The postponed JJ Kavanagh & Sons senior football championship final in Kilkenny, initially booked for the end of May, will go ahead next week.
Just over a month from the original final (27 May) in UPMC Nowlan Park, defending champions Mullinavat will take on 2021 champions and last year’s beaten finalists Thomastown with a new date of Friday 30 June. Throw-in is confirmed for 7.30pm.
Mullinavat have won five of the last six finals, finishing as runners-up to Thomastown in the 2021 decider and in the process having a potential five-in-a-row streak broken. For Thomastown, it’s a third consecutive final and if they were to come away with the win on Friday next, they would move level with Mullinavat on six senior titles, tied for fifth place in the county’s roll of honour behind Railyard (22), Glenmore (20), Muckalee (12), Tullogher and James Stephens (8 each).
The winners can look forward to a place in the Leinster intermediate club football championships later this Autumn. Mullinavat were one win away from a place in the provincial final last December having started their provincial series against Offaly’s Bracknagh, before seeing off Shandonagh of Westmeath in the quarter-finals. Their Leinster journey came to an end on home soil in a 0-7 to 0-5 defeat to Fethard St. Mogues last November at the semi-final stages.
Mullinavat also come into the game as this year’s league champions, edging Tullogher 2-7 to 0-10 in April this year.