Tyrrell out of Oulart tie after red card confirmed
NEWLY crowned Kilkenny champions James Stephens will be without county star Jackie Tyrrell for Sunday's Leinster club SHC clash with Oulart-The Ballagh after it was confirmed that he picked up a straight red card in last weekend's final win over Ballyhale Shamrocks.
Tyrrell was shown a yellow card in the 22nd minute, but was red-carded following a foul on county colleague Colin Fennelly in the 35th minute and will serve an automatic one-match ban this weekend when the Village take on the Wexford champions.
Kilkenny, meanwhile, are on the hunt for a new U-21 manager after Michael Walsh confirmed his decision to step down after four years at the helm. The former All Star goalkeeper took over for the 2008 campaign and his side completed the final leg of hurling's Grand Slam as Kilkenny won All-Ireland titles at the senior, minor, U-21 and intermediate grades.
"That was some way to start," said Walsh, who confirmed his decision yesterday. "It gave me the sort of joy I thought you could only get from playing."
Walsh guided the Cats back to the All-Ireland final in '09 but they lost to Clare and have failed to get out of Leinster in the last two seasons.
"I will look back on my time working with the U-21 players as some of the best days of my life," said Walsh, who guided the Irish U-21 side to a hat-trick of wins over Scotland in the annual hurling/ shinty series at the weekend .
"The enthusiasm among the players is unbelievable. It would inspire you."