Monday 19 August 2019

Tipp blow as O'Riordan extends Swans deal

Colin ORiordan. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Colin ORiordan. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Former Tipperary dual star Colin O'Riordan is unlikely to return to action for the county any time soon after he penned a new two-year deal with AFL outfit Sydney Swans.

O'Riordan has been operating with the club's second-string side but his new deal, which is set to keep him Down Under until 2019 at least, will see him elevated to the club's senior list for the new season.

The JK Brackens clubman left a promising career in the GAA behind him when he went Down Under. He won a minor football All-Ireland in 2011 as a 16-year-old and followed that up with a minor hurling medal a year later.

O'Riordan made his senior championship debut for the Tipp footballers in 2014 and captained them to reach the All-Ireland U-21 final in 2015 when they lost out to Tyrone. He joined the Swans later that year and looks set to remain in Australia for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, Dr Crokes have been thrown out of the East Kerry championship after they notified the local board they would not be showing up for their O'Donoghue Cup semi-final clash with local rivals Legion.

Crokes felt the game came too close to Sunday's Munster Club SFC clash with Cork side Nemo Rangers to field and as a result the club have been removed from the competition while it is also expected they will be hit by a fine. Legion move on to face four-in-a-row chasing Rathmore on Sunday week.

"Our club is very disappointed with the East Kerry Board decision to award the game to our opponents and impose a fine," Dr Crokes chairman Denis Coleman said.

"We will take some time to consider the decision before we respond to the board. However, our focus this week is on the upcoming Munster Senior Club Final which is a great occasion for the club and our supporters.

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"There's great excitement within the club in the build-up to the game and we are all looking forward to our day out in Cork."

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