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Cian Tracey and Donnchadh Boyle

Published 08/08/2014 | 02:30

Former Cork footballer Ciaran Sheehan will make his Australian Rules Football debut for the Carlton Blues tomorrow. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Former Cork footballer Ciaran Sheehan will make his Australian Rules Football debut for the Carlton Blues tomorrow. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Ger Rogan has ended his four-year tenure as senior hurling manager after the county board confirmed that he has issued his resignation.

DERRY

Rogan's time in charge came to an end following last month's narrow Ulster final defeat to his native Antrim.

"Ger has had an excellent working relationship with the team and county officers and I would like to acknowledge his valuable contribution to Derry hurling, both in terms of developing players promoting the game in our county," chairman John Keenan said.

"Ger's final game as senior manager resulted in a heartbreaking and narrow loss to Antrim in the Ulster hurling final at Owenbeg. It was a performance and an occasion which gives an indication of the undoubted potential within Derry hurling.

"The process of appointing Ger's successor will now get underway," Keenan added.

 

GALWAY

The Rahoon Newcastle club will celebrate its 125th anniversary on Saturday, August 30 with a festival of hurling.

The celebrations will start with an U-10 blitz, followed by a challenge game where the Rahoon U-14 team will take on neighbours Salthill.

The club's intermediate team will also face Moycullen at 5.30. The day will also feature a Poc Fada tournament and a crossbar challenge competition.

There will be a fully serviced BBQ and refreshments served from 4.0. Tickets are priced at €10.

"We want everyone who played, coached and supported Rahoon over the years to come up and be part of this special celebration," said club chairman Tony Regan.

"We have a great club and would love for this new generation to meet the men and women who hurled and made Rahoon the hurling club that it is today," he added.

 

CARLOW

The county board will investigate the mass brawl that broke out during the latter stages of the county SFC game between Kilbride and Tinryland at Dr Cullen Park last Saturday.

As the game neared its end, a fight broke out between two players but a melee quickly ensued as players and mentors from both sides became involved in the melee.

When the ruckus eventually died down, referee John Hickey brandished red cards to Kilbride's Seamus Gray and John Fitzpatrick as well as Tinryland's John Dwyer and Ian Scully, while a Tinryland selector was also sent to the stands.

Upon receiving Hickey's match report, the county board will decide what course of action to take. Both clubs are expected to be punished.

 

CORK

Former county football star Ciaran Sheehan will make his Australian Rules Football (AFL) debut for the Carlton Blues against Gold Coast tomorrow.

The 23-year old Eire Og clubman moved to the Melbourne-based AFL side last January and has impressed in his 14 games for Victorian Football League (VFL) outfit Northern Blues.

Sheehan won an All-Ireland medal with Cork in 2010 and Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has praised his hard work that has earned him a call-up.

"I think it's a fantastic story. He actually came over with Zach Tuohy (in 2009) and went back (to Ireland) and has come back again and I think that that's meritorious."

As well as Sheehan and Tuohy, Louth's Ciaran Byrne is also involved with the club. Malthouse confirmed that Sheehan's versatility means that he could play in attack, defence or on one of the two wings.

 

KERRY

Following the senior team's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final win over Galway last Sunday, attentions return to domestic matters this weekend with the Credit Union Senior Football League playing catch-up on their back-dated games.

There is action in three divisions, with Finuge and Kerins O'Rahillys meeting tomorrow and Austin Stacks will be hoping to keep up their challenge for a place in the league finals when they visit Listowel Emmets on Sunday.

In Division 3, Ardfert take on Brosna with both sides level on six points, while in Division 4 Ballylongford will play Churchill.

Round 9 of the league will be played on the weekend of August 17.

 

WATERFORD

It's been 14 weeks since a ball has been pucked in Senior Hurling Club Championship but this weekend finally signals a return to action.

Just two rounds of the championship have taken place thus far and both of those came back in April. Waterford's hectic senior campaign has halted the club championship's progress but following the Deise's defeat to Wexford three weeks ago, the clubs will now resume their battle.

Ballyduff Upper take on Tallow in Lismore this evening, while there are three games taking place in Group 1 tomorrow.

Defending champions Passage are in action against Abbeyside, while three-time winners De La Salle take on Fourmilewater.

Roanmore and Lismore complete the weekend's action. All games have a 7.30 throw-in.

 

MEATH

The county SFC will resume next weekend with the fourth round of fixtures but last year's beaten finalists Na Fianna took another significant step in their development last weekend when they secured a place in the Division 1 league decider.

A nine-point win over Dunshaughlin earned them a shot at a third successive league title after winning the Division 3 and Division 2 titles in the last two years.

Hurling takes centre stage in the county this weekend with Group A leaders, the unbeaten Trim, taking on Longwood on Sunday.

Kiltale are the pacesetters in Group B and they take on Kilyon on Monday. In the same pool, champions Kilmessan taking on Boardsmill, having won just one game in three so far.

 

KILDARE

Now that both senior and minor teams have exited the All-Ireland championship, the focus quickly switches to the club action for Lilywhites supporters.

There are still a couple of games left in the group stages of the local hurling championship, but topping the bill this weekend is the Senior Football League final between Athy and Celbridge.

Both league finalists have jumped ahead of Newbridge powerhouses Sarsfields and Moorefield in the betting for this year's championship, and tomorrow's clash in St Conleth's Park (throw-in 5.0) should attract a decent crowd.

Meanwhile, the second round of the senior championship is scheduled to take place on the weekend of August 22-24, with any replays taking place the following Wednesday.

The first round of the minor championship has been fixed for Tuesday week.

Former Kildare sharpshooter Brian Murphy – best known as the goal-scoring hero of the 1998 Leinster final win over Meath – is the new county U-21 football manager.

The Cork native, who guided the minors to Leinster success last summer, has been given a three-year term.

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