Final and Finuge for Fitz
Published 23/01/2013 | 13:58
EAMONN Fitzmaurice will serve his club and county this weekend in what will be a busy 24 hours for the Kerry manager.
On Saturday Fitzmaurice will bring his Kerry team to Tipperary town for the final of the McGrath Cup against Tipperary (throw-in 2.30).
Originally scheduled for Sunday, the Munster Council agreed to a request from the Kerry County Board to bring forward the game by 24 hours in order to facilitate Fitzmaurice who plays with Finuge in the All-Ireland Club intermediate championship on Sunday.
Saturday's McGrath Cup final comes off the back of Kerry's 3-17 to 1-11 win over Limerick last Sunday and the management are expecting Marc O Se, Aidan O'Mahony and Paul Geaney to be available after all three were very late withdrawals from the starting team last weekend.
O Se (hamstring), O'Mahony (chest infection) and Geaney (back strain) are expected to have recovered in time for Saturday's final and all three could be included in the starting team.
Less certain is the availability of any of the Dr Crokes players. The Killarney club will be just three weeks away from their AllIreland Club SFC semi-final with Ballymun Kickhams and the club might decide to hold their players back from what is expected to be a tough, physical game against Tipperary.
Fitzmaurice will swap bib for boots on Sunday as Finuge travel to the Gaelic Grounds for their All-Ireland semi-final against Monasterevin. Fitzmaurice missed the Munster Final win through injury, while Paul Galvin also returns having been suspended for that game.
Elsewhere, Kenmare are in All-Ireland junior club action as they face Leinster champions Castleknock in Mitchelstown. Kenmare will be without Stephen O'Brien.