Saturday 16 December 2017

In brief: Brogan may miss 'Rules' opener

IRISH International Rules manager Anthony Tohill faces the prospect of being without Dublin sharpshooter Bernard Brogan for the first Test against the Australians due to a clash with the county's SFC final, WRITES DONNCHADH BOYLE.

Brogan's St Oliver Plunketts club take on St Brigid's in the semi-final on Saturday and, should they progress, Brogan could miss out on international honours for the second time after his absence in 2008 Down Under due to club commitments. Tohill has not released his final squad yet, though Brogan is expected to be involved should he be available.

"We have to beat Brigid's first and it would be a nice predicament to be in, but it would be something you'd have to make a decision on and I don't know what way that will go," Brogan said.

"The county board might do something about it if it is the same day if there are lads playing for Ireland. Mick Macauley is out with Ireland at the moment as well so he could be in the same predicament. If it does clash and the two of us do get there, hopefully they will make an allowance."

Omagh go to DRA in attempt to free trio

Omagh St Enda's will have a hearing with the DRA this week as they attempt to have suspensions on three of their players lifted.

Their Tyrone SFC semi-final against Carrickmore was postponed at the weekend pending the outcome. Micheal Gallagher, Stephen Mullan and Dara O'Neill all had bans proposed after the Tyrone Competitions Control Committee studied video footage of a melee which broke out in the closing stages of the quarter-final win over Ardboe.

Appeals to the Tyrone board and the Ulster Council have failed, and the club has now taken the case all the way to the DRA. The game is to go ahead next Saturday, whatever the outcome. Omagh will definitely be without former All Star defender Justin McMahon, who was sent off in the quarter-final.

HE authority to review procedure

the Higher Education GAA authority are commissioning an independent review to try to solve the problems that have thrown their schedule into disarray in recent years.

UCD will stage the centenary Sigerson Cup next year when a 'Sigerson Weekend' will include the quarter-finals. Waterford IT host the Fitzgibbon Cup finale.

A special Sigerson Cup Centenary Sevens, for non-inter-county players, is being held tomorrow in both DCU and Trinity's grounds and a revamped website ( has been launched.

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