Weekend Previews- Seniors to face Dubs, Intermediates travel to Waterford, U16 and Minors face Wexford and U16B face Meath.
by PRO on the 18th of March 2015
Irish Daily Star National League Division 1 Group 2 round 3
Kilkenny vs Dublin ( Sunday 2.30pm)
Venue: Danesfort GAA, Referee: Peter Dowd
The senior team will be hoping to record their second win of the league campaign when they entertain Dublin in Danesfort on Sunday. This will be a tricky assignment for the Cats as Dublin are high flying this season under the new management of Shane O’Brien after recording an opening day win over Derry and followed this up with a victory over last year’s league finalist Clare. They suffered their first defeat last weekend at home to Cork. Kilkenny on the other hand made a slow start to the season with an opening day loss to Cork but bounced back brilliantly to record a 4-17 to 0-09 point win over Derry last weekend. This victory put Kilkenny right back into contention in third place and a victory over Sunday’s opposition will put Kilkenny into second place on scoring difference, and with this being Dublin’s last game, Kilkenny could secure passage through to the semi finals with a final day win over Clare. This will be seen as a must win game for Kilkenny for them to be in with a shot of defending their league title, and this motivation should see Kilkenny through on Sunday.
Irish Daily Star Division 2
Kilkenny vs Waterford ( Sunday 1.30pm)
Venue: Carriganore (W.I.T. Sports complex) Referee: Jenny Byrne
The Kilkenny intermediate team will travel to Carriganore on Sunday hoping to make it four wins from four league outings. Kilkenny backed up victories over Meath and Tipperary with an excellent victory over Junior All Ireland champions Down last Sunday. This is a top of the table encounter and a victory for either side will guarantee a place in the league semi finals. The last time these sides met was in the group stages of the All Ireland championship where Kilkenny recorded an impressive victory over the team classed as the dark horses for the All Ireland. Kilkenny have being in impressive form so far this season and have the right mix of youth and experience players to call on. This will be a serious tussle, not only will Waterford be out to atone for the lost last season, they also will have Lismore players among their ranks and they will be hoping not to suffer another defeat to the black and amber. It promises to be a cracker of a game and one very hard to call. I feel the scoring threat that Kilkenny have should see them over the line but expect a titanic tussle.
Minor A All Ireland Championship – Sighle Nic an Ultaigh
Kilkenny vs Wexford ( Saturday 3pm)
Venue: Thomastown Referee: Mike Sheehan
The Kilkenny minor camogie team will be hoping to make it two wins from two when they entertain Wexford on Saturday. Kilkenny had an impressive opening day win over Clare and will be hoping to continue this good vein of form on Saturday. Wexford on the other hand suffered an opening round loss to Tipperary. In the group stages last year Wexford edged out Kilkenny in poor condition in Wexford by 0-07 points to 0-05 and also the Slaneysiders edged out the kittens in the Leinster final last year, a game Kilkenny were well in control of and would of being bitterly disappointed to lose. These narrow losses I feel will be the motivating factor for Kilkenny and should see them over the line on Saturday, but expect it to go right down to the wire.
Leinster u16 Championship Division A 2nd Round
Kilkenny vs Wexford ( Sunday 2.00pm)
Venue: Glenmore Referee: Ger Browne
The Kilkenny under 16 team will be hoping to bounce back from their opening round loss to Dublin when they entertain Wexford on Sunday. Kilkenny were very unlucky last season to suffer a narrow loss to the Slaneysiders, which saw them exit the Leinster campaign but atoned for this in the shield competition where Kilkenny defeated them 3-09 to 2-06 to see Kilkenny claim the shield. Wexford were impressive six point winners in their opening round game to Offaly. This will be a very tough game for the Kilkenny side but the motivation of not suffering two defeats on the trot to Wexford at this stage of the competition should see Kilkenny get one over on the Slaneysiders on Sunday
Leinster u16 Championship Division B 2nd Round
Kilkenny vs Meath ( Sunday 1.30pm)
Venue: Drumree GAA Centre, Meath Referee: Damien Noble
The Kilkenny Under 16 B will hope to follow up there emphatic opening round win against Wicklow when they travel to Meath on Sunday. A victory over the Royals on Sunday would almost secure safe passage to the semi finals. Meath in contrast to Kilkenny suffered a opening round defeat to Dublin by 4-07 to 2-03. Meath are a team that are making great strides at this level but you would have to expect Kilkenny to claim the win on Sunday.
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