Tipp drop Kelly from panel
TWO-time All Star Paul Kelly has been dropped from Tipperary's senior hurling panel. The 32-year-old Mullinahone clubman is Tipperary captain Eoin Kelly's older brother and was an All Star in 2002 and 2005.
A member of the Tipp senior panel since 1998, he has struggled with injuries in recent years and suffered a broken ankle last year, but had shown good form for the University of Limerick, who won the Fitzgibbon Cup this year.
He scored a goal for Tipp against Waterford in early March but was hauled off at half-time in their next league game against Offaly, which could now prove to be his last appearance for the county.
Tipperary manager Declan Ryan is poised to add some new names to his panel ahead of Sunday's final NHL outing against Wexford, with Willie O'Dwyer (Carrick Davins), Stephen Lillis (Thurles Sarsfields) and Paddy Murphy (Eire Og Nenagh) all tipped to get a call-up.
Shane Bourke, who scored 3-4 against Galway last time out, is an injury worry this week after getting two stitches in a hand injury in a club game.
Meanwhile, former Westmeath hurling manager Seamus Qualter is expected to take over the Lake County's hurlers for their final Division 2 league game next weekend after they suddenly parted company with Kevin Martin. Martin, a double All-Ireland winner with Offaly, took over as Westmeath boss last year but a disastrous league season, in which they have been relegated even before the final round, has seen him ousted.
Westmeath's hurling board chairman Willie Murphy rejected suggestions that Martin had been sacked, saying his departure was by "mutual agreement".
An emergency meeting of the Westmeath hurling board has been called for Thursday night.