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Walsh set for St Kilda debut

KERRY'S Tommy Walsh looks set to make his debut for St Kilda this weekend after being named in an extended squad to face Collingwood in their first round NAB cup clash at Etihad stadium in Melbourne on Friday night.

An appearance in the pre-season tournament against Martin Clarke's old club would kick-start his AFL career, having only begun training with the club last November.

Walsh won't be the only 2009 All-Ireland medallist to showcase his AFL skills this weekend, with fellow Kerryman Tadhg Kennelly playing his first competitive match since his return to Sydney having achieved his dream of winning an All-Ireland medal.

Kennelly has been named in the Swans squad to take on Carlton in Blacktown on Saturday night. He'll face up against another compatriot, Setanta ó hAilpín.

The appearance of both players marks a remarkable turnaround from last year when ó hAilpín's was suspended by his club for his part in a fracas during an intra-club game, and Kennelly had retired from the Swans to return to Kerry.

Maynooth into Sigerson semi

Maynooth made it to the semi-final weekend of the SIgerson Cup after a 2-12 to 1-13 defeat of UUJ in Belfast yesterday.

The Kildare college battled back from a 0-5 to no score deficit and were made to play the final 26 a man short after Ger Brennan was sent off on a second yellow card, but goals from David Quinn and Nigel Dunne (penalty) saw them surge into a semi-final fixture with DCU, who ousted holders CIT in a tempestuous game at the DCU Sports Grounds.

Cork senior Paul Kerrigan saw red in a scrappy ending to the game which Niall Moyna's men won by six points, thanks to strong performances from captain Paddy Andrews (0-4) and fellow Dublin senior Paul Flynn.

In the other semi-final, set to be played on Friday February 26th, UCC will face Athlone IT.

Dr Crokes midfielder John Buckey excelled in the middle of the park for UCC alongside Michael Shields while Barry O'Driscoll kickd three points from play for the Rebels as they eased past GMIT by 0-14 to 0-10 at the Mardyke.

Surprise package Athlone IT had the narrowest of victories over IT Sligo, eventually squeezing throough by 1-9 to 1-8, despite a late goal from David Giivney.