GALLERY: Offaly and Kilkenny battled through the elements yesterday

Offaly won the Walsh Cup game by six points

GALLERY: Offaly and Kilkenny battled through the elements yesterday

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Teams are still getting used to the elements in January as they try and prepare for what is to come in the League and Championship.  

Yesterday was no exception as Kilkenny travelled to Birr to face Offaly in the Walsh Cup. The home side won the game by six points, winning 3-9 to 1-9 to advance to the semi-finals. 

While neither team will remember the game in six months time, it is worth seeing the conditions the players put themselves through in pre-season competitions to try and make the intercounty squad later in the year. 

Kilkenny hurlers have a puck around after arriving at St. Brendan's Park. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Offaly and Kilkenny get to grips with the difficult conditions during the match. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan 

Offaly's James Gorman scores a goal past Kilkenny goalkeeper Aaron Duggan. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan  

Jonjo Farrell of Kilkenny attempts to lift the sliotar. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan