Croke Park to host ladies finals replays
THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association has confirmed that the replays of the Intermediate and Junior All-Ireland finals will be held at Croke Park on Sunday week.
Croke Park has been made available to the LGFA despite the fact that the expected attendance for the double-header will fall well short of the 33,000 required to make opening the stadium financially viable.
LGFA president Pat Quill has confirmed that a final decision on providing financial assistance to New York will be made at a Central Council meeting next Wednesday.
The Exiles believe that it will cost them an estimated $30,000 to get the squad, management and officials back to Dublin for their junior final replay against Wicklow.
"There was a rumour that they weren't coming back but I can assure you that they are, and they are delighted to do so," Quill said. "The (financial assistance) proposal has to go to Central Council, but I have no doubt they will approve some figure."
Meanwhile, Aussie Rules side Carlton are waiting to hear from Down's Martin Clarke as to whether he'll team up with them for the new season. The An Riocht man is expected to return to the AFL, with the Melbourne-based club keen to secure his services.
Elsewhere, Monaghan manager Eamonn McEneaney is hoping to persuade star forward Tommy Freeman to commit himself to the Farney men for 2012. The Magheracloone man missed the 2011 campaign after moving to New York, but he returned to line out for his club in last weekend's SFC semi-final defeat.
Outgoing Clare football manager Micheal McDermott faces competition to keep the job, with the county board seeking nominations for the post.
Cian O'Neill has been linked with a coaching post as part of James Horan's back-room team in Mayo after the Kildare native recently parted ways with the Tipperary hurlers. Former Wexford footballer and army officer Ross Dunphy has been tipped to replace O'Neill in the Premier county.