Bally Boys are best in the battle of the banana skin

Sean Ryan is a tower of strength

Pics: Donal Foley

WALKING on a banana skin is not quite as dangerous as ambling a tight rope but a spill from either would not be pleasant.

Kilkenny Intermediate Hurling Champs, Graigue Ballycallan and their AIB opponents, Kildare kingpins, Celbridge, treaded the same fruit peel at John Locke Park on Saturday.

It was a lottery as to which would get safely over the finishing line.

Up for grabs for the Bally Boys was a ‘semi’ showdown against Wexford’s best, St Mogue’s of Fethard-on-Sea.

Graigue Ballycallan edged there by three points at the finish but it took a huge effort for the boys after a hectic week in which there was a party or two and there was the small matter of Celbridge’s big, strong and quite talented team.

The Kilkenny club was three points ahead at the break. But with seven minutes still on the clock, Celbridge had drawn level and Graigue Ballycallan had to dig deep to stay in the race for provincial honours.

But, late, late points, two from Conor Murphy and one from Sean O’Dwyer clinched the deal for our local team.

Conor Murphy, Graigue Ballycallan’s Man of the Match in the county final, was again a hero when he hit 10 points, nine of them from frees.

Other scorers were Billy Ryan 0-2, Eddie Brennan 0-2, Sean O’Dwyer and Aaron Brennan 0-1 apiece.

A big match in two weeks, another, provided they win, a fortnight later.

It was hectic on the way to the Kilkenny County Final.

But it is now full speed ahead as the blues bid to become High Kings of Leinster.

There was a good attendance considering the rain that poured down right until throw-in time.

Both clubs had great praise for the beautiful Callan pitch that was in great condition despite a battering from the elements.