The draw for the Michael Lyng Motors Hyundai Intermediate Hurling League unfolded at UPMC Nowlan Park, setting the stage for a fiercely competitive season ahead.
Group A in the Intermediate League comprises formidable teams – Danesfort, Rower Inistioge, Carrickshock, Lisdowney, Conahy Shamrocks, and Dunnamaggin. Meanwhile, Group B is set to witness intense battles with St. Martins, Tullogher Rosbercon, Blacks & Whites, Fenians, Young Irelands, and Mooncoin vying for supremacy.
As the dust settles from last night’s draw, all eyes are now on the senior league draw, scheduled to take place at 8 pm tonight at UPMC Nowlan Park. Teams and fans alike await the unveiling of matchups and groupings that will define the trajectory of the senior hurling season.
Speaking at the draw last night, Kilkenny star Walter Walsh shared his thoughts on Tullogher Rosbercon’s return to the Intermediate League after being promoted from the Junior Kilkenny Championship last season. Walsh acknowledged the tough but enjoyable task that lies ahead for his side.
“It’s exciting to be back into the Intermediate League and championship. It’s massive for us. We were down in junior for three or four years now, and the goal was obviously to get out of it straight away, but that proved challenging as well. It’s very, very competitive down there. Looking at both groups (intermediate), they are very, very competitive. You kind of look at who you might beat. It’s kind of hard to see what way it will turn out. Look, we’re new to it, so it’s hard to gauge for us.”
In a remarkable achievement, Tullogher Rosbercon secured victory in the Junior All-Ireland decider against Cork’s St Catherine’s. The Kilkenny champions dominated the match with a resounding scoreline of 2-21 to 1-13. Marty Murphy and Walter Walsh played pivotal roles in establishing an early lead, with Walsh delivering a sublime goal that added to the team’s comfortable advantage.
Cian O’Donoghue’s stellar performance, amassing an impressive 10 points, earned him the well-deserved accolade of Detail Men’s Wear Man of the Match. The victory marked a triumphant moment for Tullogher Rosbercon as they avenged their 2009 Junior All-Ireland final loss, securing a three-point win over Dripsey.
As Tullogher Rosbercon transitions from their Junior success to the challenges of the Intermediate League, the team and their fans are brimming with confidence and anticipation. The upcoming season promises to be a compelling journey for Tullogher Rosbercon, with eyes set on making a significant impact in the Michael Lyng Motors Hyundai Intermediate Hurling League.
Check out KCLR’s The Kilkenny Hurling Podcast S2 E3: Eddie Scally and Robbie Dowling responds to Wexford supporters, The Cats big trip to Cork, and satisfactory or disappointing start to Kilkenny’s league campaign?