Pictured are the Leinster ladies doubles champions, Dearbhail O'Keeffe and Sorcha (left) with Dublin's Meadhbh Ni Dhalaigh and Lisa McKenna
The Kilfane handball club is gearing up for a busy weekend as club members will be playing in various championships.
On Saturday at Croke Park the club will contest the All-Ireland minor softball singles final and on Sunday the Kilfane court will host the All-Ireland juvenile semi-finals.
Representing Kilkenny in the minor singles final is Jack Holden against Daire Keane, Kerry.
The Kilfane player had a very good Leinster campaign before accounting for Cavan at the semi- final stage.
Along the way he has maintained his good form and has improved in every outing.
If he continues to play to his ability he has every reason to feel confident about securing victory.
In the All-Ireland semi-finals played at the weekend there was a clean sweep for Kilkenny players.
In the under-21 grade Dylan Caulfield travelled to Cavan where he defeated Caolan Smyth 21-12, 21-8.
In ladies junior ‘B’ singles Margaret Purcell defeated Claire Conway (Tyrone) 21-14, 19-21, 21-5.
There was a walkover for Johnny Brennan (Mothel) in Diamond Masters ‘A’ singles and Dearbhail O’Keeffe (Kilfane) received a bye to the final of the ladies junior singles.
On Sunday the handball focus switches to the juvenile scene with Clogh and Kilfane hosting the All-Ireland semi-finals when Leinster play Connacht.
For all the players involved these days are special, with added tension and pressure adding to the occasion.
Unfortunately, Connacht are not able to provide opposition in all grades with some Leinster representatives going straight through to the All-Ireland finals in two weeks time.
In the Leinster doubles championships the county secured a number of provincial titles during the week.
In the under-21 doubles decider Dylan Caulfield (Kilfane) and Pádraig Cooney (Clogh) defeated Cathal and Aidan Barry (Clogh) to secure an All-Ireland semi-final slot.
In over 35 ‘B’ doubles, the newly formed partnership of John Morrissey (O’Loughlin’s) and William Murphy (Kilfane) triumphed over Wexford in the Leinster final.
There was also victory for Dearbhail O’Keeffe (Kilfane) and Sorcha Delaney ( Clogh) in the ladies junior doubles final.
They defeated Dublin to progress to the All-Ireland series.
In Silver Masters doubles Eddie Bourke (O’Loughlin’s) and Willie Holden (Kilfane) had to concede to Dublin due to injury and in intermediate singles Shane Dunne (Clogh) was a third set loser to Paul Lambert, Wexford.
MyClubShop.ie All-Ireland softball championships singles finals:
Saturday at Croke Park HC, Dublin (2pm) minor singles final, Kerry (Daire Keane) v Kilkenny (Jack Holden); ladies senior singles final, Cork (Catriona Casey) v Limerick (Martina McMahon); men’s senior singles final, Dublin (Eoin Kennedy) v Westmeath (Robbie McCarthy.
Thursday at Crinkle (8pm) DMAD final, Johnny Brennan/Joe Hennessy (Kilkenny) v Anthony McConnell/Jimmy Reilly(Meath).
Saturday at Tinahely (5.30pm) MD final, Cian Kehoe/Josh McMahon (Wexford) v Billy O'Neill/ Ciaran Cooney (Kilkenny).
Garryhill (5pm) IS final, Brian Mahon (Kilkenny) v (Paul Lambert (Wexford).
The 2018 Leinster v Connacht 60 x30 All-Ireland juvenile semi-finals on Sunday at Kilfane (11am) boys under-14S, Kilkenny (Harry Delaney) v Galway (Mikey Kelly); boys under-14D, Kilkenny (Kyle Jordan/Sean O’Keeffe) v Galway (Dara/Cathal Ó Laoire); boys under-15S, Wexford (Tommy Connors) v Galway (David Donoghue); boys under-16D, Wexford (Mark Doyle/Joe Devereux) v Mayo (Lorcan Conlon/Bobby Reilly); boys under-17S, Kilkenny (Eoin O’Brien) v Galway (Labhras Hession).
Girls undere-15S, Wexford (April Moran) v Galway (Sadbh Ni Flatharta); girls undere-16D, Kilkenny (Aine Duggan/Aoife Woods) v Mayo (Lucy Brennan/Hazel Finn).
At Clogh (12 noon) girls under-14S, Kilkenny (Amy Brennan) v Galway (Emma Kinane); boys under-16S, Kilkenny (Kyle Dunne) v Galway (Nathan Kelly); boys under-17D, Kilkenny (James Love/Tom Carroll) v Galway (Cian Ó Mainin/Eamon Ó Laoire).
Girls under-17D, Laois (Aoife Brophy /Lauren McGuigean) v Mayo (Cuileann Bourke/Claire Reynolds).
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