Canning and Farragher woe for Galway
Galway hurlers have been hit with a massive double blow ahead of their championship opener, with both Joe Canning and Ger Farragher ruled out of the starting 15 for the Leinster quarter-final against Westmeath on Saturday evening.
The two former All Stars have failed to recover from injury and manager John McIntyre said yesterday that neither would start in Mullingar. Canning (hamstring) and Farragher (knee) could be on the bench.
"That's as much as we can hope for," said McIntyre. "Neither of them will start and we won't know until later in the week whether they will be able to tog out and be among the subs."
Another forward, Iarla Tannian, has already been ruled out with a fractured thumb, while the recalled Alan Kerins is unavailable and there is a doubt about Niall Donoghue (calf).
Flynn lands Hero of the Future award
A YOUNG Galway footballer, who is already being tipped to solve the Tribesmen's problems at midfield, has won the 2011 Cadburys Hero of the Future award.
Thomas Flynn, who hails from hurling stronghold Athenry, starred at midfield for the Galway U-21s this season.
He was one of 14 players short-listed as winners of man-of-the-match awards during the Cadburys U-21 Football Championship, and Flynn's performances in the All-Ireland semi-final against Cork and final against Cavan swung it for him.
On top of a trophy, Flynn received a cheque for €1,000 and his club (St Mary's) and the Galway County Board also received €1,000 in grants.
He joins a select group of Heroes of the Future -- who have all gone on to star at senior level.
Previous winners of the award were Mayo's Keith Higgins (2006), Cork's Fintan Goold ('07), Kerry's Killian Young ('08), Cork's Colm O'Neill ('09) and Dublin's Rory O'Carroll (2010).