It’s a busy start to proceedings across Kilkenny and Carlow this Wednesday so let’s take a look at some of the headlines coming from the Scoreline sports desk at KCLR.
Team of the Year shortlist released
The Camán Caint Team of the Year nominees have been announced though we know that at the very least this year’s Senior Player of the Year will be coming from the Dicksboro club. The newly crowned Leinster senior club champions will see Katie Byrne, Ciara Phelan and Aoife Prendergast battle it out for the top award of the season. Last night also saw nominees for the individual Intermediate and Junior grade awards announced along with the shortlists for all three adult grade teams of the year.
Listen to the full reveal plus hear from Dicksboro manager Donal Carroll and some of his Leinster title-winning side on the latest helping of Camán Caint below.
This year’s awards will be staged at Dicksboro GAA club in Kilkenny with a live event taking place on Friday December 1st.
Elsewhere the CCAO Division 2 Camogie league final (third level camogie) was held last night with SETU Carlow up against University of Galway. Unfortunately for the local side, it ended Galway 2-15, SETU Carlow 3-9.
Schools hurling and basketball
There’s a big day on the school front locally as UPMC Nowlan Park opens its doors this lunchtime for the Leinster post-primary schools junior ‘A’ hurling final Kilkenny city rivals St. Kieran’s College and CBS Kilkenny will meet at the county grounds from 1.30pm and we’ll have updates from Ken on air later.
Elsewhere, Presentation Secondary School Kilkenny’s Under 19s are Midlands Senior A champions following a win over S-C-R Portlaoise yesterday. They’ve now punched their ticket to the All Ireland league quarter-finals and All Ireland cup semi-finals in another bumper year for basketball at the city school.
Carlow LGFA are looking for managers and coaches for the county’s U14 squad while Carlow club St. Anne’s have opened applications for a new senior manager for the 2024 club season. Closing date for submissions is this Friday.
The Republic of Ireland bid farewall to James McClean and likely too to manager Stephen Kenny in Dublin last night, the Aviva stadium helping to bring the curtain down on a choppy 2023 on the international front. Far from a capacity crowd, New Zealand provided the opposition for Ireland’s lacklustre 1-all draw, Adam Idah’s first half goal cancelled out by a fine strike from Matthew Garbett just shy of the hour mark.
In the remaining Euro 2024 qualifiers from Ireland’s group, Netherlands were 6-0 winners away to Gibraltar while France let a 2-0 lead slip against Greece to finish out in a 2-2 draw.
Before that game, Jim Crawford’s Ireland Under 21 side played out a thrilling 2-all draw with Italy at Turner’s Cross, Leeds United’s Willy Gnonto getting a last second injury time equaliser for the visitors.
Our first live commentary of the provincial season has been confirmed for this Saturday evening as rivals Leinster and Munster clash at the Aviva Stadium. Leo Cullen’s men currently top the table in the United Rugby Championship though Munster could replace them with a win this weekend.
Carlow’s Ed Byrne returned to full training earlier this week for Leinster and should be available for selection on Saturday evening.
Kick off is set for 6.30pm and we’ll have Oisin Langan and former Irish international Mick Quinn calling the action with thanks to Dan Morrissey and co.
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