Monday 20 November 2017

In brief: Galway star not sticking with rugby

Sean Armstrong is committed to lining out for the Galway footballers next season, despite his recent surprise conversion to rugby.

The Salthill/Knocknacarra star scored a try on his recent debut for Shannon in a All-Ireland League Division 1A game against Cork Con, but has stressed that his switch to the oval ball is only temporary.

"I don't think I am good enough to play (rugby) regularly and football is still my main priority, but rugby will keep me fresh through the winter," Armstrong said. "If I was in Galway it would be different, as I could tip along to the gym with a few of the lads, but as I am in Limerick (studying) it is the perfect way to keep fit."

TYRONE'S indefatigable football captain Brian Dooher has committed himself to a 16th season with the Red Hands.

Dooher will be 36 by the time next year's championship is completed, but manager Mickey Harte is convinced he still has what it takes and confirmed that all his veterans are staying on for another tilt at the All-Ireland.

Ryan McMenamin (33) has also confirmed he is staying on, as have Stephen O'Neill, Brian McGuigan, Kevin Hughes and Philip Jordan, all of whom have turned 30.

Clarinbridge's hopes of winning their second Galway SHC title on Sunday have been dealt a big blow, with county U-21 star Barry Daly likely to miss the final replay against Loughrea with a broken thumb.

Daly, one of the most promising players to emerge during the county championship, suffered a broken thumb in the drawn final.

ALL-IRELAND football champions Cork have given the McGrath Cup a massive boost by agreeing to take part in it in the New Year.

The Rebels missed the early-season provincial competition last year as it coincided with a foreign team holiday and though they are going to South Africa in the New Year for a celebration trip, have confirmed their participation.

New Cavan football managers Val Andrews and Terry Hyland have enticed back some key players ahead of the new season.

Chief among them is Drung goalkeeper James Reilly, one of the best shot-stoppers in the country, who took no part last year.

Also already following individual training programmes during the ban on collective training are Gowna's Gerald Pierson and Ballinagh pair Anthony Gaynor and Padraic O'Reilly.

CARLOW County Board chairman Pat Deering is stepping down after being selected as a Fine Gael candidate for the next general election.

Deering (43), from Rathvilly, was a prime mover in the proposed Carlow centre of excellence in Fenagh.

During his four-year term the county's hurlers won back-to-back Christy Ring Cups and reached a first Leinster minor final.

CORK'S Declan Barron (football) and Tipperary's Mick Roche (hurling) are to be inducted into the Munster GAA Hall of Fame at the province's upcoming annual Bord Gais Energy Awards in Killarney.

Roche (Carrick Davin) was a three-time senior All-Ireland winner, while Barron (Bantry Blues) won one senior, two U-21 and two minor medals.

Irish Independent

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