Saturday 17 March 2018

Kildare players 'unavailable' for Gilroy's Leinster plans

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kildare will not be represented on the Leinster football team for Sunday's inter-provincial semi-final against Connacht in Longford's Pearse Park.

It is understood that the Division 1 table-toppers, fresh from league wins over Donegal and Cork, have not been able to supply the players manager Pat Gilroy had sought in recent weeks.

For various reasons, the players requested by the Leinster management were 'unavailable', so Gilroy and his co-selectors, last year's Leinster manager Sean Boylan and Mickey Whelan, have had to press on without any Kildare input.

Gilroy's presence as manager has, however, ensured a rich Dublin representation, with Stephen Cluxton, Rory O'Carroll, Paul Flynn and Bernard Brogan among those who are available. The GAA will this morning launch the series ahead of the weekend hurling and football semi-finals, with speculation that the finals will be played in Croke Park for the first time since 2007.

The GAA have set aside Sunday for all inter-provincial action, with matches in Longford, Tullamore – where Leinster meet Connacht in their hurling semi-final – and Armagh, where both Ulster teams host Munster.

Meanwhile, the AFL will stage their second testing camp for potential recruits from the world of Gaelic games in Dublin over the next two days.

AFL Europe's 'international combine', headed by Tadhg Kennelly, will take place in DCU and involve testing on agility, vertical jumps, endurance, speed and skills for 24 athletes from Ireland and the United Kingdom, not all from a GAA background.

Irish Independent

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