On a misty Tuesday morning across Kilkenny and Carlow, let’s take a look at some of the sporting headlines of the day for KCLR and Scoreline.ie. Got a story to share? Email [email protected].
Under 20 semi-finals beckon
Tomorrow night sees defending provincial champions Kilkenny at home to Wexford in the semi-final stages of this year’s ONeills.com Leinster Under 20 hurling championship. The sides met in the first game of the round robin series, Wexford coming out 2-17 to 0-20 winners back at the start of April.
But with a different format to the competition this year, Kilkenny are still in the race. We caught up with manager Mark Dowling on Full Time last night and he’s expecting a different atmosphere tomorrow. Hear his full interview on Full Time #83 below.
Kilkenny GAA are reminding fans for that game tomorrow night that you won’t be able to get tickets at UPMC Nowlan Park and as is the case with the Leinster under 20 series, you won’t be able to get them in local supermarkets either. The only way to get tickets is online at Universe.com or via LeinsterGAA.ie.
One game you can get tickets to locally this week is the final round of the Joe McDonagh Cup round robin stage as Carlow host Offaly. It goes ahead in Netwatch Cullen Park this Saturday evening at 5.30pm – a game we’ll have live with thanks to Ray Whelan Limited – but tickets are available in local Centra and SuperValu stores in Carlow.
County chairperson Jim Bolger is hoping for a big turnout with a big prize on offer for the senior hurlers and you can listen back to Jim as part of our post-match coverage on this week’s Scoreline Extra podcast.
On Carlow GAA, they’ve also launched their annual Golf Classic, heading to Mount Wolseley in Tullow on Friday June 2nd. Guest speaker at the dinner that follows is confirmed to be GAA president-elect Jarlath Burns.
All-Ireland Champions to European success
Congratulations to Presentation Secondary School Kilkenny, their junior volleyball team were crowned All Ireland Champions for 2023 yesterday, defeating Pipers Hill College Naas in a fierce game.
Presentation College Carlow’s senior ladies football team have a Leinster final to look forward to today. They’ll take on Castlepollard at 12pm in Edenderry.
Congratulations also to Graignamanagh Rowing Club’s Anna Brennan, racing over the weekend at the 102nd International Ghent May Regatta in Belgium. She traveled over with the New Ross Boat Club for her first European competition in the Under 23 championships and only went and won bronze in the Women’s Single Scull on Saturday, then clocked a second bronze on Sunday.
Win or bust
Southampton’s stint in the Premier League is all but done and dusted with three games to go. Forest were full value for their win yesterday, 4-3 it finished, but it means anything but a win at home to Fulham on Saturday and they go down.
Forest are three clear of relegation, then Everton went and beat Brighton 5-1, after Leicester lost to Fulham 5-3 on a wild Bank Holiday Monday of football. Everton are also two clear of relegation but it leaves Leicester in 18th and Leeds in 19th.
Finally, we hit the semi-final stages of the Champions League tonight as well and there’s a massive game at eight with defending champions Real Madrid hosting Man City, a repeat of last year’s semi-final.