Wednesday 21 March 2018

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Brendan Kealy

Club: Kilcummin Age: 29 Height: 6'1" Weight: 13st C'ship Debut: 2010

Beaten for three goals against Cork in the drawn Munster final but things have been very much steadier in the Kerry defence since then. Kealy was especially solid against Tyrone in the All-Ireland semi-final.

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Fionn Fitzgerald

Club: Dr Crokes Age: 25 Height: 5'11" Weight: 11st C'ship debut: 2013

Fate does strange things. After kicking the equaliser against Cork, which kept Kerry on the direct route, he lost his place and didn't feature again until Marc Ó Sé was black-carded against Tyrone. He obviously impressed enough to displace Paul Murphy.


Aidan o'mahony

Club: Rathmore Age: 35 Height: 6'0" Weight 13st C'ship debut: 2004

Comes in for Marc Ó Sé for what will be his 67th championship game, he really is one of football's most enduring and adaptable performers. Equally at home in the full-back or half-back lines, there's a touch of steel to everything he does.

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Shane Enright

Club: Tarbert Age: 27 Height 6'0" Weight: 13st C'ship Debut: 2011

He's a leading contender for an All Star but it's best for Kerry not to count any chickens on that front before he engages with Dublin's danger men. Still, Enright's confidence is sky-high at present. Lucky to avoid 'black' against Tyrone.

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Jonathan Lynne

Club: Killarney Legion Age: 25 Height: 6'1" Weight: 13st 5lbs C'ship Debut: 2012

He got his chance for the Munster final replay and did well enough to retain a starting place since then. Apart from one or two errors against Tyrone, he did well, improving as he game went on.

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Peter Crowley

Club: Laune Rangers Age: 25 Height: 6'0" Weight: 13st 8lbs C'ship Debut: 2012

Last year's All Star centre-back, his form hasn't been as good this season but he did well against Tyrone in the semi-final. Could find himself posted anywhere in Kerry defence, thanks to his great versatility.

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Killian young

Club: Renard Age: 28 Height: 5'11" Weight: 13st 7lbs C'ship Debut: 2006

Next to Marc Ó Sé, he is Kerry most experienced defenders and plays accordingly, using his craft to take him into Kerry's main blocking channels. Strong in the tackle, he's reliable in all other facets too.


Anthony Maher

Club: Duagh Age: 28 Height 6'5" Weight 15st 6lbs C'ship Debut: 2010

Kerry supporters are predicting that Maher and David Moran will be the All Star pairing. It's a tad early to be so sure! Maher is a classic example of the power of persistence, working very hard over the years to take him to the high level he now enjoys.



Club: Kerins O'Rahillys Age: 27 Height 6'3" Weight: 14st 7lbs C'ship Debut: 2008

He's 6/4 favourite to be Footballer of the Year but it didn't stop him being replaced three-quarters of the way through the semi-final clash with Tyrone. And he was missed as Tyrone stormed into the game after his departure.


Stephen O'Brien

Club: Kenmare Age: 24 Height: 6'0" Weight: 13st 7lbs C'ship Debut: 2014

He did very well against Kildare and Tyrone, scoring a total of 1-6, but then the Kerry attack is such a competitive environment these days that consistent excellence is required all the time. He's well capable of rising to the challenge.



Club: Dr Crokes Age: 26 Height: 6'3" Weight: 14st 5lbs C'ship Debut: 2012

Troubled by a knee injury earlier on in the campaign but it has cleared up, which made it possible for him to perform near the peak of his extensive powers against Tyrone. His strength will be an important weapon against the Dublin defence.



Club: Cromane Age: 31 Height: 6'1" Weight: 13st 8lbs C'ship Debut: 2008

Kerry have flashier forwards and more prolific ones too but none can match Mr Consistency for workrate and general application. He patrols the pitch from end to end, running himself to a standstill. Rarely wastes possession.



Club: Dr Crokes Age: 32 Height: 6'0" Weight: 12st 5lbs C'ship Debut: 2002

Big days are his natural stage but he's still not quite back to the 'Gooch' of old, even allowing for his excellence against Kildare. He found the Tyrone defence a wholly different proposition. Still, he will have been at the centre of much of Jim Gavin's defensive planning.



Club: Dingle Age: 24 Height: 6'1" Weight: 13st 10lbs C'ship debut: 2013

It's all about taking the big chance at this level. Geaney made the most of it when replacing Kieran Donaghy at half-time against Tyrone, doing enough in the second half to keep the captain off the starting team tomorrow.

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Club: Killarney Legion Age: 25 Height: 5'10" Weight: 13st C'ship Debut 2011

He hit Dublin for 2-3 in the 2013 All-Ireland semi-final so they know full well what's he's capable of. A shoulder injury sustained against Kildare restricted him in the build-up to the Tyrone game so he's likely to be better tuned in for this test.

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