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Kilkenny under-16 camogie girls easily regained their Leinster title as they defeated Dublin at a sun-drenched Tom Ryall Park, Kilmanagh, last Sunday afternoon. It was an efficient, disciplined, and workmanlike display from Kilkenny, who surged clear during the second-half, as the switching of Miriam Walsh had a decisive effect. Walsh scored 1-2 in the second-half — 1-4 in total as they killed off the hopes of the Metropolitan girls.
There was disappointment for the Kilkenny senior camogie girls as they were caught by a late Galway flurry in Nowlan Park last Sunday as their league hopes were ended. Kilkenny led by four points at the interval —1-6 to 0-5 and a 45th minute goal from Shelley Farrell followed by a close range free by Aoife Neary restored that four point gap.
Kilkenny may have taken the two points against rivals Cork in dramatic style at Nowlan Park last Sunday but pride of place still has to go to O'Loughlin Gaels on reaching their first All-Ireland club final. Their hard fought victory over Loughgiel Shamrocks of Antrim at Parnell Park last Saturday now offers them a tilt a club hurling's highest honour.
Followers of Kilkenny rugby have witnessed some fine battles in Foulkstown in their day; however, this Provincial Towns Cup, First Round tie against Division 1A side, Skerries, on Sunday, was probably the finest display of sheer courage witnessed in a long time.
Kilkenny 1st 13
Kilkenny Firsts 24 Clane Firsts 17
Having beaten Ashbourne with such resounding force last week, great things were expected of Kilkenny on Sunday in Gorey. Kilkenny put in a hard week on the training pitch, with the forwards perfecting their scrum and lineout and both backlines running and re-running moves to ensure the level of intensity shown against Ashbourne was carried through to this game.
With only seven points separating Kilkenny from the top of the table, a win and a bonus point against Roscrea in Streamstown on Sunday was vital to reduce this gap and put a buffer zone between them and the bottom half of the table.
Michael Wadding of Waterford will take charge of the senior final meeting of Kilkenny and Tipperary and Laois’ Anthony Stapleton will oversee the minor meeting of Clare and Kilkenny earlier that day.