Wednesday 22 November 2017

Harnedy, Murphy boost for Rebels

Brian Murphy in action during the 2013 All-Ireland final
Brian Murphy in action during the 2013 All-Ireland final
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

there was good news for Cork hurling on the double yesterday with experienced defender Brian Murphy returning to the panel and Seamus Harnedy declaring that he's winning his battle to be fit for his team's Munster SHC opener against Waterford on Sunday week.

Two-time All-Ireland medallist Murphy announced his retirement from inter-county hurling last year, but following impressive recent championship form, he has rejoined the county panel.

Harnedy, meanwhile, picked up a hamstring injury in the League final defeat to the Deise but is optimistic that he will be ready for the Semple Stadium showdown.

"I did a bit of damage to my hamstring late on but thank God it's after making a good recovery and hopefully I'll put my name in the hat for Waterford next week," he said. "I'm making good progress and nearly back into full training."

Elsewhere, seven members of Tyrone's All-Ireland winning U-21 squad have been selected as recipients of the inaugural 'EirGrid 21 U-21 Awards' which honours the best 21 players from this year's championship.

A total of eight counties are represented on the team as chosen by former Dublin captain Bryan Cullen and Galway's Michael Meehan, as well as members of the Gaelic Writers Association.

Players from Tipperary (6) Roscommon (2), Dublin (2), Donegal, Kildare, Cork and Galway (all one each) are named on the side alongside the Tyrone selection.

Lee Brennan and Cathal McShane from Tyrone and Tipperary midfielder Colin O'Riordan have been nominated for the player of the year award, which supporters can vote for on the GAA's Facebook page between May 29-31.

Irish Independent

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