Kilkenny booked a place in this year’s Very League Division 2B final despite losing out to Cork in Piltown at the weekend.
For the first time since 2019, Kilkenny’s Intermediate team will be in the division 2 decider. With the league format changed for 2023 by the Camogie Association it sees the tier one counties’ second teams in the 2B division. There is no promotion for the winners but whoever finishes bottom of the group after next weekend’s games will be relegated to division 4A.
Kilkenny will play Cork despite the Rebelettes defeating the Kittens on Saturday last in Piltown. Cork looked impressive as both teams went into the game unbeaten. Kilkenny manager Seamus Kelly had been trying new players out in each of his games as he tries to nail down his championship team for later in the year. Despite putting up some big scores over the last few weeks Kilkenny failed to convert some chances and lost out by eight points in the end.
Speaking after the game Kelly told KCLR:- “It’s a disappointing result I felt at times during the game we did play well, our use of the ball and the opportunities we had in front of goal we didn’t take when their opportunities arrived them took them very well”.
“The big thing is it was a fantastic test to get at this time of the year, Cork were in the All-Ireland final last year you can see they have some seasoned and mature players, a lot of our girls got bullied and pushed around a small bit, we’ll move on from this, we’ll learn and figure things out and it’s a good lesson to get too of the standard we have to get to”.