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Survivors from glory days

ONLY a handful of players are still playing from the Laois and Westmeath teams which enjoyed Leinster glory during the nineties. Here is what's left of from the Laois team of 2003

The Timahoe midfielder lined out alongside Noel Garvan in the 2003 Leinster final and kicked two points. SFC debut came against Wicklow in 2001 and featured in three of Laois' four championship outings last year.

Was handed his debut by Mick O'Dwyer at the start of the 2003 campaign and has been a virtual ever-present for Laois since. Kicked 1-1 in the Leinster final against Kildare and turned 29 last December.

And from the Westmeath team of 2004

Recently described by Westmeath

chairman Tom Farrell as the best player the county has ever produced, Dolan (right) continues to be crucial to the Westmeath cause. However, the success of Garrycastle in the Leinster club championship means he is likely to miss at least a couple of rounds of Westmeath's Division 2 campaign.

Made his championship debut as a teenager, alongside Gary Connaughton in the 2004 championship round-one win over Offaly. Glennon kicked 0-5 in the drawn 2004 Leinster showpiece and added another two points as Westmeath made history six days later.

2011 was a difficult year for the Ballinagore stalwart as injuries ruined his season, but he was back at centre-back for last weekend's defeat to Offaly. An All-Ireland U-21 winner in 1999, Ennis formed part of the Westmeath defence that was one of the meanest in the country in 2008 (when he was nominated for an All Star) under Tomas O Flatharta. Has played in the championship 43 times for the county.

The long-serving goalkeeper is currently on O'Byrne Cup duty for Athlone IT but still remains first-choice for Westmeath. The reliable shot-stopper picked up an All Star in 2008 having been nominated for the award on two previous occasions. The Tubberclair veteran remains one of the best in the business.

Irish Independent