As the sun sets on another gripping season of hurling in Kilkenny, all eyes are now firmly fixed on the impending clash between Tullogher Rosbercon and St Lachtain’s in the JJ Kavanagh and Sons Kilkenny Junior Hurling Championship Final.
Scheduled for 2:45 pm at the iconic UPMC Nowlan Park, this final promises to be an unmissable spectacle, and for those unable to attend in person, KCLR will be your gateway to the heart of the action.
The two teams have already crossed paths in the league stages, leaving fans on the edge of their seats as the match concluded in a 1-14 to 17-point draw. Notably, this was the only occasion in the season where St Lachtain’s failed to secure a victory, and they are hungry for redemption.
Last season, St Lachtain’s suffered a setback when Fenians claimed victory in the relegation final. Now, they are on a mission for immediate promotion, and the Kilkenny Junior Hurling Championship Final stands as the battleground for their redemption.
Adding to the intrigue is Tullogher-Rosbercon player Walter Walsh, who recently celebrated his wedding and honeymoon. Tullogher’s manager Michael Doyle couldn’t be more pleased with Walsh’s return, praising the Kilkenny inter-county star for his commitment and refreshed spirit.
“Like obviously Kilkenny lost the All-Ireland final and then he got married and I think the honeymoon rejuvenated him.”
“He was gone there for two or three weeks. He had that downtime that sometimes you don’t get as a county player. But it allowed Wally time to get the body right, get the head right after coming back like he’s just given everything a lift.”
In the lead-up to the final, Tullogher-Rosbercon has showcased fine form, particularly in the quarter-finals against Emeralds and the semi-finals against Dicksboro. The team seems to have hit their stride at the right time, and fans will be hoping for a continuation of this impressive form on the grand stage.
On the flip side, St Lachtain’s had a tougher journey to secure their spot in the final. They faced formidable opponents in St. Patrick’s and Windgap in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, but they certainly demonstrated resilience and determination to reach the championship final. Their path to the final has been anything but easy, setting the stage for a true clash of titans.
As the teams prepare to enter the cauldron of UPMC Nowlan Park, KCLR’s live commentary promises to be the perfect companion for fans unable to witness the action in person. Don’t miss a moment of the drama, as history is written on the hallowed grounds of Kilkenny hurling. Tune in, hold your breath, and let KCLR bring the JJ Kavanagh and Sons Kilkenny Junior Hurling Championship Final to life, straight to your ears.
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