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Cats want Leinster club ties put back due to fixture pile-up

KILKENNY officials have asked for the AIB Leinster senior club hurling semi-final involving their county champions to be postponed by a week in November.

The Kilkenny kingpins are fixed to play the Dublin or Wexford champions on November 18.

But county board chairman Paul Kinsella has confirmed that the Leinster Council will consider an official request tomorrow night, seeking a week's grace until November 25.

Kilkenny face a fixtures pile-up after last Sunday's All-Ireland SHC semi-final ended in a draw.

No club fixtures will be played this weekend as Kilkenny are involved in the All-Ireland U-21 hurling final on Saturday, and the following weekend is out because of the senior final replay a week later.

Kinsella would also like the players to have a fortnight of breathing space after the Galway rematch before resuming club duties.

As a result, the next round of Kilkenny SHC fixtures may not be played until October 14, and five weekends are needed to determine the 2012 Tom Walsh Cup winners.

The Kilkenny SHC final was originally pencilled in for November 4 but it is expected that the Noresider showpiece will now go ahead on November 11, giving the winners two weeks to prepare for the provincial campaign.

Irish Independent