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20 September 2009; Eoin Cadogan, Cork, blocks the shot of Tommy Walsh, Kerry. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kerry v Cork, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

20 September 2009; Eoin Cadogan, Cork, blocks the shot of Tommy Walsh, Kerry. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kerry v Cork, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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20 September 2009; Eoin Cadogan, Cork, blocks the shot of Tommy Walsh, Kerry. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kerry v Cork, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

KERRY will have only six of their All-Ireland final starters for their league opener against Mayo on Sunday but their visitors are equally understrength.

However Tommy Walsh looks set to make his long-awaited return for the Kingdom as the ex-Aussie Rules player is named on their bench.

Only six of Kerry's starters against Donegal last September are listed to start (Fionn Fitzgerald, Paul Murphy, David Moran, Johnny Buckley, Stephen O'Brien and Paul Geaney) but they include four more (Shane Enright, Bryan Sheehan, Michael Geaney and Barry John Keane) who came off the bench in the All-Ireland final.

New captain Kieran Donaghy is club-tied with Austin Stacks so David Moran gets the captaincy first day out.

'Footballer of the Year' James O'Donoghue, Marc O'Se, Peter Crowley and Colm Cooper are among the Kingdom's heavy casualty list to which Killian Young was added with a groin strain at training last night.

It will be the champions' first meeting with Mayo since the sides locked horns in that memorable two-game All-Ireland semi-final last August and the Connacht champions are reportedly going to unveil a new all-black second strip in Killarney.

But Mayo's own injury problems means they have only six starters from their last clash.

Aidan O'Shea and Andy Moran are among their wounded and Cillian O'Connor has carried over a suspension from that late red card in their last meeting.

The new management has abandoned the full-back experiment with Donal Vaughan who's been named in midfield and Castlebar's Patrick Durcan gets his debut at wing-back.

Eoin Bradley, whose soccer commitments kept himĀ  out of the Derry squad last year, is noticeably among their subs for their league opener against Donegal.

Galway's hurlers, who have lost Joe Canning for six weeks with a broken finger, have made three changes for their Walsh Cup semi-final with Carlow. Ronan Burke will make his seasonal debut and Johnny Coen and James Regan will start Andy Smith is named at centre-forward.

James Loughrey and Brian Hurley have recovered from injury in time to make the Cork team for their big league opener against Dublin but Paddy Kelly and Daniel Goulding are still out injured.

With a lot of their stars playing for UCC and CIT in the Fitzgibbon Cup, Cork's hurlers have named an experimental team for the Waterford Crystal final against Limerick but have a lot of regulars in their bench.

KERRY (SF v Mayo) - B Kealy; P Kilkenny, M Griffin, S Enright; J Lyne, F Fitzgerald, P Murphy; D Moran, B Sheehan; M Geaney, K O'Leary, J Buckley; S O'Brien, P Geaney, BJ Keane.

MAYO (SF v Kerry) - R Hennelly; S Coen, K Keane, K Higgins; L Keegan, C Barrett, P Durcan; S O'Shea, D Vaughan; K McLoughlin, A Gallagher, J Doherty; E Regan, A Freeman, M Ronaldson.

DERRY (SF v Donegal) - T Mallon; O Duffy, N Holly, J O'Kane; K Johnston, G O'Kane, M Craig; M Lynch, C McAtamney; B Heron, D Heavron, E Lynn; SL McGoldrick, E McGuckin, B McGoldrick.

CORK (SF v Dublin) - K O'Halloran; T Clancy (Fermoy), T Clancy (Clonakilty), J Loughrey; J O'Sullivan, E Cadogan, B O'Driscoll; F Goold, I Maguire; M Collins, D O'Connor, C O'Driscoll; C O'Neill, D Hodnett, B Hurley.

CORK (SH V Limerick) - P Collins; W Kearney, D Cahalane, S O'Donoagh; B O'Sullivan, L McLoughlin, G O'Connor; P Haughney, A Walsh; B Murray, C McCarthy, B Lawton; S Moylan, L O'Farrell, D McCarty.

GALWAY (SH v Carlow) - C Callanan; R Burke, F Moore, P Mannion; C Flynn, D Collins, G McInerney;J Cooney, J Coen; D Higgins, A Smith, P Brehony; J Regan, J Glynn, B Molloy.

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