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Walsh glides into Swans reckoning

AFTER three weeks confined to the emergency back-up list, Kerry's Tommy Walsh has finally been named on the Sydney Swans senior side for tomorrow's clash with Fremantle at the SCG.

The All-Ireland medalist's impressive form for the reserves has prompted coach John Longmire to reward Walsh with his debut game for 2013.

Named at full forward, there's no doubt the 25-year-old will be eager to make an impact for the reigning Premiers having spent the first part of the season playing in the reserves competition.

Following the disappointment of missing out on a place in Sydney Swans Grand Final squad last year, Walsh then faced an injury interrupted pre-season, his biggest setback being a shoulder reconstruction.


THE shortlist for the Cadbury All-Ireland U21FC 'Hero of the Future 2013' award includes Galway's All-Ireland-winning captain, Fiontán Ó Curraoin, as well as two of his team-mates.

Runners-up Cork are represented by forward Brian Hurley, while beaten semi-finalists Kildare and Cavan have one player each.

The Cadbury Hero of the Future award winner will receive a specially commissioned bronze award and €1,000. In addition to these, the winner's club will also each receive a grant of €1,000.

Cadbury Hero of the Future Award 2013 shortlist: Fiontán Ó Curraoin, Ian Burke, Shane Walsh (all Galway), Brian Hurley (Cork), Paul Cribben (Kildare), Jack Brady (Cavan).

p Gaa president Liam Ó Néill has extended his sympathies and those of the Association to the family of Iar-Uachtarán Paddy Buggy who passed away yesterday. Buggy served the Association with distinction as a player, manager and administrator and was GAA President between 1982 and 1985, a period which included the Association's Centenary Celebrations in 1984. The current president said: "I had the privilege of knowing Paddy personally. He was a kind, gentle man who was a great President."

p ANTHONY RAINBOW has handed full-back Shane Mernagh his championship debut, after an impressive league campaign, as Carlow seek to defy the odds against Westmeath in Sunday's Leinster SFC first round clash in Mullingar.

CARLOW (SFC v Westmeath): T O'Reily; C Lawler, S Mernagh, BJ Molloy; K Nolan, S Redmond, B Kavanagh; D Foley, J Murphy; Brian Murphy, Brendan Murphy, E Ruth; S Gannon, P Reid, D Hayden.

CARLOW (SHC v London): F Foley; A Corcoran, E Nolan, HP O'Byrne; D Byrne, D English, J O'Hara; R Coady, J Kavanagh; E Coady, S Kavanagh, S Murphy; JM Nolan, M Kavanagh, P Coady.

LAOIS (SHC v Antrim): E Reilly; B Stapleton, B Campion, JA Delaney; C Healy, M Whelan, G Burke; J Fitzpatrick, J Walsh; S Maher, Z Keenan, W Hyland; J Brophy, T Fitzgerald, B

ANTRIM (SHC): R McGarry; B McFall, A Graffin, M McFadden; C McKinley N McAuley J McGreevey; M Donnelly T McCloskey; P Shiels, N McManus, E McCloskey; S McNaughton, C Carson, AN Other.