions of 2015. They topped the group on full points. Their regrading to A has been justified.
The chasing four teams will contest two quarter finals. The line up is Glenmore v Thomastown and St Patrick’s Boys v Gaelscoil.
The Toymaster Roinn B league is not as straight forward, at least in the north group.
Conahy Kilmanagh and Gowran are through to the quarter finals and the fourth place is between Urlingford and Castlecomer. There could be a play-off yet.
Clara will contest the Allianz GAA INTO mini sevens hurling semi-finals and possibly the final on Friday, so some leeway is afforded them.
The South group is more clear-cut. The top four are Mooncoin, Tullogher Rosbercon , Scoil Mc Cauley Rice and Kilkenny CBS. The quarter-final draw will be made later.
The Top Oil Roinn C league was redrawn as a single group. This has resulted in an ultra competitive competition.
From early on two teams seemed to stand out. Tullaroan hurled in the special 11 -a-side leagues for the last four years before they stepped up to 15-a-side in Roinn C. They have made the transition well.
Carrickshock and Rower Inistioge were top place on same points. They drew in the league and their placings were decided by a draw from a hat.
The Rower won top spot and now play the winners of the Danesfort/Coon Muckalee tie while Carrickshock play Tullaroan or Mullinavat. Games are this week.
The Top Oil Roinn D league has the same format of two quarter-finals and two semis. In the semis are St Canice’s B (top) followed by last year’s winners, Windgap. They await the results of the quarter-finals between St Patrick’s B v Clogh Moneenroe and CBS B v Slieverue.
This league is 13-a-side and is designed to cater smaller schools. It also allows the larger schools enter teams to give as many child as possible games.
Finally, the Educational Supplies Roinn E 11-a-side league has four teams competing for honours.
Johnstown are through to the final. They await the outcome of Galmoy v Ballyragget tie.
This week the semi-finals and finals of the popular mini sevens hurling and camogie will be played. The hurling semis will be hotly contested in Group 1 by Clara, Urlingford and St Canice’s while Group 2 throws up Gowran, Carrickshock and Mooncoin.
Two teams qualify for the finals.
The camogie is a straight final between Clara and St Canice’s, a repeat of the ladies football decider.
The games will be played out to finals over the next two weeks so keep an eye on the fixtures in the Kilkenny People and also check with your school.
For the fourth year in succession Kilkenny will stage a regional football tournament involving Wexford Carlow Laois and Kilkenny.
Each county will enter two even teams and will play out to final. The tournament has a strong Go Games flavour.
For the last three years the two Kilkenny teams contested the top seed finals. The tournament is supported by Kilkenny Co Board and is grant aided by Leinster Cumann na mBunscol.
All schools send their best players, which makes it an authentic competition. A total of 60 players will attend for trials from which 34 will be selected to compete in the tournament on June 10.
The cup competitions are also at quarter-finals: Corn de Bhaldraithe - Tullogher Rosbercon v Urlingford; Thomastown v Mooncoin; Lisdowney v Gowran or Ballyhale; Graigue Skeough v Castlecomer
Tommy O’Brien Cup - Carrickshock v Windgap; Tullaroan v Goresbridge/ Paulstown; St Patrick’s B v St Canice’s B; Mullinavat v Rower Inistioge.