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Let's end club v country row - Duffy

THE 'club versus country' debate that has raged all week as Ireland prepare for their International Rules tour to Australia has taken several further twists.

GAA director-general Páraic Duffy has proposed that, in future, a rule be introduced whereby players still involved in their local championships two weeks before the start of a series would be deemed ineligible. The Aussies are due to tour here in 2013.

"I don't think we can have a situation where players are forced to choose or where county championships are being put back. I think the club has to come first here and maybe we have to establish a new set of ground rules," Duffy declared.

That will be of little solace to Footballer of the Year nominee Darran O'Sullivan who, in pulling out of the Irish squad because of club commitments with Mid-Kerry in the Kerry SFC final on Sunday week, took aim at GAA officialdom down south.

"I'm not the only one that this has happened to and I just feel that more could be done to help players in situations like this," O'Sullivan complained.

"By all accounts it seemed that there was just no co-operation on it. The county board got on to the Munster Council and asked if they delayed the Kerry final by two weeks would the Council then delay the Munster championship by a week or so, but there was no budging."

O'Sullivan's place on the plane has now been taken by Cork playmaker Paddy Kelly.

OFFALY county board's protracted search for a new football manager has hit yet another hitch after the latest frontrunner, Gerry Cooney, withdrew from the running to replace Tom Cribbin.

Contacted by the Evening Herald, Cooney confirmed that he was approached and considered the role. "I attempted to put a team together," he said. "Some of the people I wanted on board weren't available, so that's the reality."

DUBLIN'S senior footballers have announced details of its annual golf classic which takes place at Carton House on Friday, November 18.

The four-ball Stableford competition tees off at 10am over the O'Meara and Montgomerie courses; the cost per team is €1,000 covering green fees, continental breakfast on arrival, hot snack and refreshments on course, three-course buffet meal at the acclaimed Linden Tree restaurant and the opportunity to meet 'Sam Maguire', while tee sponsorship are available for €250.

To secure your four-ball contact Mark Doyle on 087-2608656.