Young Dubs go with their winning team
DUBLIN manager Shay Boland has named the same starting 15 from the semi-final win over Clare as the Sky Blues face Tipperary in their Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final at Croke Park on Sunday (1.15).
With Dublin hoping to go one better than last year's final defeat, Boland has selected nine players that featured in Dublin's loss to Galway 12 months ago with Cian O'Callaghan captaining the team from full-back.
Cormac Costello, who along with Eric Lowndes and Conor McHugh helped the county's minor footballers book their All-Ireland final spot last Sunday, is placed at centrefield alongside Cuala's Colm Cronin.
The team's top-scorer, Paul Winters, is selected in the inside-forward line along with Oisín O'Rorke and Cian Boland but both Winters and Boland may well play deeper roles with Caolan Conway expected to be involved closer to goal.
Favourites last won the All-Ireland MHC in 2007 while the Dubs last lifted the Irish Press Cup in 1965.
DUBLIN (MHC v Tipp): C Mac Gabhann; S Barrett, C O'Callaghan, E Lowndes; E O'Donnell, R Murphy, S McClelland; C Costello, C Cronin; C McHugh, S Treacy, C Conway; O O'Rorke, C Boland, P Winters.
Walsh ready to rock: Hanley
KERRY'S Tommy Walsh has been selected to play finals football for the Sydney Swans against Adelaide tomorrow despite having played just three senior games for the club this season.
It's a big milestone in the career of the All-Ireland medalist, who moved to the Harbour City having failed to make his AFL debut after two years at Melbourne Club St Kilda.
Walsh got the call up for the Swans final match of the regular season (round 23) last weekend having not featured in the senior side since round nine.
Despite the Swans losing to reigning premiers Geelong, Walsh kicked his third goal in AFL and obviously did enough to convince Swans selectors that he's worth a punt in September.
Walsh's compatriot Brisbane Lions star Pearce Hanley has backed the Kerry man to deliver on the big stage, despite his limited experience.
"The Swans are a top-four team so their training would be of very high intensity all the time," Hanley said. "So he would be matched up on (marking) top defenders at every training session. I've no doubt that he'll be up to the intensity of finals football. It's great (that he's selected) and I can't wait to watch him play."