As the 40x20 handball season hits top gear in adult competitions, the county juvenile representatives will start their quest for All-Ireland glory in the next couple of weeks.
The last two 40 x 20 seasons have produced rich pickings for Kilkenny, with players winning 11 All-Ireland titles.
This was due to the huge amount of work put in by players, parents, coaches and clubs across the county.
In preparation for the forthcoming season the county representatives gathered at Nowlan Park on Friday night to discuss the challenges ahead.
On the playing front the annual She’s Ace weekend was played in Mayo at the weekend.
In what was another good competition for Kilkenny ladies, two juveniles claimed honours.
In the girls 13 and under grade, Amy Brennan (Clogh) maintained her superiority over Clodagh Munroe (Tyrone), winning 25-18.
In the girls 15 and under grade, Noelle Dowling (Mothel) scored a narrow victory over Roisin O’Keeffe (Kilfane), 25-23.
In the ladies Open grade, Ciara Mahon (Clogh) was defeated by Niamh Dunne (Laois).
In the Leinster adult championship, Billy O’Neill (Clogh) advanced to the semi-finals in minor singles when he defeated Cian Kehoe (Wexford).
In the ladies junior B singles, Mary Buggy (Clogh) also advanced to the next round.
In the Diamond Masters A doubles, Joe Anthony (Mullinavat) and Billy Love (Clogh) were defeated by Carlow’s Eamonn Sunderland and Michael Doyle after what was a gruelling contest.
Boys singles, under-12 singles, Niall Drennan, Galmoy; under-13, David Holden, Kilfane; under-14, Kyle Jordan, Kilfane; under-15, John Doheny, Galmoy; under-16, Billy Drennan, Galmoy; under-17, Jack Holden, Kilfane.
Girls singles, under-12, Una Duggan, Galmoy; under-13, Eimer Barron, Windgap; under-14, Amy Brennan, Clogh; under-15, Aoife Woods, Mullinavat; under-16, Roisin O’Keeffe, Kilfane; under-17, Noelle Dowling, Mothel.
Today (Wednesday) at Garryhill (8pm) SD Brian Manogue/Frank Manogue (Kilkenny) v Michael Gregan/Johnny Willoughby Wicklow); at O'Loughlin’s (8pm) DMAS semi-final, Tom Kane (Carlow) v Tony Breen (Wexford); at Borris (8pm) LJBS Ciara Jordan (Wicklow) v Sorcha Delaney (Kilkenny).
Saturday at Monavea (5.30pm) MS semi-final, Cillian Hogan (Kildare) v Ciaran Cooney (Kilkenny); at Coolgreaney (5pm) JBD Eamonn Hawe/Sean Foley (Kilkenny) v James Smith/John Walsh (Dublin); at Garryhill (6.30pm) IS semi-final, Daniel Kavanagh (Wexford) v Ciaran Neary (Kilkenny); Coolboy (5pm) over 35BS semi-final, Fergal McWilliams (Wexford) v John O'Neill (Kilkenny); at O'Loughlin’s (5pm) MS semi-final, Eoin Brennan (Kilkenny) v Billy O'Neill (Kilkenny); venue TBD (5pm) JS semi-final, Keith Bourke (Kilkenny) v Brian Mahon (Kilkenny)/Ben Devlin (Louth); 5.30pm DMBS semi-final, Tom Byrne (Wexford) v Gerry Murphy (Kilkenny)/Miley Byrne (Wexford).
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